Posts Tagged ‘fountain pen ink’

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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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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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