Posts Tagged ‘montblanc ink’

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Sunday Reads: From Montblanc To India To Bamboo Pens

04/30/2017

Pens, inks and all sorts of other stuff…

Platinum #3776 Music Nib and friends meet a Stillman & Birn Sketchbook:

 

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Fountain Pen Ink Survey

02/20/2016

Sugna on FPN has posted a survey about fountain pen ink with a drawing for a bottle of Montblanc JFK Navy Blue. The survey is for academic purposes and should take less than two minutes to complete. Wanna play along?

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More Of Those Eclectic Links

06/01/2014

It was a very weird week, but I did find some good stuff to share…

Flashmob Extraordinaire!

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Montblanc Ink Has The Blues – Black, Too

09/19/2013

Montblanc is expanding its ink offering to more permanent colors with the addition of a blue and a black that are iron gall based. Given the new ink is intended for use in MB pens, these inks ought to be relatively safe in any fountain pen.

Midnight Blue is being reformulated to a less permanent version. If you like the current Midnight Blue, stock up now. Inventory is already running low at many stores. Expect the new inks to be on the shelves in the next month or so.

For those who are not familiar with iron gall, read So What’s The Deal With Iron Gall Ink? Montblanc has a good record of producing trouble-free ink and the new releases are not likely to disappoint. Especially where Noodler’s is not readily available, the new MB inks could be just the thing when permanence is critical.

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Fountain Pen Inks That Celebrate Autumn Colors

11/10/2012

Sometimes the inks in my rotation do a little ink dance in my daily journal. The steps consist of the ink name plus a doodle that shows the ink color to good advantage.

My most recent ink and pen duos were chosen at random and include a few favorites plus several inks that warranted testing in pens different from their last outings. None of those former couples were wedded but rather suffered ill-fated flings. Time to be a bit more successful at matchmaking.

To my surprise and without planning, my rotation took on the colors of autumn. I have no idea how that happened but the result is quite pleasing.

Autumn Inks

Autumn Inks

Pens in order from top to bottom:

  • Pelikan M215, custom cursive italic
  • Levenger True Writer, Masuyama stub
  • Lamy Safari, custom fine cursive italic
  • Levenger True Writer, Masuyama cursive italic
  • Namiki Falcon (resin), Soft Fine
  • Pilot Elite Socrates pocket pen, Fine
  • Levenger True Writer, Fine
  • Lamy AL-Star, Oblique Broad
  • Lamy Vista, 1.1mm italic
  • Lamy AL-Star, custom fine italic

Notes: Montblanc Racing Green has been discontinued and Noodler’s FPN Dumas Tulipe Noire was a limited edition release. Noodler’s #41 Brown is the original formulation – not the one currently available. The Pilot pocket pen was made in 1976 but all of the other pens are current models. The paper is Strathmore Windpower Sketch. It’s a bit toothy for fountain pens but excellent for swabs and doodles.

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Is This Ink List Too Long?

09/15/2012

Some inks make it into my rotation based on just one characteristic. Not that these beauties don’t possess other stellar qualities but the inks on this list make it for color alone.

Blue:

  • Noodler’s Ottoman Azure – Greenish blue. Flows well in fine nibs.
  • Noodler’s Eel Blue – Medium dark blue. Very lubricating. Piston fillers.
  • Diamine Royal Blue – Medium blue. Shows well in broad nibs.
  • Iroshizuku syo-ro – Soft greenish blue. Good in all pens.
  • Diamine Mediterranean Blue – Bright sky/ocean blue. Broad nibs.
  • Iroshizuku ku-jaku – Dark turquoise. Free-flowing.

Green:

  • Montblanc Racing Green – Very dark green. Shades beautifully.
  • Noodler’s Zhivago – Very dark green. Looks black at times.
  • J. Herbin Vert Empire – Muted green.
  • Diamine Emerald – Medium green.
  • Iroshizuku shin-ryoku – Blue green with good flow.

Purple:

  • Diamine Violet – Purple that flows very well. Perfect for wide nibs.
  • Caran d’Ache Storm – Grayed red-purple.
  • De Atramentis Aubergine – Non-bright purple.

Brown:

  • Diamine Sepia – Orange brown. Shades and outlines.
  • Noodler’s #41 Brown – Dark brown.
  • Noodler’s Golden Brown – Yellow brown. Shades.
  • Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan – Somewhat pale yellow brown. Shades.
  • J. Herbin Lie de The – Medium dark brown.

Orange:

  • Noodler’s Cayenne – Orange red.
  • Diamine Vermillion – Red orange.
  • Noodler’s Apache Sunset – Intense orange. Excellent shading.

Red:

  • Noodler’s Red-Black – Dark red with strong black element. Shades.
  • Diamine Monaco Red – Dull red.
  • Noodler’s Tiananmen – Brick red.

Magenta:

Blue-Black:

  • Iroshizuku tsuki-yo – Greenish blue-black. Good flow.
  • Waterman Blue-Black – Unsaturated blue-black. Very safe ink.
  • Diamine Teal – Saturated greenish blue-black. Best on quality paper.

Black/Gray:

  • Noodler’s Lexington Gray – Dark gray.
  • Noodler’s Black – Basic black. Reliable.
  • J. Herbin Perle Noire – Very black. Good coverage.
  • Sailor Deep Rust Black – Brown black. Good flow.

Yes, the list is long but only a few inks go into pens at one time. What’s on your list?

Note: Links are to previous Inkophile mentions and reviews.

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Ink Talk At Fountain Pen Network

07/30/2012

If you haven’t visited FPN recently, they’ve expanded and made it easier to find things that will surely appeal to an inkophile.

Just for fun here are a few of my favorite inks. Note that the swatches are imperfect and a bit pale. Even so these inks are awfully pretty and frequently in my rotation.

A Few of My Favorite Inks

A Few of My Favorite Inks

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