Posts Tagged ‘Exaclair’

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Herbin Améthyste de l’Oural Giveaway Winner!

08/10/2017

The Herbin Améthyste de l’Oural giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all of the ink aficionados who entered. Your comments showed great enthusiasm and anticipation for the new ink.

Also, thank you to Karen at Exaclair for sending a bottle of the lovely ink to share with you. She has been a huge supporter of this blog for which I will always be grateful.

Drum roll please. Congratulations to Robyn Brown, the lucky winner! Please contact me at inkophile@gmail.com to arrange shipment. I hope you love Améthyste as much as I do.

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Giveaway: Herbin “1798” Jacques Herbin Amethyste de l’Oural Fountain Pen Ink

08/01/2017

Herbin’s new “1798” Jacques Herbin Amethyste de l’Oural fountain pen ink was announced today with availability slated for September 1, 2017. It’s a lovely color with glints of silver that reminds me of an amethyst and platinum ring my mother bequeathed my daughter. Purple and silver are beautiful together, subtle but elegant.

Karen at Exaclair, Inc., the U.S. distributor for Herbin, gave me a bottle that I am going to give away. To enter, all you have to do is post a comment below about the new ink. One entry per person. Shipping to a U.S. address only. The random drawing will be held August 10, 2017 at 6 pm PDT. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me at inkophile@gmail.com to claim the prize.

Good luck to all!

Update: This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been announced. Thank you to all who participated!

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A Quo Vadis Planner for 2017

10/20/2016

Laurie Huff from Quo Vadis blog sent a 2017 Plan & Note Weekly Open Format planner for review and it’s going to fit perfectly into my journaling plans for next year.

Some details from the Quo Vadis website:

  • Sleek and compact – made for organized note keeping on-the-go
  • Open space for planning & notes
  • Week across two full pages
  • 2017 monthly planning pages
  • 12 months – January-December
  • Bound-smooth rubberized hardboard covers
  • Color binding & match elastic closure (blue, purple or rose)
  • Anno-planning for 2017 & 2018
  • White 90g paper
  • Crisp, two color print – grey & blue
  • Tear-off corner opens to week in progress
  • Bound in address book

All to the good, but this statement on the inner cover intrigued me from the first word. “Freedom to organize your day.  No boundaries. No boxes. Just Open Space.” Exactly! Use it as a planner, journal, diary or all three in the same day.

Form and fit are well-executed. Stitched binding encourages the journal to lay flat for comfortable writing. The desk sized version has a writing area of 13 x 3.5 cm for each day with 5 mm line spacing. The area for notes is the same size and located at the bottom of the right hand page. The lines and details are pale and unobtrusive. Whatever you write will be the star attraction against the soft background.

Confession time. I was reluctant to put a mark on the lovely paper. It seemed a travesty to mar its smooth surface. Consequently, the journal sat on my desk for several days before it met a pen. Ink tests showed no feathering with a couple of nearly imperceptible exceptions visible only under magnification. There was no bleed-through and virtually no show-through except with a Sharpie. (I like Sharpies but cannot figure out where to use them. Suggestions?)

The journal could use a bookmark so I added a book thong that won’t interfere with writing. Yeah, it’s girlie and dangly, but it dresses up the place.

For my purposes, the year-at-a-glance will be for birthdays and anniversaries, the monthly section for appointments and events, while the weekly pages will work as a journal. That’s just one approach. With three calendars, it can be adapted to a variety of uses.

So there you go. Fine form, excellent paper, open format. The worst thing about my Quo Vadis 2017 Plan & Note? I have to wait until the new year to put it to use!

Thanks, Laurie, for the planner and opportunity to review it.

More uses for planners at Quo Vadis blog.

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Namiki Falcon And J. Herbin Meet Clairefontaine

07/19/2016

A Namiki (Pilot) Falcon sporting a soft fine nib makes a lovely bridge between J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir and Clairefontaine French-Ruled paper. This isn’t calligraphy, but rather whimsical, swirly lettering that suits the way the nib likes to dance over the smooth surface of the paper. The ink provides proof that the pen and paper came together.

If you want the trio, Writer’s Bloc carries the pen, paper and ink. Nibs.com carries the pen and will modify it in amazing ways. John Mottishaw is their nibmeister and he may well be the best at his craft.

If you want to experiment with a flex nib but not tax your budget, Noodler’s makes fountain pens that will give you a sense of what it’s like to achieve thick and thin in the same stroke. Amazon offers the range in various colors though my clear Standard Flex is hard to beat when it comes to showing off ink to its best advantage.

 

So go have some flex fun filling lots and lots of pages, but don’t be surprised if it becomes an addiction. It’s a fat-free, guilt-free one and will even keep your hand out of the cookie jar while you doodle away. Cool, eh?

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J. Herbin 1670 “Caroube de Chypre”

06/23/2016

Coming at the end of July…

Folded pens are available from John Neal Bookseller.

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I’m In A New Relationship

05/17/2016

Not that kind!

However, in order to support the acquisition of new products to review, I have become an Amazon Affiliate. Amazon pays pennies on the dollar, but put enough together, and I can purchase ink samples and paper. Pens not so much.

Now when you click a link, it may take you to Amazon if it offers that product at a reasonable price. Should you decide to purchase through that link, Inkophile will earn a very small commission. If a retailer sends a product for review, the link will go to the retailer’s website. If I purchase an item, the link will go to Amazon if they carry it. If not, the link will go to someone who does or there may be a link to the manufacturer or distributor. Often that depends on which website has the best images or the most information.

Carol at Luxury Brands USA, Karen at Exaclair, and Michael at Stillman & Birn have been mentioned frequently for continuously contributing items to review, but also because I really like and use their products. A number of other companies have sent items here and there and for that I am also appreciative.

In addition there are fellow inkophiles and pen lovers who have most generously sent paper and ink thereby enabling my enabling of you to acquire some of the best of the best. Good folks all.

Unlike in a real relationship, Amazon only makes a limited commitment. I have about four months to prove Inkophile is able to create a few sales. But no worries if it doesn’t pan out. Something else will.

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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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