Diamine Aqua Blue
Pen: Hero 9018 Fude Nib
Ink: Diamine Aqua Blue
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid
- Reminds me of Sheaffer Peacock Blue
- Beautiful shading
- Great flow
- I want to swim in it
This one is a real winner. The awesome shading, great flow, and best of all, it reminds me of Sheaffer Peacock Blue (discontinued). This pen and ink combo is pretty awesome too. The wet fude nib really shows off the shading capability of the ink. Another positive for me is the brand, Diamine, which happens to be my favorite ink manufacturer. There is really nothing bad I can say about this ink at all, I love it. If you’re searching for a great turquoise, or a replacement for the now discontinued Peacock Blue, don’t sleep on this one. Thanks again again again to Azizah over at Gourmet Pens for sending this one over in the giant sample package she sent.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the review!
Pen: Lamy Al-Star – Medium Nib
Ink: Diamine Salamander
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid
At the time of writing, I said I was still on the fence about this ink. I’ve been converted. I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit. It looks kind of like burnt oil, pond scum, spa mud, garbage water, and after a quick google image search, it looks a lot like a salamander. Do all of these gross-colored things I’m comparing it to mean I don’t like the ink? Not at all. It’s like a darker version of Rohrer and Klingner’s Alt-Goldgrun, which was a bit too light for me. The subtle shading shows off the yellow undertones of the ink, while the sections where the ink pools look near-black. Once the ink is dry, it’s more obvious that this is a dark green with brown and black hues as well. I’ll gladly try any new ink that Diamine makes, they’re one of my favorite brands in terms of color offerings and performance. The Salamander flows and dries just like I’d expect, and the ink goes down smoothly in the Lamy’s medium nib. Will I be buying a bottle of Salamander? I’m not sure yet, but it’s certainly a unique offering from Diamine that I’m enjoying quite a bit.
- Unique color
- Subtle shading
- Good performance
- The unique color is also a little gross
Noodler’s Ink – Dark Matter
Pen: Levenger L-Tech Stealth, Medium Nib
Ink: Noodler’s Dark Matter
Paper: Kyokuto FOB COOP Dot Grid – B5 (Available at JetPens.com)
It’s astounding how I do not already own a bottle of this ink. It has to be my second favorite black ink out there, and I’ve gone through 3 samples already. This ink does some awesome grey to black shading that I absolutely love. It’s dark, but not too dark, and could easily work as a go-to black ink. The dark grey elements in the ink make it unique, and give it some needed character, which is rare in a black ink. The name of the ink is also pretty cool. Here’s a link to the story, definitely check it out. Another thing about the ink that makes it more interesting is that it’s a reformulation of a vintage military issue ink. Most importantly, it looks and performs great. It’s nice and smooth, and the flow in the Levenger L-Tech’s medium nib is great. There’s no way that I’m not buying a bottle when this sample runs dry, I’m hooked.
- Grey to black shading is awesome
- Great flow
- Cool name / back story
- Black Friday, 5th Edition -
Lamy AL-Star Matte Black LE
Noodler’s Black Ink
Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook
Ironically, it’s a week before the shopping “holiday” here in the US that’s known as Black Friday. Because of Thanksgiving, the need to get some shopping done, and I happen to be moving that weekend, this feature is coming to you a bit early. Now onto the goods:
I really love my Lamy AL-Star. I have three of them, but the matte black limited edition is by far my favorite. Paired with a black nib, it completes the total stealth look. The second they became available, I picked one up. The Noodler’s Black is a great ink. It’s solid, dark, smooth, and water resistant. I completely understand why it’s the go-to black ink for so many people. Last, but not least, is the Maruman Mnemosyne notebook in B5. These notebooks got me through my last two years of school. I love the size, paper, and ruling. The textured black cover and the black wire binding make the notebook an ideal candidate for a Black Friday feature.
Browse past Black Friday Features here, and be sure to check back in on the last Friday of every month for a new installment!
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Pilot Iroshizuku: Fuyu-gaki
Pen: Rotring 600 Lava
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki
Paper: Kytokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid
Another day, another Iroshizuku is loaded up for review (I wish there was really one per day…). The time it’s Fuyu-Gaki, which translates to Winter Persimmon. This ink should not be confused with Yu-Yake (the other Iroshizuku orange) because of their similar name and similar color. Orange is one of my least favorite colors, not just for ink, but for life. I actually don’t mind this one though. There are elements of red and almost pink that blend with the yellow to make this ink stand out from the rest. It’s elevated above a standard orange. The ink itself is quite transparent, so expect to see the ruling on the page through your writing. It’s definitely not an every day use color, but it is fun for doodling or drawing. It may even fit in as an underlining ink. The Iroshizuku line has great performance across the board, and Fuyu-Gaki is no exception. While I don’t think I’ll be adding a bottle to the collection, I’m definitely enjoying the sample.
Also, thanks AGAIN to Azizah over at Gourmet Pens for sending me a sample!
Thanks for reading, enjoy!
- Good Performance
- Easy Clean Out
- Tough color to use every day