Ink Reviews – This is where all of my fountain pen ink reviews are posted. Expect at least one new ink review per week. My reviews include materials used, notes about the ink, passes, shading performance, a cursive writing sample, and comparison to similar or complimentary inks. My default ink reviewing pad is the Rhodia No. 16 dotPad.
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!
Color may not be for everyone because it’s kind of ugly…
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!
Notes: For the sake of your eyes, I’m writing this part of the review with a Sakura Pigma Micron. The Pelikan Highlighter ink was released with a special edition demonstrator M205 with a double broad nib. The ink isn’t that great for writing, but it looks and works awesome as a highlighter ink. I have it loaded in my Lamy Vista with a 1.5mm nib and it looks incredible inside the pen. The ink itself does tend to wash away some water-based fountain pen ink, and some gel ink too. It works great with the Pigma Micron’s pigmented ink, and it does a decent job with pigmented fountain pen inks like Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black. This review is a bit different from my typical ink reviews, so see the second handwritten page for how the highlighter works with a ton of different pens. I also happen to like the brightness as compared to two other green highlighters. Check the bottom picture to see how cool it looks loaded into a demonstrator. Thanks for reading!
Fun to use
Bright (!!!) green
Your eyeballs will melt if you attempt to use this for regular writing
Notes: First off, this is my second review with the Hero 9018 and it’s awesome for doing ink reviews. The variation in line width that’s obtainable with one pen/nib is great for showing off how an ink looks in different configurations. Onto the ink…all signs should say that I shouldn’t like this ink (because it’s orange) but I totally do. The great shading and burnt color bring the ink well outside of the typical range of oranges. This ink would look super great in the Kaweco ART Sport in Amber acrylic, and that’s probably where it will end up next. Practicality is questionable, but it’s a great ink that would nicely compliment a brown pen. One thing worth noting is that this ink likes to gunk up feeds and nibs when left unattended for a while. I only experienced this a little bit, but keep an eye on anything you have it in. It doesn’t appear to damage anything, but may be a bit hard to clean out. Also, huge thanks again to Azizah over at Gourmet Pens for sending over the sample!
Notes: This ink really needs to be in a flex pen or a stub nib to show off its true potential. Black Swan in Australian Roses is the more purple of the two Black Swan inks. The English Roses leans much more red than this ink does. It’s hard to see the awesome shading this ink is capable of, but instead of admitting that I should have put this in my Eversharp Symphony, I’m going to pretend I wanted to do a non-flex nib review of the ink. Definitely check out some other reviews to see what this stuff can do in a flexy nib, I’ll link some posts at the bottom of the review. In a normal nib, the ink writes a bit dry. Since it’s more than likely to be used in a wet flex nib, the dryness makes sense. In a pen that lays down a ton of ink, the slight dryness would be a welcomed characteristic. The color of the ink is nice, as is the mild shading in the Sailor medium nib. When I pushed the nib a bit on the second page of the review, you can begin to see how well the ink pools at the bottom of the downstrokes. It’s actually pretty similar to the Iroshizuku Yama-Budo if I had to compare it to anything. I prefer my purple inks dusty (ie: Akkerman Vorhoot Violet, Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa) – but this one is definitely no dud. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the pictures!