Pen: Levenger L-Tech Stealth, Medium Nib Ink: Wahl Eversharp Wahlberry Paper: Rhodia No. 16 Blank with a sheet of Doane Paper underneath for guides.
Nice medium blue
Not very unique
Notes: I had to do some digging around to get more info on this ink. Big thanks to Cary over at FountainPenDay.org for sending me over a sample! Wahlberry was the first of two inks released by Wahl-Eversharp over the summer. It’s advertised as an easy-flowing, fast-drying, non-clogging, smooth writing ink that’s ideal for their new line of flex nib pens. They say it’s safe specifically for older and vintage pens as well. I haven’t had it loaded up long enough to test all the claims (at the time of review), but it is very smooth and it is easy flowing. Theres some mild shading that I’m sure would pop more had I loaded it into a flex nib. The ink isn’t particularly unique, as it falls toward the darker end of medium blue, but it’s a solid performer at a reasonable price from a trusted brand. I have to get around to checking this stuff out in a flex nib and see what it’s really capable of. I like the ink, but there are so many blues out there that I’m not sure this is one I’d end up with a bottle of.
Pen: Karas Kustoms Ink – Medium Nib Ink: Private Reserve Orange Crush Paper: Rhodia No. 16 Blank with a sheet of Doane Paper underneath for guides.
Not too bright to write with
Nice mild shading
It’s orange. I still don’t like orange.
Notes: This is the physically largest ink review I’ve done, being that it’s on a Rhodia No. 16 pad. I decided to try something new (and give myself some more room on the page) by placing a sheet from my Doane Writing Pad underneath some blank Rhodia. So let’s see how it goes. I feel like I’ve missed some sort of pen blogger rite of passage where they were all initiated into the world of loving the color orange. I’m really not a huge fan of the color, pretty much anywhere. That being said, Private Reserve’s Orange Crush is a nice looking ink. There’s some nice mild shading in the Karas Ink’s medium nib, but it’s nowhere the full on shading assault that’s seen with Noodler’s Apache Sunset. P.R. Orange Crush is a bit darker, and a tiny bit more muted than Apache Sunset, and with far less yellow. It’s somewhere between the muted Noodler’s Cayenne and everyone’s favorite Apache Sunset. The more I’m writing with the ink, the more I’m noticing it’s a bit dry. It’s not bad, but I prefer the performance of Noodler’s Cayenne which is very close in appearance. If you like the color of this ink, it doesn’t disappoint, but I personally prefer Noodler’s orange offerings. Make sure to do some sampling before committing to a full bottle!