Posts Tagged ‘fountain pen ink’

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The Return Of Private Reserve Ink

12/23/2018

Did you know that Private Reserve Ink has returned with a new website and some old favorite colors? It has been ages since I bought any, but Avacado and Shell Pink will be welcome here come Spring. Arabian Rose, Burgundy Mist, Orange Crush or Gray Flannel might follow soon after.

The price is very reasonable including the six sample packs that are especially useful if you have no experience with this brand. The Ebony group would make a good choice for those who favor dark inks while the Winter sample pack is perfect for those who are fond of blue. The other four are mixed groups that will hit just the right notes for many inkophiles.

If you like highly saturated ink and don’t mind giving it a few extra seconds to dry, Private Reserve could be a worthy addition to your ink collection.

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Fountain Pens Are Cool

11/02/2018

Last week, HisNibs.com shared a link to a Bloomberg article about fountain pen ink that stated, “Worldwide, fountain pen sales are forecast to total $1.15 billion this year, up 3 percent from 2017 and almost 31 percent from a decade ago, according to market-research company Euromonitor International.” Yes, fountain pens are cool and so is ink.

An inkophile needs a stable of pens to test and compare several colors at the same time. A five-pen rotation works well for me and for a reasonable investment, these are some of my favorite models.

  • Pilot Metropolitan – My three are good writers, but might seem slender in a large hand.
  • Pilot Kakuno – Mine has a good nib and adds virtually no weight to my kit.
  • Platinum Plaisir – Good nibs and attractive colors. Slightly larger than the Metropolitan.
  • Kaweco Sport – Modern pocket pen works well in small spaces. Nibs can be swapped.
  • TWSBI Eco – Small nib and simple design, but folks swear by the Eco. The Diamond 580 is my preferred model.
  • Lamy Safari – Sturdy build, but the grip is awkward for some users. Nibs can be good if finicky about ink. The Studio is my preferred model for an everyday pen.
  • Nemosine Singularity – Good build for the price. My italics work best with well-lubricated inks.
  • Conklin Duragraph – The stub nibs are smooth and juicy. I liked the design and performance well enough to purchase two.

Although I have owned a few inexpensive Chinese pens that wrote well enough, most brands have been too inconsistent to recommend. However, for the modest investment, they could be worth the gamble. Amazon and eBay offer quite a few, but you might have better luck at His Nibs.

The Pilot Metropolitan has emerged as my favorite fountain pen for ink testing because it cleans easily and flows well with every ink. The Duragraph with its wide nib is good for general writing so it will often get filled with an ink I would use for a journal or correspondence. The Kakuno or the Singularity come out to play when aqua ink is on the menu. The Nova Orange Plaisir is happy with orange ink or sometimes a fill of Noodler’s Lexington Gray. Either way, it makes my desk look cheerful.

My current pen rotation for testing ink includes

  • Silver Pilot Metropolitan – green ink
  • Aqua Pilot Metropolitan, Kakuno, or Nemosine Singularity – blue/aqua ink
  • Plaisir – red/orange ink
  • TWSBI – purple/burgundy ink
  • Duragraph – black/brown ink

That makes five pens for under $150. Or a mix of Metropolitans and Plasirs could be put together for less than $75. Add a selection of ink samples and you are on your way to being a collector. Now wasn’t that easy!

Though I have never needed to make a return, do purchase where that would be easy. Low-end pens can be imperfect by some accounts though I suspect that is less common with the pens on my list.

Most of the links are to Amazon from which Inkophile receives a tiny commission when you buy within 24 hours of clicking the link. Thank you for your support.

 

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Sunday Reads: The Perfect Crime, Neil Gaiman And Ink

01/28/2018

The Perfect Crime tells a complete story, beginning, middle and end, in twelve seconds. It’s YouTube storytelling at its best.

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Sunday Reads: Junk And Other Stuff

12/17/2017

It was an eclectic week…

Got some last minute shopping to do on Amazon? Please consider using the Inkophile portal in the side bar. You can also get search results for Fountain Pens and Fountain Pen Inks via these links. It won’t increase your cost, but it will send a few pennies to my ink and pen fund. Thank you!

A bit of holiday spirit!

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Sunday Reads: Pens, Umbrellas, And A New Ink

11/26/2017

Pens and inks are great, but nothing beats a courageous critter.

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Sunday Reads: Twilight Blue And Reasons To Use A Fountain Pen

10/29/2017

Slow week, but still a few things to share…

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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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