Posts Tagged ‘Noodler’s ink’

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Flex Nibs And Ink Characteristics

02/10/2019

When it comes to ink, color grabs us first. Whether the jewel-toned dual colors that have emerged in recent years or the traditional single colored inks that have been around forever, it is the property we prize the most. But what else does fountain pen ink have to offer?

Prior to the introduction of inks that sheen and shimmer, more subtle characteristics like shading and outlining (sometimes called haloing) received the attention and praise of aficionados. They are natural properties of some inks that can lend the written word a very unique look.

Shading happens when ink pools usually at the bottom of a letter. The higher concentration of ink produces a deeper shade than the upper portion. Outlining is a thin, dark line around a letter and is less common than shading. Flex nibs produce it best though wide nibs can do it, too.

Writing examples that illustrate shading and outlining.

Noodler’s Standard Flex and Apache Sunset

Platinum Century FF and Iroshizuku fuyu-syogun

Namiki Falcon SF and Diamine Mediterranean Blue

Noodler’s Standard Flex and Australian Roses

Noodler’s Konrad and Blue Nose Bear

Namiki Falcon SF and Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan

Noodler’s Dostoyevsky

Esterbrook 9128 with Namiki Blue

Platinum Music Nib and Diamine Sepia

 

Diamine Sepia will outline well, but paper may matter more with it than the other inks.

There are too many inks on the market these days to test them all so my list is rather short. You may find inks you already own will outline when used with a soft or flexible nib. There are a few relatively inexpensive fountain pens that would be up to the task of testing ink, but in that category, I only have experience with Noodler’s Standard Flex Pen. It might be better called a soft nib, but it will, with a little practice, produce enough line variation to tease an outline from an ink that is so inclined.

A thread at FPN offers more suggestions. I have used a few of the inks mentioned but have experienced different results or at least less dramatic results. Diamine Wild Strawberry is a case in point. It is excellent in my Platinum Century Nice medium nib with good performance all around. Though it produces crisp edges, the outlines are so close in color to the ink, that they are only discernable under magnification. Thus it outlines but not in a meaningful way. Some of the other inks mentioned in the FPN thread look promising and several are truly dazzling especially those from Robert Oster and Blackstone.

Does outlining appeal to you? Let me know if you discover an ink that does it well. Not that my ink collection needs to be expanded, but for outlining, I could make an exception or two.

 

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Midweek Links: Pen, Paper And Ink

11/28/2018

The first link about slowing down handwriting speed is good advice though it isn’t always practical. However, this action does improve legibility and suits any writing that others must read. The last link is to an article about one of my favorite journal creators and includes several pages as well as a few of the fountain pens he uses. Enjoy!

From the archives, my Autumn 2012 rotation:

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Sunday Reads: Ink, Journals, And Cursive

09/16/2018

Over the summer, my laptop exhibited all sorts of troubled behavior that culminated in a meltdown of its hard drive and failure of its flash drive, the one that was used for backups. Restoration is a work-in-progress. Even so, there are a few links that did not disappear down the rabbit hole that I hope you enjoy.

Smartest dog ever!

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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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Inks And Pens For December 2016

11/30/2016

The flowers from a watercolor video prompted my December ink rotation and prove that inspiration can be found anywhere. The colors might suggest summer, but they are making me happy today. And that is what counts.

Diamine Eau de Nile, Sailor Tokiwa-matsu, Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun, Diamine Violet, Diamine Tyrian Purple, Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses, J. Herbin Terre de Feu, Diamine Vermilion, and Stipula Calamo Sapphron. The pens include a Pelikan M215, Platinum #3776 music nib, Platinum Century Nice, TWSBI 580, Pilot Metropolitan, Platinum Plaisir and a Noodler’s 1820 Essex.

Watercolor video by Andrew Geeson.

Here are some of these items at Amazon.

Platinum #3776 Century MU: http://amzn.to/2dKtK2y
Pelikan M215 Med: http://amzn.to/2dSUInO
Pilot Black Metro Med: http://amzn.to/2cl4gat
J Herbin Terre de Feu: http://amzn.to/2dKww7M
R&K alt-goldgrun: http://amzn.to/2dKyxRt
Sailor Tokiwa-matsu: http://amzn.to/2eb7vnb
Stipula Calamo Sapphron: http://amzn.to/2gKnuas
Diamine Eau de Nile: http://amzn.to/2gHTOwV
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Sunday Reads: Pens, Ink And Journals

11/27/2016

Tidbits discovered this past week during the rare moments when life was not a distraction…

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My Fountain Pen Day Was Colored By Noodler’s

11/04/2016

Today was Fountain Pen Day and I opted for Noodler’s with a Neponset and Civilization’s Blue, a limited edition ink. You might not have heard of Civ Blue, but it is a terrific ink that shades, sheens and works beautifully on any grade of paper. Like a lot of saturated inks, it can dry slowly on paper like Clairefontaine but it’s worth the wait. Here is what Carol at Luxury Brands wrote about the ink when she offered me a bottle.

John and I are donating 100% of the proceeds to the ATO, (Assist the Officer Foundation). The foundation gives the money to injured law enforcement or to the families of officers killed in the line of duty. This is a very special ink. The brilliant coloration is representative of the thin blue line across the black ribbon that fellow officers wear after they have lost one of their own. The “thin blue line” is symbolic of the line between a civilized society with law enforcement or total anarchy without them. I wanted you to have a bottle. It will not be made again and it is almost gone. The ink is fraud proof, bulletproof, and eternal. I just noticed the other symbolic terms in reference to the ink properties and the law enforcement. Not intended but ironic.

As of a few days ago, Carol had a handful of bottles left. So if you want one, contact her directly at carol@luxurybrandsusa.com.

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