Hey all, just wanted to give you guys a heads up on the lack of posts lately. I’ve been in Washington, D.C. on vacation for the past few days. I got a chance to stop into Fahrney’s Pens, a wonderful shop with a great selection. I’ll be back in a few days and I already know there’s some cool new stuff waiting for me to review when I get back!
Stipula Verde Muschiato
Fountain Pen Ink Review
Pen: Conklin Crescent Filler
Ink: Stipula Verde Muschiato
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5
Notes: This is the first Stipula ink I have tried. First impression is that there’s some really cool shading going on, especially in the Conklin’s 1.1mm stub nib. As for the color itself, I don’t know how I feel about it. It’s definitely reminding me of Rohrer & Klingner’s Alt-Goldgrun and Diamine’s Salamander. The ink performs well, but it’s slightly on the dry side. I’m not a huge fan of the color, but it’s definitely less intense than the Alt-Goldgrun, which makes it easier to read. I definitely won’t be buying a bottle, but if you’re into the color, it’s not a bad ink by any means. Thanks for reading! This ink was also part of the awesome ink sample package that Azizah at GourmetPens.com sent over a few months back – so thanks again!
- Nice shading
- Unique color
- Smooth writing
- Color may not be for everyone because it’s kind of ugly…
- A bit on the dry side
Rohrer & Klingner Salix
Fountain Pen Ink Review
Pen: Lamy 2000, Binderized Medium Nib
Ink: Rohrer & Klingner Salix
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5
Notes: This is the blue iron gall ink offering from Rohrer & Klingner, and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a solid performer on all types of paper I’ve tried it with (even cheap copy paper). It’s a well-behaved ink that could be easily used as a daily driver due to it’s versatility. The ink shades wonderfully and it’s super smooth in my Lamy 2000. This particular iron gall does on lighter initially than Diamine’s Registrar’s Ink. Shading is about the same though. As with all iron gall inks, they darken up a bit as they dry, while permanently bonding with the paper in the process. I was a big fan of R&K Scabiosa (I recently bought an entire bottle), and now I can add Salix to the want list. Like all iron gall inks, try not to leave it loaded in a pen too long, as they can become corrosive over extended periods of time. I’ve never had an issue, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on. I’m really loving this ink though, and I think I may need to add a bottle to my collection. Thanks for reading!
- Awesome shading
- Great on cheap paper
- Iron gall permanence!
- Special B5 7.5″ x 10″
- 6mm Lined Ruling, 35 lines / page
- 70 sheets (140 Pages) of off-white paper
- Date and page number headings
- Heavy cardboard covers
- Black double wire binding
- $14.50 from JetPens
Handwritten Review Pictures:
The Kokuyo Campus Wide notebook looks pretty great. The olive green, heavy cardboard covers, paired with the black double wire binding makes for an awesome looking notebook. Huge thanks to my friends over at JetPens for sending over the book for review! Their site lists the book as being “fountain pen friendly” but I don’t think I’m with them on that 100%. Enjoy the review!
Check out JetPens for tons of awesome Japanese pens and stationery. Free shipping on orders over $25, and hitting that is pretty easy with all the great stuff they have. So thanks again!
Appearance and Construction:
The Campus Wide notebook in olive green looks awesome. All of the color and design choices in the book compliment each other so well. The off-white paper has a maroon upper and lower line, with light grey lines in between. The black wire binding adds some nice contrast and is a welcomed departure from the standard silver metal. I love the color palette of the notebook, dark green and maroon are two of my favorite colors, and coincidentally the first colors of fountain pen ink I had ever purchased (Diamine Evergreen and Diamine Oxblood).
The notebook is also constructed quite well. The heavy stock rigid covers make it easy to write anywhere, for the handwritten portion of the review I was leaning on my lap. The double wire binding can take a beating, and aren’t easily bent, making the pages easy to turn. The Campus Wide notebook is a winner in terms of appearance and construction.
Performance and Feel:
The 70g off-white paper is smooth, but it’s having quite the show through problem. There’s no feathering and ink dries on the page pretty quick. I imagine an extra fine nib would work okay, but if you’re using the paper to take notes with a fountain pen, you might not have the best time. This paper would definitely be better suited to gel or ballpoint pens (or any other non-liquid based ink).
The paper is listed as fountain pen friendly, but I don’t think I agree. I would like to be able to use both sides of the sheet, but the showing/bleeding is a bit too much. I much prefer the Maruman Mnemosyne B5 notebook for a fountain pen friendly B5 notebook with off-white paper.
Color and Ruling:
The off-white paper is easy on the eyes. Mix that with the wubtle grey micro-dot ruling and maroon accents, and you have a really nice looking page. There’s a spot in the header for the date and page number, which is a nice touch. The 6mm rule nicely compliments the size of the page, as well as my handwriting. It’s slightly narrower than the 7mm rule I’m used to, but I still like it. There are other versions of the book with different colored covers with slightly different ruling spacing. Even though the paper is off-white, it still does a good job of showing off the color of the ink. Once again, it’s a shame that the paper isn’t slightly more ink-resistant, as I really like the features of the book.
- Great looking book
- Perfect size (B5)
- No feathering
- Rigid covers
- Significant show-though
- Wider nibs will bleed through
Oh how I wish the paper in this book was slightly heavier. If you don’t mind using only one side of the page, you may like the book. It’s well designed and I like the color palette quite a bit. It’s understated and simple, right up my alley. There’s no feathering and it’s smooth to write on, but the bleed through is just a bit too much for me to give it the seal of approval. If you need a great looking notebook to use with other types of pens, definitely consider this one. Thanks again to JetPens for sending over the notebook for review!
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- Jinhao 159 with Nemosine 0.8 nib with Diamine Oxblood
- TWSBI VAC-700 1.1mm nib with Akkerman Treves-Turquoise
- Pelikan M625 Burgundy M 14k nib with Diamine Red Dragon
- ONOTO Minoris #5 two tone gold nib with Akkerman Brown #23
Favourite pen is the recently restored (by Peter Crook-Carneil pens) ONOTO Minoris which is a pre-WWII plunge filler, lovely flexy nib, just wish my leftie handwriting could do it justice!
Thanks for the new submission! You can check out his old submission here. That Onoto looks awesome, consider me jealous! One Star also makes great stuff, I’m sure you’ll have it for years to come. Thanks for sharing!
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