When I saw that J. Herbin now offers small sample size bottles, I had to jump at it! Thanks to JetPens for sending over the bottle for review! As vibrant and nice as the color is, the performance of the ink is rather poor. The wet flow writes nicely, but results in some pretty bad feathering and bleed through. I haven’t had this issue with other J. Herbin inks, making this atypical. There are plenty of other blues out there, lots very similar. Unfortunately, I’d recommend passing on this one. If you like what you see and you absolutely have to have it, it does work well on Rhodia paper.
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Notes: Sailor recently made some changes to their ink lineup, including the addition of this one, called Miruai. The full name (get ready for it…) is Sailor Jentle Four Seasons Miruai – Seaweed Indigo. Nomenclature aside, it’s a great dark teal that is accurately described in the name. There is a tiny bit of shading, showing off the nice blue color in shallower pools of ink. On point with the rest of the Sailor inks I’ve tried, the flow is great and it is nice and smooth. I really like Sailor’s ink bottle design, it has an internal cone that collects ink when you flip the bottle upside down. This ink catcher makes filling any pen easy, even when you are at the bottom of the bottle. The color is much different from the other green Sailor ink I have (Epinard) and it’s dark enough to be used everyday without getting stares. Thank you to JetPens for sending over the bottle for review!
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I had a lot of fun doing the year-end roundup last year, so I figured I would do it again. Some pens have maintained their presence in the top 10 list and with good reason. Each of these posts got the most page views out of all of the posts I’ve made this year. The blog has continued to grow, and there were twice as many visitors and twice as many page views as there were last year. There were well over HALF A MILLION PAGE VIEWS and I want to thank you guys so much for checking out the site! Don’t forget to subscribe to the site using the “subscribe” box located in the right hand menu to get emailed every time I make a post!
So here we go, the Top 10 posts of 2014:
10. Buying a Grail Pen
One of my favorite posts, this guide to buying a “grail pen” ended up being very popular. I go through my system of deciding what the right pen is, the process of freeing up some funds, slimming down my collection and obtaining the pen.
9. and 8. Rotring Rapid Pro Ballpoint / 800 Pencil
This is the first of three Rotring posts that made the top ten list. The Rapid Pro Ballpoint is a slimline pen with a metal body and a knurled grip that looks and feels great. Admittedly, it didn’t see too much use following the review. The pen takes a Parker style cartridge and uses a click mechanism to deploy the writing point. The number 8 spot went to the Rotring 800 mechanical pencil. It’s of very high quality, also features a knurled grip – but has a retractable tip and gold accents.
The Lamy Safari was my first fountain pen, and it is still one of my favorites. It makes a great starter pen and really helped me in narrowing down what nib size I like due to the relatively inexpensive swappable nibs. The modern design still resonates with me and there is usually at least one inked up Safari in my arsenal. I picked up this discontinued Griso Grey model at the DC show for only $15!
The Mover and Shaker are two of my favorite machined pens. They take a huge range of refills and I love the grip pattern machined into the pen. They look and feel great, and they’re now available in a ton of different colors and materials.
The Rotring 600 Lava was an awesome looking pen. I say was, because I no longer have it. It wasn’t seeing as much use as it should and I’m more of a user than a collector. The pen was sold to help fund my Nakaya purchase and while it was nice, I don’t miss it one bit. The pen is long-discontinued and can be found on eBay.
The Seven Seas Tomoe pad remains on the list, and for good reason. The silky smooth, fountain pen friendly paper is some of the best out there. It’s impossibly thin and is a pleasure to write with. I photographed the Seven Seas Writer journal instead of the pad again. Both are full of the same paper, but this one has ruling and is bound like a book. Check them out at Nanami Paper.
3. Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black Fountain Pen
The stealthiest pen of all. When this was announced I knew I needed to have one. Don’t feel like spending $400? Do some homework and find a retailer in Japan. I got the pen for much less off of eBay straight from Japan than I would have had I purchased it from the States. I haven’t been using this pen as much, but I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it. I got the fine nib adjusted at the Long Island Pen show to slightly increase the ink flow and smoothness. It’s a great writer, and this post makes me want to go ink it up now.
This post was another fun one to write and I’m glad it made it onto the top 10 list. The post outlines what “fountain pen friendly” really means when dealing with pocket notebooks. Check the post out to see the differences!
Once again, the top post is the Lamy 2000. It’s still my favorite pen and it is still always inked and within reach. I absolutely love the design and writing experience. The 2000 is one of the first “expensive” pens people buy and I’m not surprised that the review is as popular as it is. Look for an updated review of the 2000 in the coming months!
This was another great year for the blog. Thank you all for your continuing support and readership, it means the world. Even with a lower post count this year, the blog has still grown and continues to do so. I’d also like to thank the sponsors of the site – JetPens, Pen Chalet, and all of the independent retailers and companies that have sent me products to review for providing me with a steady stream of goods to review! I have a lot of great content in the pipeline, so make sure to come back and check it out!
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!
Gold doesn’t clog
Great shade of grey
May clog up a pen if it is not properly maintained
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!
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