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: 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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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!
Great on cheap paper
Iron gall permanence!
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