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Montblanc Defoe Writers Edition Palm Green Fountain Pen Ink

Montblanc Daniel Defoe Palm Green Ink Review

 Montblanc Palm Green
2014 Writer’s Edition
Fountain Pen Ink

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PenMontblanc 149, Medium Nib
Ink: Montblanc Daniel Defoe Palm Green
Paper: Kyokuto FOB COOP B5 Dot Grid

Montblanc Defoe Writers Edition Palm Green Fountain Pen Ink

Notes:

Huge thanks to Pen Boutique for sending the ink over for review! This is the Montblanc 2014 Writer’s Edition, Palm Green. The ink honors writer Daniel Defoe. I like the nicely shading green ink quite a bit. It’s a grassy green with a yellowy base that comes through quite nicely when the ink shades. The 149’s medium nib has a generous flow and does an excellent job of putting the ink down on paper. The ink is a limited edition, like the other Writer’s Series inks so if you like what you see, act fast! The packaging is different from Montblanc’s standard ink packaging (which I prefer), but I still like the presentation of the Palm Green. The ink reminds me of Rohrer & Klingner’s Alt-Goldgrun, but with more green and less gross. Thanks again to Pen Boutique for sending the ink over for review! You can pick up a bottle of your own right here.

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Pen Boutique is a retailer of fine writing instruments, inks, refills, and accessories. I had the pleasure of meeting them at the DC Pen Show and checking out their retail locations. They’re a great store, thanks again for the ink!

Pros:

- Nice Shading
– Great Color
– Limited Editions are always fun

Cons:

- None!

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Field Notes Unexposed Fall 2014 Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Fall 2014 Colors Edition
“Unexposed”

 

Specs From Field Notes:

“Here’s what we can tell you: each “Unexposed” pack features three 5.5-inch x 3.5-inch 48-page memo books in an opaque black sleeve. The interior paper features our “reticle graph,” last seen in the “Night Sky” Edition from Summer 2013.”

 

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Notes:

If you have yet to notice the trend of matte black, grey, and darker colored pens on the site, I dare you to look at some of the back posts. This edition of Field Notes is definitely not my cup of tea, but that’s not to say it’s not something fun and different. I was hoping for some more typical fall-themed colors and it appears that we got the polar opposite. The cool thing about the release is that they did not tell you what you were going to get. Instead of the usual “belly-band”, the books were sealed in a black paper envelope.

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There are 6 different colors, randomly inserted into the packs. I lucked out and got one of each across the three packs that I ordered. The super bright, Lisa Frank-ish colors aren’t going to see any use by me but they are a cool addition to the collection. The reticle graph ruling is cool as well, I really enjoyed it in the Night Sky edition from 2013. This was also the first round of photos from my new iPhone 6 – I think they definitely got the job done. What did you think of the Fall 2014 Colors edition?

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J Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey Fountain Pen Ink Review

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey – Ink Review

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey
Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenLamy Al-Star, 1.1mm stub Nib
Ink: J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes: Ever since hearing about the ink a month or so ago, my excitement has been building. You can imagine how excited I was when I found out that Sunny from Exaclair was bringing a bottle to the DC Pen Show and that I could take a little bit home with me. With Stormy Grey, J. Herbin is adding a great new ink to their nicely-packaged, ever-popular 1670 ink series. The last one (the dark blue) had no signature sheen that Rouge Hematite (red ink with a gold sheen) was known for. I can happily say that they have re-introduced the sheen, and this one is the best yet. The dark grey ink has a wonderful, sparkly gold fleck in it that doesn’t jam the pen up at all. At extreme angles you can see that there is a ton of gold suspended in the ink and it looks awesome when laid down on the page with a broad, wet nib. There is no question that I will be picking up a bottle of this ink when it becomes available in October. Thank you Sunny for letting me snag some at the show!

Pros:

  • Super smooth
  • Gold doesn’t clog
  • Good flow
  • Great shade of grey
  • THE SHEEN!

Cons:

  • May clog up a pen if it is not properly maintained

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Organics Studio The Real Teal Fountain Pen Ink Review

Organics Studio The Real Teal – Ink Review

Organics Studio The Real Teal -Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenLamy 2000, Binderized Medium Nib
Ink: Organics Studio The Real Teal
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

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!

Pros:

  • Great color
  • Good flow
  • Good cause

Cons:

  • None!

 

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[Guest Post] Sailor 1911 Matte Black Full Size with a Naginata Togi MF Nib

[Guest Post] The Sailor 1911 Matte Black Full Size with a Naginata Togi MF Nib

Another awesome guest post by Susan Pigott! You may know her from her own blog, Scribalishess! Her photography, handwriting, and reviewing skills are top notch. If you like what you see here, make sure to go check out more on her site! Here’s Susan’s review of the The Sailor 1911 Large Matte Black Fountain Pen with an incredible Naginata Togi MF nib. Enjoy!

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Review Ink: Diamine Ancient Copper

Specs:

Description:  A Sailor 1911 Full Size in Matte Black with rhodium accents fitted with a Naginata Togi MF Nib

Nib:  21K Gold Naginata Togi MF

Filling Mechanism:  Cartridge/Converter

Weight: 23.7 grams

Measurements:  5.5 inches in length, capped; 4 and 3/4 inches uncapped; and 6 inches posted

Color Options: Black with gold trim; Black with rhodium trim, Burgundy with gold trim, Black luster, Matte Black with gold trim, Matte Black with rhodium trim and metal section, Naginata-Togi Gin-sensuji with Rhodium Trim, Naginata-Togi Ribbed Black with Gold Trim,Naginata-Togi Ribbed Black with Rhodium Trim, Naginata-Togi Ribbed Burgundy with Rhodium Trim, Black Realo with gold trim, Burgundy Realo with gold trim.

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Intro/About: 

I’ve been eyeing Naginata Togi nibs for quite some time now. I’ve always been fascinated with Sailor specialty nibs, and the Togi is the most basic (and least expensive) of the specialty nibs. I bought this pen from a seller on FPN for about $100 off the price listed at Classic Pens ($416). The seller had bought it from Classic Pens, so the nib was tuned by John Mottishaw. I was thrilled because I almost bought this very pen at the full price.

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Ed already reviewed a Sailor Professional Gear 1911, so I’m not going to focus much on the pen itself, though my model is a bit different. This review is all about the nib.

Appearance and Packaging: 

My Sailor 1911 came in a blue, rectangular clamshell box with literature about the pen and Sailor’s specialty nibs. Included were one ink cartridge and a converter.

The matte black version with rhodium trim is subtle and beautiful. I usually like gold-trimmed pens, but the rhodium matches the matte black perfectly. I honestly have too many black, cigar-shaped pens in my collection, but the matte black makes this pen stand out from the crowd. It’s classy, like Bond, James Bond.

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Nib Performance and Filling System:

The nib is what truly makes this pen something special.

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The Naginata Togi nib allows for a great deal of line variation depending on the angle of the pen to the paper. It is an unusually-shaped nib (see photos), and it has a longer than usual tip. It’s a 21K nib and is pretty rigid. You’re not going to get any flex while writing with this nib. The line variation comes from how you hold the pen. In the written review, I held the nib in my normal writing position, which is about 45 degrees, and I found the nib wrote beautifully. You can see differences in line width when I held the pen at a 90 degree angle, a 45 degree angle, and a super low angle (as close to the paper as I could hold it).

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Most of the Sailor specialty nibs are made for Japanese-styles of writing and calligraphy. But I wanted one for writing Hebrew since the horizontal strokes need to be thicker than the vertical strokes. (In real life I’m a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew). Even though I have a Hebrew nib from Richard Binder, it’s got a very narrow width and, unless I write tiny, I can’t see much variation between the horizontal and vertical strokes. The Naginata Togi does quite well, though I still need to practice making the Hebrew look good. I sure wish I could do Hebrew calligraphy.

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I admit I was nervous about buying a Sailor specialty nib. When you go the page on Classic Pens, the specialty nibs are almost overwhelming. They are amazingly intricate, and I was afraid I would find the Naginata Togi to be ridiculously broad. I even called and asked about the nibs and was told they are not for everyone. But I am a believer in this nib. I’m amazed at how smoothly it writes. I love the versatility it has depending on the angle you’re writing.

One concern I had is that the Naginata Togi nib puts down lots of ink when you’re writing broad. I was afraid the feed and the converter wouldn’t be able to keep up. So far, everything has been perfect, though I expect to refill this pen more often than most.

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Feel:

The Sailor 1911 full size feels great in the hand. It’s not a heavy pen. It is smooth as silk but not slippery. I don’t post my pens, but I tried writing with it posted and, for me at least, posting ruins the balance. If you want line variation, you have to hold the pen at different angles. Some angles are quite uncomfortable (such as trying to write super fine at 90 degrees). Other angles are easier on the wrist, but the lower you go, the slower you have to write.

 

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Pros:

  • The 1911 in Matte Black is a gorgeous pen. It is sleek and elegant and the rhodium trim complements it perfectly.
  • The pen feels good in the hand and is neither too heavy nor too light.
  • The Naginata Togi nib is a useful departure from a typical nib. I can see artists using this nib for sketching since you can get such wonderful line variation. For me, it works great as a general writer and it enhances my Hebrew printing.

Cons:

  • I prefer piston filler pens. The Sailor converter only holds .5ml of ink. You can get the Sailor Realo instead, but it only holds .9ml. Currently the Realo only comes in Black and Burgundy with gold trim. So, if you want the matte black, you have to go with the 1911 or Pro Gear.
  • The pen looks rather ordinary and plain. I like colorful pens. But the matte black makes it stand out from other black, cigar-shaped pens and the rhodium trim is different from my other pens, all of which have gold accents.
  • The Naginata Togi nib may not suit everyone’s tastes. If you can try one before you buy, that’s the best thing to do. I definitely wouldn’t go larger than the MF Togi. I’ve read that the medium and broad versions are like writing with Magic Markers.

 

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Conclusion:

All in all, I am very pleased with my Sailor 1911 Naginata Togi. My fears about the nib were unwarranted and, in fact, I am crazy about it. I love how it looks, how it writes, and that it is versatile enough that I can write in my journal or write Hebrew or both (because I totally write in Hebrew in my journal . . . not).

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