Iroshizuku ajisai (ink review)

•April 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This ink review is about the Iroshizuku ajisai ink. I bought this bottle at PenGallery in Malaysia. My experiences with this shop are good. I bought some new flash gear, so had to try a lot and made a lot of pictures of this ink 😉
Iroshizuku Ajisai

Color
A nice vivid bluish purple color. It is named after the beautiful flower Hydrangea. But the color is more blue then purple.
Iroshizuku Ajisai
Iroshizuku Ajisai

Writing
The flow of this ink is great and it writes really smooth. Drying time is lightning fast in a Moleskine (3-5 seconds). On Rhodia paper it takes (7-10 seconds).
Iroshizuku Ajisai

Written review
Iroshizuku Ajisai
Can’t read it? Here’s the translation:
“Iroshizuku ajisai

I filled my Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point (medium) with Iroshizuku ajisai.

The color is described as vivid bluish purple. And that is just what it is. It is named after the beautiful flower Hydrangea. It is more blue then purple.

The ink behaves perfect in combination with this medium nib on this Moleskine paper. It does not bleed through or feathers. It has a lightning fast drying time on this paper, so it could be great for lefties.

Ink is not cheap $0,45 – $0,50/ml. But it is really great.

Woodworker”
Iroshizuku Ajisai

The Bottle
The bottle contains 50ml of great ink. The bottle has a great design. Can’t they get a design award or something? In the bottom is a little hole to put the nib in when filling the pen. So every drop of ink will get into the fountain pen.
Iroshizuku Ajisai
Such a lovely bottle comes of course in a great looking box!
Iroshizuku Ajisai

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Iroshizuku Ajisai

100% Moleskine proof
This ink is 100% Moleskine proof. I could not find a Moleskine where the ink showed any bleed through. Another great ink you can 100% trust in every Moleskine without bothering about bleed through.

So let no one tell you a Moleskine is not well suited for fountain pens. With the right ink it is a great companion. Click on this link to see more 100% Moleskine proof inks.

For more Iroshizuku pages look on this page for more links and reviews.

The Iroshizuku ink is a luxurious line of inks created to reflect the beautiful natural scenery of Japan. The gorgeous shades will fill your fountain pen with bold, beautiful and vivid colors. Each bottle is a beautifully crafted glass container designed with an innovative dip at the bottom to ensure the savory enjoyment of every last drop. Every bottle has 50ml and are a great piece of art.

Sheaffer Turquoise (ink review)

•April 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

In my search for a nice red, a lot of people on the Fountain Pen Network advised Sheaffer Skrip red. This ink was amazingly good. So I bought some more bottles with other colors. This bottle I bought at a small store in Groningen (The Netherlands) called Vulpenwereld (translation Fountain Pen World). It is a store where the owner still knows a lot on his business.
Sheaffer 'Skrip' Turqoise

Color
Writing with this color makes you longing for spring to come with sunshine and a beach. It is a swimming pool blue.Great color if you like turquoise. This ink has great shading!
Sheaffer 'Skrip' Turqoise

Writing
It is an ink with normal flow in every fountain pen I used it in. It writes very smooth and does not hesitate. Drying time is really great as well in a Moleskine (3-5 seconds) as on Rhodia paper (5-8 seconds). It is the quickest dryingtime on Rhodia paper up till now that I tested.
Sheaffer 'Skrip' Turqoise

Written review
Sheaffer 'Skrip' Turqoise
Can’t read it? Here’s the translation:
“Sheaffer Turquoise

I filled my Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point (medium) with Sheaffer Turquoise.

It is a great color! This ink has great shading from light to dark turquoise.

The flow of the ink is normal in this pen. It writes very smooth. Above all it behaves great in every Moleskine I have. No feathering and no bleed through. It dries really quick in a Moleskine.

It is the cheapest ink I own $0,10/ml. But what a great performing ink this is.

Woodworker”
Sheaffer 'Skrip' Turqoise

The Bottle
The bottle contains 50ml of great ink. The bottle is deep enough to fill fountain pens with large nibs. I like the design which makes the bottle hard to fall.
Sheaffer 'Skrip' Turqoise

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100% Moleskine proof
This ink is 100% Moleskine proof. I could not find a Moleskine where the ink showed any bleed through. Another great ink you can 100% trust in every Moleskine without bothering about bleed through.

So let no one tell you a Moleskine is not well suited for fountain pens. With the right ink it is a great companion. Click on this link to see more 100% Moleskine proof inks.

Specially formulated, Sheaffer® Skrip® Ink will ensure a long write life and a smooth flow of ink to paper. There are a variety of colors available in 50ml bottles .

Pelikan Blue Black

•April 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I bought this vintage ink at a local flea-market. I saw three of these bottles with the right box. I paid $ 10,= for these beauty’s. One box was a little bit damaged.
Pelikan Blue Black

Color
It is a nice Blue Black. It is more blueish then Montblanc Blue Black. The color comes close to Iroshizuku tsuk-yo but without the green hue.
Pelikan Blue Black

Writing
It is a somewhat dry ink, but the flow is good enough and I don’t know if it is the vintage age of the ink that makes it this way. First thing that I noticed was the very quick drying time of the ink. It is outstanding, even on Rhodia paper it takes only 10 seconds to dry. I could not find a Moleskine where this ink bled through the pages.
Pelikan Blue Black

Written review
Pelikan Blue Black
Can’t read it? Here’s the translation:
“Pelikan Blue Black

I filled my Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point (medium) with Pelikan Blue-Black.

I found three vintage bottles at a local flea market. I think the bottles are from around 1980.

The color is lighter the the Montblanc Blue Black. But it is a nice blue black. It has some shading.

This ink behaves very well in Moleskines, no feathering or bleed through. It is 100% Moleskine proof. It dries very quickly. I love it very very much.

New bottles cost about $ 0,13/ml

Woodworker”
Pelikan Blue Black

The Bottle
The bottle contains 70ml of ink. The shape of the bottle is still working great even for large shaped fountain pens.
Pelikan Blue Black

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100% Moleskine proof
This ink is 100% Moleskine proof. I could not find a Moleskine where the ink showed any bleed through. Another great ink you can 100% trust in every Moleskine without bothering about bleed through.

So let no one tell you a Moleskine is not well suited for fountain pens. With the right ink it is a great companion. Click on this link to see more 100% Moleskine proof inks.

Fountain pen ink by Pelikan. Ideally formulated for Pelikan pens and other plunger mechanism and converter pens. Pelikan has been making inks since 1863.

Sailor Kiwagura Nano Carbon Super Black

•March 26, 2010 • 3 Comments

Is it for everyone the same? I have a passion for fountain pens and have way to much ink. I have some great black inks in my stock: Noodler’s Black, Visconti Black, Montblanc Black. How can it be that I always have to try an ink that I don’t have…… I bought this Sailor Kiwagura Nano Super Black ink at Jetpens in the USA. The have a lot of Japanese stationery and deliver quickly.
Sailor Kiwaguro Nano Carbon

Color
OK, the color is black. What more can I say. In my opinion Noodler’s Black is blacker. I think Noodler’s is a little bit more shinier and Sailor is more mat.
Sailor Kiwaguro Nano Carbon

Writing
A big advantage over Noodler’s Black is the dryingtime of this Sailor Kiwagura Nano Carbon Black ink. In a Moleskine the ink dries in about 7 seconds. On Rhodia paper it takes about 15 seconds. The flow of the ink is normal just good enough, not dry or to wet. I saw this text on eBay: “Let me tell you about this Nano technology. A normal ink is water like fluid which easily flows through the pens nib. But the normal ink can get erased if water is spilled over it or due to time and temperature, the ink starts fading. The latest Nano technology which sailor has adopted in its ink is that it never gets erased irrespective of temperature, time or water. It is a complete waterproof ink. The flow of this ink is very smooth and in a pyramidal way.”
Sailor Kiwaguro Nano Carbon

Written review
Sailor Kiwaguro Nano Carbon
Can’t read it? Here’s the translation:
“Sailor Kiwagura Nano Carbon Super Black

What a longe name for a fountain pen ink. I filled my Lamy Al-star (medium) with Sailor Kiwagura.

I must say I am just as suprised as I was trying Noodler’s Black. This ink behaves very very well in this Moleskine. No bleed through or feathering in any of my Moleskines. The lines are very sharp and crisp.

I don’t know if it is blacker then Noodler’s black. But it sure behaves just as good. With a q-tip it sure is black.

$ 0,45/ml is not cheap, but it is black!

This line written with a Lamy nib 1.1, no bleed through either.

Woodworker”
Sailor Kiwaguro Nano Carbon

The Bottle
The bottle contains 50ml of great ink. It is nicely shaped. But it is not very deep. It is hard for a Pelikan M1000 to suck up enough in.
Sailor Kiwaguro Nano Carbon

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100% Moleskine proof
This ink is 100% Moleskine proof. I could not find a Moleskine where the ink showed any bleed through. Another great ink you can 100% trust in every Moleskine without bothering about bleed through.

So again a great ink to write with in any Moleskine.

Sailor fountain pen ink is made in Japan from their exclusive formulas. Both bottled and cartridge inks are an alkaline base. Any of the sailor inks can be mixed with one another to create your *perfect* color. Sailor ink should not be mixed with other brands of ink. Sailor’s inks are smooth-flowing for use in all your treasured fountain pens. The beautifully designed bottle contains 50ml of ink. Nine rich colors to choose from.

My new Leuchtturm1917 diary

•March 23, 2010 • 3 Comments

In about 8 months I used two Pocket Moleskines (plain paper) as a diary. I do not write on a regular daily basis, but always 3-5 times a week. When we have holidays I write a story every day. Everything I do daily and comes to mind when I write I put in it. Sometimes I make little sketches in it, and often I glue some pictures with the story.
Moleskine Pocket Plain

I love the Moleskine, no matter how much you put in it, they still hold up and don’t fall apart. Look how they grew in the past months. Moleskine has a great advantage over other notebooks, they always lay flat on the table.
Moleskine Pocket Plain

Here’s two examples of what I put in my diary:
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I don’t know how it is with you, but I for sure always want to try something new. So after two Moleskines I wanted to try another brand. I choose the Leuctturm1917 and bought it at Journaling Arts. She wrote a great review on her blog. I would not do it better then her so here’s the link and have a great time reading it.

Just started using it (march 16th 2010). I will let you know how it holds up in time.
Leuchtturm1917 Pocket Plain

Here’s a page of thursday, march 18th 2010. You can see it needs a little bit of Moleskine to lay flat 😉
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I let you know in about three months how this new diary is compared to the Moleskines.
Leuchtturm1917 Pocket Plain

Rohrer & Klingner Pernambuco

•March 13, 2010 • 1 Comment

I bought some bottles of Rohrer & Klinger at The Writing Desk from the United Kingdom. Great shop that I can recommend to you.
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Color
The color is named after the Brazillian Wood called blood-wood. This plant has a dense, orange-red heartwood that takes a high shine, and it is the premier wood used for making bows for string instruments. The wood also yields a red dye called brazilin, which oxidizes to brazilein.
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Writing
The ink flows great. Writing with it is a real joy. It flows great in every pen. I currently use it in my Montblanc 146 (fine) for accenting and highlighting my every day writing.
Rohrer & Klingner Pernambuco

Written review
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Can’t read it? Here’s the translation:
“Rohrer & Klingner Pernambuco

I filled my Lamy Safari (medium) with Rohrer & Klingner Pernambuco.

The color is named after a Brazilian Wood. It is a nice color. Like a mixture of light red, pink and a tiny bit of orange. It is not as vivid as Sailor Irore Red or Iroshizuku momiji but it is a nice red.

The ink behaves very good in this Moleskine. No bleed through or feathering. Very quick drying time. Also this ink has great shading.

The ink costs about $ 0,12/ml.

Woodworker”
Rohrer & Klingner Pernambuco

The Bottle
The bottle contains 50ml of great ink. The bottle is deep enough to fill fountain pens with large nibs.
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Moleskinefriendly
This ink is Moleskine friendly. I had one Moleskine that showed a little bit of bleed through with a medium nibbed fountain pen. So I think you should place this ink between 100% moleskine proof and Moleskinefriendly.
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With this range that contains 18 tones of writing inks for fountain pens and quills, Rohrer & Klingner continues an old tradition of ink production. Apart from classical tones (including two iron gall inks), several new colours are available, that have been developed for the primary purpose of calligraphy. On a traditional basis, the inks are produced with inter alia modern raw materials.

FOR MORE ROHRER & KLINGER INKS LOOK ON THE INDEX PAGE

Private Reserve Tangerine Dream

•March 12, 2010 • 1 Comment

I bought this bottle of Private Reserve Tangerine Dream at the PenGallery website. It is a real joy doing business with these people. I can highly recommend them. PenGallery specializes in sale of branded quality writing instruments, related products and lighters at competitively lower prices compared to that of the manufacturer’s list price.
Private Reserve Tangerine Dream

Color
The color is named after the fruit Tangerine. The tangerine (Citrus × tangerina) is an orange-coloured citrus fruit. It is a variety of the Mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata). The color is between bright orange and dark yellow. The ink is good visible on the paper. When it is more yellow it often becomes harder to read.
Private Reserve Tangerine Dream

Writing
The ink writes smooth and the flow in combination with this pen is good. When an ink does not bleed through a Moleskine with a stub-nib it is a good ink to write with. Drying time in a Moleskine is about 9 seconds with this nib. On Rhodia paper it takes about twice the time. I could not detect feathering in a Moleskine.
Private Reserve Tangerine Dream

Written review
Private Reserve Tangerine Dream
Can’t read it? Here’s the translation:
“Private Reserve Tangerine Dream

I filled my Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point (stub) with some Private Reserve Tangerine Dream.

It is a great combo with this nib. The ink flows great. In this Moleskine with this stub-nib their’s no bleed through or feathering. Drying time is good.

The color is great for all kind of writing. I would not use it for every day writing. But it is great for highlighting and accentuating.

The ink costs about $ 0,17/ml.

The name matches this color great.

Woodworker”
Private Reserve Tangerine Dream

The Bottle
The bottle contains 50ml of great ink. The bottle is deep enough to fill even a Montblanc 149 or Pelikan M1000 with huge nibs.
Private Reserve Tangerine Dream

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Moleskinefriendly
This ink is Moleskine friendly. With this stub-nib Pilot Namiki I had two (out of five) Moleskines with some real tiny dots coming through on the other side of the paper. Because the ink is light colored the tiny bit of bleed through is not much of a deal.
Private Reserve Tangerine Dream

Private Reserve Fountain Pen Inks are among the best inks available today; purchase from one of our many dealers. We think you’ll be happy you did. Now in 37 colors, neutral ph., excellent coverage, smooth flow, vibrant colors, non-clogging, fast drying, classic deco bottle design, made in USA

Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa

•March 9, 2010 • 3 Comments

I bought this bottle at The Writing Desk in the United Kingdom. It is an iron-gall-nut ink. I wrote this review with my Marlen Aderl (medium).
Rohrer & Klinger Scabiosa

Color
This color tends a bit to Rohrer & Klingner Old Bordeaux. But the color is darker and more purple. The color has fantastic shading in combination with this pen. Standing out of the crowd you can use this color for everyday use I think. Just be bold! 😉
Rohrer & Klinger Scabiosa
The color is named after the beautiful flower Scabiosa ‘Ace of Spades’
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Writing
Like most other Rohrer & Klingner inks this one also behaves great in a Moleskine. In fact it writes beautiful. The flow is great in combination with this pen. No bleed through in this Moleskine nor did I see any feathering. Even with the Marlen medium nib the ink works great in every Moleskine. Drying time is a bit longer and takes about 13-15 seconds in this medium nib pen.
On Rhodia paper it takes twice the time, so your safe after 30 seconds.
Rohrer & Klinger Scabiosa

Written review
Rohrer & Klinger Scabiosa
Can’t read it? Here’s the translation:
“Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa

I just filled my Marlen Aderl (medium) with Roher & Klinger Scabiosa.

What a nice purple color with great shading. It is an iron-gall ink. It behaves very good in a Moleskine. I did not see any bleed through in one of my Moleskines.

The shading of the color goes from very dark purple (almost black) to normal purple. I really love this color.

Rohrer & Klingner ink costs about $ 0,12/ml.

Woodworker”
Rohrer & Klinger Scabiosa

The Bottle
The bottle contains 50ml of great ink. It’s a standard model of bottle, nothing fancy. But is does the trick great even with larger nibbed fountain pens.
Rohrer & Klinger Scabiosa

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100% Moleskine proof
This ink is 100% Moleskine proof. I could not find a Moleskine where the ink showed any bleed through. Just a tiny bit of feathering in some Moleskines. But just really a little bit. So is it about paper in the Moleskine. Yes off course it varies to much in different Moleskines. But there are inks just like this one which do the trick very well. A paper-product that never bleeds through like the Rhodia paper has also it’s disadvantages (for example the long dryingtimes).

So again a great ink to write with in any Moleskine.

With this range that contains 18 tones of writing inks for fountain pens and quills, Rohrer & Klingner continues an old tradition of ink production. Apart from classical tones (including two iron gall inks), several new colours are available, that have been developed for the primary purpose of calligraphy. On a traditional basis, the inks are produced with inter alia modern raw materials.

FOR MORE ROHRER & KLINGER INKS LOOK ON THE INDEX PAGE

Stipula Musk Green (Verde Mushiato)

•March 4, 2010 • 4 Comments

I bought a few bottles of Stipula Calamo Ink at the PenGallery. Pen Gallery is a really great shop which delivers fast from Kuala Lumpur to everywhere in the world. I never heard of this ink. So I read about it on The Fountain Netwerk. I became curious and ordered some bottles. For this review I used my Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point with an italic nib from Richard Binder.
Stipula Musk Green Desktop Image

Color
This color tends a bit to Rohrer & Klingner Old Golden Green. But the color is darker and more green. The color has magnificent shading in combination with this wonderful italic nib. I really enjoy this ink. I thought this color was more green like the sample on the outside box, but is has more yellow in it.
Stipula Musk Green

Writing
Writing was great with this ink. I really enjoyed writing this review for you. The flow in this italic nib was great. I did not have a problem with it. It’s a real quick dryer in the Moleskine. On Rhodia paper it takes more then 15 seconds to dry.
Stipula Musk Green

Written review
Stipula Musk Green
Can’t read it? Here’s the translation:
“Stipula Verde Mushiato

I put some Stipula Verde Mushiato in my Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point (italic)

What a great, nice, but strange green color. It hase a very nice shading from dark yellow to dark green.

This ink behaves great in this Moleskine. No bleed through. But a little bit of feathering can be found.

I think Stipula made a great green ink This ink costs $ 0,27/ml

Woodworker”
Stipula Musk Green

The Bottle
The bottle contains 70ml ink. It’s a very nice shaped model of bottle. The bottle has a nice wide opening and is deep enough for our larger nibs. This ink bottle has been developed for Netto, Stipula’s revolutionary system for a clean filling to the last drop. I did not buy that system it is very expensive in my opinion.
Stipula Musk Green

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100% Moleskine proof
This ink is 100% Moleskine proof. I could not find a Moleskine where the ink showed any bleed through. Just a tiny bit of feathering in some Moleskines.

So again a great ink to write with in any Moleskine.
Stipula Musk Green

Calamo fountain pen ink (2.4 oz) is available in various colour formulations: Blu della Robbia (deep blue), Terra di Siena (sepia), Rosso Fiorentino (red finish), Verde Muschiato (green musk), Zafferano (sapphron golden yellow), and Borgogna (deep red). The glass of Calamo bottles is treated to protect the ink from the deterioration caused by exposure to the light. This ink bottle has been developed for Netto, Stipula’s revolutionary system for a clean filling to the last drop.

Rohrer & Klingner Old Bordeaux

•March 2, 2010 • 3 Comments

I bought some bottles of Rohrer & Klinger at The Writing Desk from the United Kingdom. The shop has a nice Col-o-rama. Rohrer & Klingner is a German company that makes all kinds of ink since 1892. I filled my purple Lamy Safari (fine) with this fine color.
Here’s my oldest daughter Deniece. She wanted to show of here dress for prom night. For me it was just the ink that was important for the picture…….. 😉
Rohrer & Klingner Old Bordeaux

Color
This color reminds me on antique bordeaux curtains…… Hmmmmm I don’t know why, but I like this color. It is a color I use a lot when I’m journaling. It is some kind of faded bordeaux.
Rohrer & Klingner Old Bordeaux

Writing
The more Rohrer & Klinger I review the more I am surprised by the quality of the ink. The flow of the ink in this Lamy Al-start pen with fine nib is excellent. Drying time in a Moleskine is about 7 seconds with this nib. On Rhodia paper it takes twice the time. I could not detect feathering in a Moleskine.
Rohrer & Klingner Old Bordeaux

Written review
Rohrer & Klingner Old Bordeaux
Can’t read it? Here’s the translation:
“Rohrer & Klingner Old-Bordeaux

I just filled my Lamy Safari Al-Star (fine) with Rohrer & Klinger Old Bordeaux.

What a nice antique color to write with. A deep, deep-purple.

On Moleskine paper this ink in this pen behaves very well. Drying takes about 7 seconds. On Rhodia it takes a little bit more then 15 seconds to dry.

Rohrer & Klingner ink costs about $ 0,12/ml.

On this Moleskine paper no feathering or bleed through. It is just a great ink. I have to try it in a medium nib!

Woodworker”
Rohrer & Klingner Old Bordeaux

The Bottle
The bottle contains 50ml of great ink. It’s a standard model of bottle, nothing fancy. But is does the trick great even with larger nibbed fountain pens.
Rohrer & Klingner Old Bordeaux

Moleskinefriendly
This ink is Moleskine friendly. As I said in my written review I needed this ink in a wider nib. I tried it in my Lamy Safari italic 1.1 nib. That was a little to much for one Moleskine. One out of five Moleskines showed a little bit of bleed through.

With this range that contains 18 tones of writing inks for fountain pens and quills, Rohrer & Klingner continues an old tradition of ink production. Apart from classical tones (including two iron gall inks), several new colours are available, that have been developed for the primary purpose of calligraphy. On a traditional basis, the inks are produced with inter alia modern raw materials.

FOR MORE ROHRER & KLINGER INKS LOOK ON THE INDEX PAGE