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Stipula Verde Muschiato Green Fountain Pen Ink Review

Stipula Verde Muschiato – Ink Review

Stipula Verde Muschiato

Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenConklin 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!

Pros:

  • Nice shading
  • Unique color
  • Smooth writing

Cons:

  • Color may not be for everyone because it’s kind of ugly…
  • A bit on the dry side

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Rohrer & Klingner Salix Iron Gall Fountain Pen Ink Review

Rohrer & Klingner Salix Iron Gall – Ink Review

Rohrer & Klingner Salix

Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenLamy 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!

Pros:

  • Smooth
  • Awesome shading
  • Great on cheap paper
  • Iron gall permanence!

Cons:

  • None!

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Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPens

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook – Review

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook

-Handwritten Review-

Specs: 

  • 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

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Notes:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe 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!

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Appearance and Construction:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe 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).

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe 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:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe 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).

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe 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:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe 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.

 

Pros:

  • Great looking book
  • Perfect size (B5)
  • No feathering
  • Rigid covers

Cons:

  • Significant show-though
  • Wider nibs will bleed through

Conclusion:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensOh 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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Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook Review

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid and Lined Notebooks – Review

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP
Semi-B5 Dot Grid and Lined Notebooks

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Specs: 

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Notes:

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewHuge thanks to JetPens for sending these notebooks over for review. The Kyokuto F.O.B COOP notebooks have a minimalistic appearance and design. They’re loaded with 80 sheets of 81.4 gram smooth white paper. I use the dot grid books for my ink reviews 99% of the time. The bright white, semi-absorbent paper is accommodating to most inks and the brightness really shows off the true color of ink. I already know they’re great for my ink reviews, but will they work for an everyday fountain pen-friendly notebook? Make sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the post for a ton more pictures that aren’t in the post!

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Appearance and Construction:

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewThe lined version of the F.O.B COOP notebooks have a black cover. There’s a hard plastic frosted cover over a black cardboard sheet that gives the book a really nice matte appearance. They’re easily overlooked, but I personally prefer a notebook that doesn’t draw too much attention. The back cover is made of a much heavier cardboard that gives the book some nice added rigidity. The double wire binding is sturdy and durable. I’ve filled an entire dot grid notebook with ink reviews and it still looks like it did the day I got it. It’s a very professional looking notebook that I already know will stand up to being used, thrown in my bag, and transported.

Performance and Feel:

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewHere’s where things get weird. The white paper in the notebooks is wonderfully smooth and super bright. There’s no feathering at all and the ink dries very quickly on the page. However, there’s a prety substantial amount of show through and some bleed through. This is odd, especially because the paper is 81 grams (Rhodia = 80g, Clairefontaine = 90g). It’s not all about the weight of the paper, and this paper proves it. The tradeoff here is the fast dry time.

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewThe F.O.B COOP books have a faster dry time than Rhodia, but it can be tough to justify a book that you cannot use both sides of the page with. If you don’t use the back of the page, then you will definitely enjoy the super smooth paper. It’s a pleasure to write on with everything from a Japanese fine nib to the architect point I wrote the review with. It’s makes every nib feel its smoothest.

Color and Ruling:

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewThe paper in these notebooks is a bright neutral white. It’s great for showing off an ink’s true color. The ruling is made of solid light grey lines, spaced 7mm apart. 7mm rule is ideal for both the size of the book and the size of my handwriting. 21 lines is a nice amount of page real estate. I personally love B5 sized notebooks and used them throughout college. They’re versatile, portable, and a great medium-sized notebook option.

Pros:

  • Bright white pages
  • Super smooth
  • No feathering
  • Fast dry time

Cons:

  • Unusual amount of bleed through

Overall Thoughts and Recommendation:

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewThe Kyokuto F.O.B COOP books are so close to being perfect. If not being able to use the back of the page with fountain pens isn’t an issue for you, you’ll definitely enjoy these notebooks. Definitely try out these super smooth, bright white notebooks. I’ll continue to use the dot grid for my ink reviews because they do a great job of showing off the true color, and I love the B5 size. As an everyday notebook, it’s hard to recommend the Kyokuto F.O.B COOP because of the show through. If you’re in the market for a fountain pen friendly B5 book, check out the Maruman Mnemosyne B5. Once again, huge thanks to JetPens for sending over the books to review!

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Nakaya Neo Standard Kuro-Tamenuri Medium Soft Nib Fountain Pen Review

Nakaya Neo Standard Fountain Pen Review

Nakaya Neo Standard
in Kuro Tamenuri Finish
Fountain Pen
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  • Review Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
  • Review Paper: Maruman Mnemosyne B5

Specs:

  • Description:  The Nakaya Neo Standard Writer (with clip) fountain pen is one of my grail pens that I recently purchased. Hand made in Japan.
  • Nib: 14k gold, Soft-Medium nib adjusted by John Mottishaw of Nibs.com
  • Material: Ebonite with urushi lacquer in kuro tamenuri (black over deep red)
  • Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/converter system
  • Weight: ~28.8 grams filled
  • Measurements: 5.92″ closed, 7.00″ posted, 5.38″ unposted, 0.59″ barrel diameter, 0.41″ section diameter
  • Ink Capactiy: ~0.5ml
  • Price: $550 from Nibs.com

Nakaya Neo Standard Kuro-Tamenuri Medium Soft Nib Fountain Pen Review

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Intro/About:

Nakaya Neo Standard Kuro-Tamenuri Medium Soft Nib Fountain Pen Review

Well, I’m finally getting around to formally reviewing the pen after having it for about two months. Did I mention that this was my number one grail pen? Well, now I have it. Finally. I sold a bunch of other pens from my collection, and I’ve been saving up for a while. $550 isn’t an easy price to swallow, but I’m glad I finally got the pen. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet up with Cary of FountainPenDay.org and check out his awesome collection of Nakayas. Initially I had wanted a Piccolo or a Naka-ai, but the Neo Standard’s size and shape won me over. The pen is perfect for my hand, and the day after seeing his collection, I placed the order via phone to Nibs.com. The pen showed up a short two days later. Enjoy the review!

Appearance & Packaging:

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First, the box. The Nakaya comes in a soft Paulownia wood (thank you for the correction Mr. Calhoon!) wood box, protected by a really cool rice paper outer box. The inside of the wooden box is lined with red velvet. Held in place by a ribbon of velvet, is the pen itself, wrapped in a silk “kimono”. The presentation is simple, yet refined and definitely matches up to the price of the pen. It’s definitely different from any of the other pens I have purchased, and it’s definitely not a throwaway. I really like the presentation, so much that I keep the box out on my desk.

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The pen itself is a work of art. Its simple lines and deep red/black finish has an incredible amount of depth to it. It may seem simple at first, but it’s all in the details. There are many, many layers to the urushi lacquer, and looking closely in the right lighting you can really see how the finish builds on itself. The pen appears to be black, but at the edges, the deep red finish peaks through. Both the nib and the clip are gold,  which adds a nice visual contrast to the overall look of the pen.

Nakaya Neo Standard Kuro-Tamenuri Medium Soft Nib Fountain Pen Review

The nibs design is very nice as well. It’s not too complex or cluttered, and the ornamental design is visually pleasing. The heart-shaped breather hole is a nice departure from the standard circle. I absolutely love the simple, streamlined design. It’s totally understated and could easily go unnoticed by the untrained eye. I think that this may be part of why I love the pen so much.

Nib Performance & Filling System:

Nakaya Neo Standard Kuro-Tamenuri Medium Soft Nib Fountain Pen Review

I should always put the filling system first, but I always forget to do so. The Nakaya Neo Standard employs a cartridge/converter filling system. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I really don’t mind the C/C system at all. Many people view it as a cheaper alternative, but I don’t mind the lower ink capacity. The included converter is very high quality (as expected) and there were some Platinum brand cartridges thrown in the box, which I haven’t used. The nib is where the magic happens. I opted for a 14k gold, soft-medium nib adjusted to a flow of 8/10, with a normal writing pressure and angle. John over at Nibs.com did an amazing job with the nib.

Nakaya Neo Standard Fountain Pen Handwritten Review

The 14k soft nib is by no means a flex, but it adds a wonderful cushion to your writing, making it seem both pillowy and smooth. You can get a tiny bit of line variation, but it really just puts a lot of ink onto the page when you push the nib. The pen has a generous flow of ink that’s capable of producing some really nice shading. The line width of the Japanese medium is perfect for my handwriting. It’s not too narrow, yet wide enough to really show off the color and properties of an ink. The Nakaya Neo Standard is an absolute pleasure to write with. There’s a bit of audible feedback from the nib, which can trick you into thinking the nib is scratchy. I put some headphones on, and it’s buttery smooth. I really love the way the pen writes.

Feel:

Nakaya Neo Standard Kuro-tamenuri Unboxing

Feel is another category where the Nakaya blows the competition out of the water. The urushi lacquered ebonite is one of the smoothest surfaces I’ve ever touched (not kidding). It’s expertly applied, and I can honestly say I like holding the pen just as much as I do writing with it. The contour of the barrel on the Neo Standard is amazingly comfortable. I’d say it fits like a glove, but I wish I had gloves that fit my hand this well. Seriously. It’s glassy smooth, light, warms to the touch, and is very comfortable and balanced in hand.

Nakaya Neo Standard Kuro-Tamenuri Medium Soft Nib Fountain Pen Review

The step from the body to cap threads to grip is gradual, and doesn’t get in the way. The grip on the Neo Standard is just about an inch long, with a slight taper. It’s very comfortable, and allows for a variety of grips to be used without discomfort. The pen feels so great in hand, it’s kind of hard to believe. Watch out Lamy 2000…

Pros:

  • Attention to detail
  • Amazing soft, springy nib
  • Urushi lacquer is glassy smooth
  • Body shape is really comfortable
  • Looks awesome

Cons:

  • High barrier to entry ($$$)
  • Diminishing returns for writing performance

Conclusion:

Nakaya Neo Standard Kuro-tamenuri Unboxing

I parted with several other pens to get this one. Do I miss them? Absolutely not, the Nakaya has done a great job of filling the gap and then some. The Nakaya Neo Standard is functional art. It’s constructed and finished perfectly. There’s not a single flaw on the pen. It’s very, very comfortable to hold and I love the way the finish looks. The soft-medium 14k gold nib is super smooth, with only a hint of audible feedback. I feel like the Neo Standard was made specifically to fit my hand, it’s that good. The pen comes in at a hefty $550. At first, it was a bit hard to swallow, but with some careful planning and selling, I was able to purchase my grail pen. I mentioned in the CONS section that there may be some diminishing returns in terms of writing performance. Be on the lookout for an article regarding that in the near future. Seeing some Nakayas in person only made me need to have one even more. The pen is truly amazing, and it’s the crown jewel of my collection. I will 100% be adding another Nakaya to my collection.

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