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: Thank you to Tyler of Oraganics Studio for sending me home from the DC Pen Show with a few bottles of ink to try out! This particular ink is called “The Real Teal” – it supports cancer research, with a portion of the proceeds being donated every time a bottle is purchased. The ink itself is hand made right in Maryland and it performs great. It’s got a good flow in the Lamy 2000 and some nice mild shading. The ink provides some great lubrication to the nib and glides easily across the page. The color is similar to Diamine Marine, which I happen to love. It’s a great ink, made in the USA and supports a great cause. Definitely check this one out!
Since the new app called Hyperlapse came out, I figured I’d give it a try. Here’s a little look into how I do an ink review. I thought the time-lapse was pretty cool. There will definitely be more of these in the future, let me know what you think!
Also, don’t worry – the full review of the J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey is coming really soon! It’s a great shade of grey with a ton of gold fleck suspended in the ink. I will absolutely be picking up a bottle when it comes out!
Notes: Kaweco’s Aubergine comes in both cartridge and bottle form. It’s a pleasant shade of medium purple that I like quite a bit. It doesn’t fall into that wonderful “dusty purple” category I love so much, but it’s pretty darn close. Like all of the Kaweco inks I’ve tried, it’s very smooth and has great flow. There’s a surprisingly nice amount of shading considering that I did the review with a fine nib, I should really check this ink out in something a bit wider to unleash its full potential. I’m very happy about the new bottled ink format because I think it will really open the ink line up to more people, as their inks were only available in international short cartridges. Big thanks to Sebastian over at Kaweco for sending this bottle of ink over for review!
Notes: I recently acquired a few bottles of Organics Studio inks, and this grey really stood out. It’s pretty awesome. It’s got a very wet flow and it’s super smooth. It’s pretty much a perfect fit with my Lamy 2000’s tuned up medium nib. The generous flow makes the ink shade nicely as well, I’m sure it would be great in a flex nib or italic. It reminds me of the Iroshizuku kiri-same, but I think this ink has a bit more generous flow to it. It’s a great daily driver, in that the color is conservative enough but it’s still a little interesting. I’m really happy with how the ink writes and I can’t wait to review the rest of the Organics Studio inks I have!
No surprise here, another well-performing, beautiful ink from the Iroshizuku line. Tsuki-Yo (Moonlit Night) is a great shade of medium blue with a tiny hint of green in it. It has some nice high contrasting shading going on in this 1.5mm stub, and I really want to put it in a flex nib. It could easily be used as an everyday ink, as it’s not too crazy a shade, and it is relatively conservative. As with all of the Iroshizuku inks, it comes in a great looking box and an even better looking bottle. It’s so hard to not love these inks, the only thing getting in the way of me owning the entire collection is the price. They’re a bit pricey at $28.00/bottle (50ml), but I really enjoy them as a display piece. I have yet to go through an entire bottle of any ink, so they should last a very long time. Tsuki-Yo is has great flow, is nice and wet in the 1.5mm stub. It’s not too dry or too wet, and performs well on most paper. I really love this ink, and I’m glad I have a bottle now. Huge thanks to my friends over at JetPens for sending the bottle over for review!
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