Despite the name, J. Herbin’s Orange Indien is not an india ink, and it will perform just fine in your fountain pen. The ink writes a bit “thin”, which results in great flow, but low saturation. It’s not the brightest ink on the page, but it does exhibit some nice, low-key shading. The color isn’t very bright like Noodler’s Apache Sunset, making it a nice middle of the road orange. Orange Indien is definitely legible on bright white paper, but maybe not as much on cream or off-white. I’m not huge on this orange, but the small bottle is just enough to get a few good fills out of it! Thanks to JetPens for sending the bottle over for review!
Notes: The Mnemosyne line of notebooks by Maruman are definitely amongst my favorite. They look great, they’re filled with fountain pen friendly paper, and they come in a variety of convenient sizes and ruling. The inspiration book was designed with the creative in mind, featuring both blank and grid rulings. It’s the perfect size to toss in a bag and go. It also doesn’t take up a ton of desk real estate, but still provides enough room to sketch out ideas, take notes, and more. I’ve found that I tend to go through Maruman notebooks rather quickly. If that’s not a testament to how much I like them, I don’t know what is. This configuration is fast becoming one of my favorites. Make sure you check out the gallery below for a ton more pictures, all at full resolution!
I just wanted to give you guys a heads up, there’s only one day left on the Kickstarter campaign for the Tactile Turn Gist. This is definitely one of my favorite pens that has come out recently. You can check out my full review of the pen here. This pen brings something new to the market, yet oddly familiar. I’ve been carrying the pen in my pocket, next to a Tactile Turn Shaker, and it’s held up well to abuse. I haven’t been overly careful with it, and it still looks as it did on day one. I can definitely say I’m a fan. After shooting the product photos for the campaign, I immediately backed it for a brass grip/finial model with a steel nib, in addition to the titanium grip/finial model with titanium nib I have on hand. If you’ve been on the fence about it, might as well snag one now before the prices shoot up to retail after the campaign ends. Did you already back the project? Let me know which combo in the comments below!
J. Herbin caught some flak when they released a blue 1670 ink a few years back and it had no gold flake. Well, no need to worry any more, as they’ve added a good amount of it to their deep blue 1670 ink. The gold flake (shimmer, whatever you want to call it) is a very fine powder, so be careful about leaving it in any one pen for too long. I haven’t had any clogging issues with regular use, but there’s no harm in being a little bit more cautious with this ink. Flow and saturation are good, and the gold flake really pops against the darker blue. Although some may have preferred a silver sheen, don’t knock it until you try it. The blue and gold looks pretty great in my opinion.
Check out this video I produced for J. Herbin for the new ink:
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Notes: The Lihit Lab Teffa pen case is a great option for those looking for a grab-and-go solution to carrying all of their stationery essentials. The case is small, yet organized and can fit a surprising amount of stuff inside. Everything in the photo above fits into the case without bulging or jamming anything in there. I’m very happy with the amount of stuff that this case carries with ease. The inside dimensions are large enough to accommodate both large and small writing utensils, and plenty of them. The case has some nice details, like a double zipper and rubber patch. The zippers are smooth and feel like they’ll last a long time, I’m not worried about long term durability issues. There are also two small pockets on the front of the case, the larger one is ideal for business cards. This makes it especially easy to grab one or two without opening up the whole case.
What makes the Teffa unique is the internal divider. It allows you to separate items if you wish, but also allows for more organization. This case is great, but not without a few downsides. The pen storage section has no protection between pens – I wouldn’t be putting my Nakaya in there. The pens are in contact with each other, so be mindful of what you keep in the case. I’d hate to see a machined pen knock the finish off of a Pelikan or scratch up a Montblanc.
I like this pen case quite a bit. It’s a great solution for grab-and-go. I find it especially useful when switching between bags. It’s also pretty great for moving from my desk at home to at work, or from my desk to the couch. The Teffa is reasonably priced at just under $15, and the construction is nice for the amount they’re asking. I’d definitely recommend the Teffa for lugging around those pens that you might not mind dinging a bit!