Posts Tagged ‘Iroshizuku kon-peki’


Pen Stuff And Giggles


Babies are always cute but some have a brightness and charm that is engaging beyond the usual. Nash is one of them. The pen links aren’t bad either.


Sunday Reads: Flex Nibs, Ink, And Stifflexible


Pen links and other goodies…

Four years on, these writing tools remain favorites.


Clairefontaine, Stillman & Birn, Platinum #3776 Century Nice and Nice Pur, Conklin Durograph Stub, Iroshizuku, J. Herbin, Noodler’s Ink, Sailor Ink, Tomoe River paper.


Links From Calligraphy To Pencils To Nibs


Time to kick off 2016…

A year later and these are still some of my favorite things.


Closing Out 2014


Now that the year is over, a brief recap is in order. I had hoped to adopt a canine companion, but finding a rescue that wouldn’t trigger allergies proved illusive. However, my collection of tools expanded with some new favorites.

  • Platinum #3776 Century Nice and Nice Pur since they are clearly brilliant.
  • Conklin Duragraph Stub for a well-priced wide nib with character.
  • Noodler’s General of the Armies because I love blue-green ink.
  • Iroshizuku kon-peki for an all-purpose blue.
  • J. Herbin Orange Indien since I’m a sucker for orange.
  • Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu when only evergreen will do.
  • Tomoe River Paper for fountain pens and even a dab of watercolor.
  • Clairefontaine for it’s variety of formats and fountain pen friendly paper.
  • Stillman & Birn for watercolor and art journals.

A big thank you to Exaclair, Stillman & Birn, Luxury Brands USA, Jet Pens, and Paper for Fountain Pens for sending so many wonderful products to enjoy and review. Without your generosity, Inkophile couldn’t exist.


Iroshizuku Kon-Peki Ink


A bottle of Iroshizuku Kon-Peki arrived this week courtesy of Jet Pens and frankly, online swatches do not do this ink justice. It is a color that needs to be viewed in person to appreciate.

Kon-Peki (deep azure blue) is very similar to Diamine Mediterranean Blue, one of my favorite inks. The latter is a tiny bit more turquoise, but that is only evident in a side-by-side comparison. Med Blue is slightly brighter and more saturated, but Kon-Peki is deeper, more subdued and consequently more versatile. One shouts the color while the other says it at a more socially acceptable volume.

Then there are the other properties. Kon-Peki shades better than Mediterranean Blue with a wider range to the tones. Coverage and flow are excellent with Kon-Peki though it isn’t highly lubricated. Writing with it in the Platinum #3776 Century is effortless on Rhodia paper. On cheap paper, it’s performance is comparable to Noodler’s Black, the ink that sets my standard for dealing with junk paper. That places it on par with most other Iroshizuku inks and above a few that are a tad persnickety about paper quality.

Both Kon-Peki and Mediterranean Blue would be categorized as blue though they do lean slightly towards turquoise. The real Iroshizuku turquoise is Ku-Jaku which has significantly more green in it. Any one of these would make a memorable signature ink, but Kon-Peki is better suited to a work environment than the other two.

Kon-Peki came in second behind Yama-Budo in the favorite Iroshizuku poll. That makes it the number one blue ink which is high praise indeed.

Now I want to know if there is a pen to match this ink. Any suggestions?


Which Ink Makes You Happy?


It doesn’t have to be just one ink, but which ink makes you happy? It could be any characteristic that does it for you or a combination like color and shading. Turquoise and orange do it for me along with the sort of flow that makes the nib glide.

I have touted Diamine Mediterranean Blue for years. It’s a bright turquoise ink that leans more blue than green. It has good flow and makes a lovely companion for my Platinum #3776 music nib. I am not usually so loyal, but Med Blue has charmed me for years. The pen and ink haven’t been mates for quite some time as the music nib is one of my best pens for ink tests. Might have to find another pen for that purpose and let the two friends take a holiday together.

Elaine from Jet Pens sent a bottle of Iroshizuku kon-peki yesterday, so I have a new turquoisy ink to consider though ku-jaku is number two on my list for turquoise/teal. Will it be replaced? Probably not, but kon-peki is coming on strong. More on that in a few days.

Noodler’s Turquoise Eel might be just the thing for narrow nibs, but I’ve never used it. The urge to order ink is growing stronger and this ink is one of the reasons.

Orange is a bit more complex. Diamine Sepia is an earthy orange-brown that is a fun ink especially with its shading and outlining. It loves the #3776, but it has enjoyed a wide variety of mates over the years. For a more true orange, Noodler’s Apache Sunset is hard to beat and its one of the best shading inks for flexible nibs. When I am in a mood for ink closer to red or pink, Diamine Vermilion will do though it isn’t a lubricating ink.

That’s my short list. Now it’s your turn. Which ink or inks make you happy?

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