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Platinum Nibs, Diamine And Leuchtturm1917

02/07/2016

Last night two Platinum Century pens shouted for attention following weeks of being on the back bench. How could I refuse?

The good news is that the nibs wrote beautifully from the first stroke despite a lack of recent exercise. The Century certainly can go a long time without attention. Both are smooth, but there is a slight difference between the medium and the soft medium. The latter has a cushioned feel to it which reduces feedback. The line width of the soft medium might be a tad more narrow, but that could be attributed to the ink. Both nibs are in the workhorse category. Use them for anything.

Next to Noodler’s and J. Herbin, Diamine is the brand of ink that got the most time in my pens last year. Wild Strawberry and Merlot were gifts from Beth Treadway and have proven good additions to my regular rotation. Merlot dries more slowly, but for the saturated color, I can be patient.

The Leuchtturm1917 remains one of my favorite journals though it could be better. If you look closely, the inks found threads to follow and produced more bleed-through than I would like. The previous night I used a Platinum #3776 music nib with J. Herbin Cafe des Iles that produced neither feathering nor bleeding. Pelikan Violet, Waterman Florida Blue, and Noodler’s Apache Sunset performed better on the paper than any ink except Noodler’s Black.

Does this mean Diamine inks have a problem or is the Leuchtturm paper inconsistent? Either way it’s a reminder that testing ink is valuable. The last page in a notebook is a convenient place to write the names of pens and inks for future reference. My sample page produced mixed results, but I now know which duos would be best to grab for a long day of note taking.

The Platinum Century M and SM are delightful to use and I love the soft Leuchtturm paper even with its imperfections so I want to pair the paper with inks that will not feather or bleed. Noodler’s Black and Lexington Gray might just do the trick. Not colorful, but oh so reliable. Sometimes that’s all you need.

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Short List Of Time-Tested Inks

12/26/2015

At year end making a list of new favorites is easy and there were some beauties in 2015. However, old favorites deserve recognition as well so I made a quick list of the inks that have been in my rotation the longest, some for more than ten years.

  • Noodler’s Black – Good for any use including with watercolors.
  • Waterman Blue-Black – Safe in vintage flex nibs and good at shading.
  • J. Herbin Lie de The – A relatively neutral brown with lovely shading.
  • J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune (old formula) – Pretty color and good for flex.
  • Diamine Emerald – Muted green that shades very well.
  • Diamine Mediterranean Blue – Cheerful color that is outstanding at shading.
  • Noodler’s Apache Sunset – The ultimate ink for flex writing.

On reviewing the list, I was surprised to find the group represented the color spectrum so well. All write well on a variety of papers so no worries on that score. Though my notes mention flex and shading, all of these inks perform well with italic nibs. This is simply a group of well-rounded inks that have made the transition from extra-fine nibs to wide nibs as my preferences have evolved. Next time a fresh rotation is in order, this group would make a versatile and reliable foundation.

Matching each to its favorite pen might cause some conflict since the Namiki Falcon is everyones preferred partner. Can’t you just hear the bickering? WBBk doesn’t participate in the competition since its usual mate is the Waterman’s 54. Who am I to argue with perfection?

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November Pens And Inks

11/13/2015

November pens and inks comprise a colorful palette for paper tests and a few letters. Midori Traveler’s Notebook takes it all in stride.

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New Acquisitions And Adventure

11/09/2015

Have you become leery of taking risks? With all of the opinions to be read online, there seems to be limited willingness to make less than perfect purchases. Adventure has been diminished giving way to a need for protection against disappointments and mistakes. Where’s the fun in that?

Certainly, no one wants to waste money on bad products like pens that don’t write or ink that doesn’t flow. However, using reviews and online debate to make “safe” choices eliminates the surprise of discovering something that is a perfect fit for you if not for others.

Thanks to some very generous suppliers and friends, my ink collection grew significantly this past year. Even so, I purchased a few bottles including colors about which I knew nothing. With the exceptions of Stipula Calamo Saffron, and Diamine Meadow and Marine, none of my choices were exceptional. Not disappointing, but they just weren’t exciting. Of the eight pens I’ve purchased in the past year or so, only half will get regular use. However, in future one of them might get combined with just the right ink and paper and make it to my list of favorites. Ever the optimist, eh?

On the reverse, too often an ink or pen that got raves elsewhere did not earn accolades from me. In no way does that disparage the product or reviewer. It is simply that my experience, expectations and needs were different.

So here’s the deal. Be intrepid. Take some chances. If you want someone to pave the road ahead, new acquisitions can be rather bland. However, if you can become less risk averse and take a few chances with purchases, you might discover something special. True of inks and pens, but life as well. I love pen folk and would be delighted to learn about your great finds even more than my own.

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Do You Favor Any Of These Inks?

09/22/2015

Introduced mostly through mutual friends, these are the inks that have captured my fancy this year:

  • Akkerman #18 Garuda Road
  • Akkerman #24 Zuiderpark Blauw-Groen
  • Akkerman #28 Hofkwartier Groen
  • Akkerman #26 Groenmarkt Smaragd
  • De Atramentis Cola Ink
  • Diamine Marine
  • Diamine Merlot
  • Diamine Tyrian Purple
  • Diamine Wild Strawberry
  • J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier
  • Noodler’s Park Red
  • Platinum Mixable Ink Aqua Blue
  • Platinum Mixable Ink Silky Purple
  • Platinum Pigment Rose
  • Sailor Miruai
  • Sailor Souten
  • Stipula Calamo Saffron
  • Super 5 Dublin

Two old favorites reemerged as good mates for a variety of pens.

  • Noodler’s Purple Martin
  • Stipula Calamo Verde Muschiato

Are any of these inks in your rotation? Which inks in your collection have emerged as special this year?

A big thank you to the folks who contributed to my wealth of new inks:

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Nemosine Singularity Stub – First Look

08/29/2015

Review notes for the Nemosine Singularity 0.8 stub.

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Family Portrait In Red

03/27/2015

In this case, it’s a family of red inks. The colors are quite similar and I readily admit to preferring the softer, warmer side of red. Thus there is a bias in my collection that adding J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier to my color swatches made only more obvious.

Top row: Noodler’s Park Red, Rohrer & Klingner Morinda, Diamine Maroon, Noodler’s Tiananmen

Bottom row: J. Herbin Caroubier, Rohrer & Klingner Fernambuk, Diamine Vermilion, Diamine Wild Strawberry, Noodler’s Cayenne

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