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Pilot Irozshizuku: Kon-Peki – Handwritten Ink Review

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Pen: Pelikan Souveran M605, Fine Nib
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
Paper: Rhodia dotPad

Notes: I received this ink for Christmas (I asked for it) and I couldn’t have been happier opening it up. I have tried out a few Iroshizuku inks before and liked their overall performance, the colors, and their presentation. The ink comes in a very minimalistic box that’s silver with a block of color that matches the ink. Open the box though and this is where the real fun stuff starts. The bottle is absolutely beautiful. It is slim in width, but has a taller and wider profile than most of my ink bottles. It has a great textured paper label with very minimal print on it. There’s a silver cord tied around the neck of the bottle which just adds some class to the overall appearance. A nice bottle is great to look at, but it’s even better when the ink inside is just as nice.

Kon-Peki is a vibrant blue with lots of shading qualities. It dries nice and fast. So far I’ve had it in my new Lamy 2000 and the Pelikan, and it was great in both. The color pops without being obnoxious and I’m glad I have an entire bottle. The Iroshizuku line doesn’t come cheap at around $28.00 US per bottle, but I think it’s worth it. I also received a bottle of Fuyu-Syogun as a gift from my girlfriend. I didn’t even have to ask her for it, she just happened to pick it out. I’ve gone through three samples of the Fuyu-Syogun and had been debating a bottle for a long time. Check back soon for a review of that!

Enjoy!


P.S. – Just a reminder, I am taking submissions for your Weekly Loadouts! If you want to share what pens, ink and paper you’re using this week/month/whatever, please share!

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The flow and shading of this ink are great. At first, I thought it was a bit watery. After writing some more and noticing the quick dry time with the wonderful shading, all negative thoughts went away.
The flow and shading of this ink are great. At first, I thought it was a bit watery. After writing some more and noticing the quick dry time with the wonderful shading, all negative thoughts went away.
This ink can be built up on the page. With three passes it darkens up nicely.
This ink can be built up on the page. With three passes it darkens up nicely.
Close up of the shading test. This stuff would really shine in a broader nib. I can't wait to get some in my 3.8mm Pilot Parallel.
Close up of the shading test. This stuff would really shine in a broader nib. I can’t wait to get some in my 3.8mm Pilot Parallel.
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More nice shading from Kon-Peki
Rhodia dotPad, Pelikan M605, and the bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki. A wonderful combination.
Rhodia dotPad, Pelikan M605, and the bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki. A wonderful combination.

 

 

 

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The Black n’ Red by Hamelin A5 (8.25″x5.875″) Notebook – Handwritten Review

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Paper: Hamelin Black n’ Red, A4

Pen: Pelikan Souveran M605, Binderized Fine nib

Ink: Vintage Sheaffer Peacock Blue

So, here’s the thing about Black n’ Red notebooks. I love them and I hate them. It’s like a grab bag, you could reach in and pull out a totally sweet prize, or you can pull out a total piece of garbage. That’s exactly what it’s like buying these notebooks. My first experience with the Black n’ Red was at Staples. I came across this high quality paper, and immediately recognized it’s fountain pen friendliness. The paper was bright white (good for ink sampling), just as smooth as Rhodia, and had grey ruling instead of the purple that Rhodia uses. On top of that, it had a plastic cover and an elastic band to keep it closed. Awesome. This thing was going to be great. It was! I couldn’t wait to get home and order some more online. BOY was I setting myself up for disappointment, and I didn’t even know it.

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I noticed that Amazon had a pretty solid selection of these pads. I was stoked. They were cheap, looked professional, they were black, and they were fountain pen friendly. So I ordered two of them, one A5 and one A4. When the notebooks arrived, I immediately checked them out. Here’s the disappointment. Totally same notebook, totally different paper. The paper in the one I had ordered online was more textured. There was no sheen to it and ink feathered more so than it did on the last one. Overall, it wasn’t bad paper, it just wasn’t what I was buying it for. Moral of the story: If you’re going to buy Black n’ Red notebooks (I still recommend them), do so in a brick and mortar store so you can verify that it’s the nice paper, not the textured, feathery stuff.

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Like I said, check them out if you happen to see them in an office supply store, but be weary when purchasing online. Out of the four Black n’ Reds I have, two are the ones I like and two are the ones that I wish were the ones I like.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the Stationery Reviews for more fountain pen friendly paper!

Whitelines Grid Notebook – A4 Size – Handwritten Stationery Review

Handwritten Review – Whitelines Grid Notebook – Grey 80g – A4 Size

Pen: Pelikan Souveran M605 – “Binderized” Fine Nib

Ink: Vintage Sheaffer’s Peacock Blue

This notebook was given to me, and at first I threw it to the side and ignored it for a while. I have a smaller journal by the same company that has regular line ruling in it. I wasn’t really the biggest fan of the journal, the paper was weird, it didn’t lay flat, and was awkward to write in. Fast forward eight months later, I came across this notebook in my book shelf and decided to give it a try. In my opinion, the grey paper / white ruling works out much better with a grid than it does with standard lined ruling. The paper performed pretty well, but there was a bit of bleed through / show through going on. While it’s not as good as Rhodia or Maruman, it’s definitely worth checking out. Enjoy the review, and please feel free to comment if you’ve tried out the brand.

The cover is prettty minimal, borrowing some colors from Rhodia.

The ruling is really unobtrusive, also the grey paper is really easy on the eyes.
It messes with the color of the ink a little bit, but it’s still worth checking out.

Overall, it’s no Rhodia dotPad in terms of being unobtrusive while still providing guidelines, but a solid pad nonetheless.

A little bit of show through. Could prevent you from using the back of the page, but depending on the ink / nib it’s not so bad.
This was written with a “binderized” Pelikan M605 fine nib, so the flow is pretty generous.

I used a few different ink / nib combinations at the bottom of the page. Even the broad and 1.1mm stubs failed to feather. 
 

Sheaffer’s Peacock Blue (Vintage) – Handwritten Ink Review

Pen: Pelikan Souveran M605, Fine Nib
Ink: Vintage Sheaffer’s Peacock Blue
Paper: Rhodia dotPad

Notes: I inherited this ink along with my Uncle’s collection of fountain pens. I really love this ink. I may be slightly skewed because it has sentimental value to me, but whatever. It’s edjelley.com, not stufforotherpeopole.com. It’s going to be a sad day when I run out of this stuff. It’s well behaved, cleans out easily, and most importantly, it reminds me of my Uncle. Check out the review. If you’re into light blue / turquoise ink, this is definitely worth tracking down a bottle of. I really like this ink in my Montblanc 149 (seen in the header image) and in my Pelikan M605. Also worth noting, I compared it below to Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron (B.B.H.) but I abbreviated it, so that’s what that is. Seriously though, try and get some of this stuff before it’s gone forever.

First Impressions: Pelikan Souveran M605 Fountain Pen

For my first Pelikan and first official review, I ordered an M605 from Richard Binder. I had previously ordered a “binderized” Pilot nib unit for my VP from him, and couldn’t be happier with it, so I opted to go with him for the Pelikan as well.
It arrived yesterday and I had a new bottle of Edelstein Aventurine waiting there for it.
I also opted to get the Pelikan one-pen leather case with the green strap, why not. Go nuts.

Set can be seen here on Flickr.

First impressions:

1. It’s VERY light, I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I learned quickly that light definitely does not mean low quality.

2. The size. It fits my medium hands quite well. I prefer writing with the cap posted, and this pen allows it. I really like the diameter of the grip and the lip/silver trim line at the bottom of the section.

3. The nib is SUPER smooth. I opted for a Fine nib, as I prefer Western Fines for my everyday writing style.

4. The pen is simply great looking. I wanted to replace my Montblanc 149 in my daily carry, and I think this will do a great job at looking classy and not being matte black…

5. The ink flow is generous without being a gusher. Practically no writing pressure is needed and it starts right up after being left uncapped for a few minutes.

6. The packaging. Not like anything else I currently have. It’s nice, but I think the bottom of the box and it’s fake wood grain could use a change.

That’s it for now, I think I’m going to start doing some handwritten reviews on my collection, I’ll be sure to post when I get on that.

Thanks for reading!