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Rumble in the Jungle (Volcano, that is)

Posted by Davina Darling on

We love sheeny inks. We don't try to hide it and we definitely don't deny it. And based off of the feedback we get from customers, you guys like them, too. Krishna is a brand that has quickly become well known for their vast color line-up and especially for inks that sheen. They offer several saturated colors that pack a sheeny punch on the paper. The most popular of these inks is probably Jungle Volcano. Recently, Krishna informed us that they have had to make some adjustments to the formula of Jungle Volcano. Due to catastrophic weather conditions and severe...

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How to fill a Standard International Fountain Pen (video)

Posted by Chris Wright on

How to fill a Standard International Fountain Pen (video)

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Noodler's Ottoman Rose & Mandalay Maroon Ink Review

Posted by Amy Davis on

Noodler's Ottoman Rose & Mandalay Maroon Ink Review

Hello and and Happy Thursday! Today I wanted to check out some red inks.  I actually don't see many people using reds and I thought it would be interesting to use these two from Noodler's to compare since they are so close in color.    A lot of people think of Ottoman Rose as a pink shade because of the name, but for me it's more of a deep rose red with a  purple undertone while the Mandalay Maroon seems to be a less saturated ink with a pinkish smoky undertone.  Both are very pretty colors that have very similar properties.  ...

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Diamine Night Sky and Sparkling Shadows Review

Posted by Amy Davis on

Diamine Night Sky and Sparkling Shadows Review

Everyone likes a little shimmer, right? Hmmmm, well maybe not all fountain pen people love it so I tried it out in my Lamy Safari tonight.  I used a F nib and a 1.5 nib and as you can see the shimmer didn't show up with either nib, but it did wash out very easily with water so no worries there.  The Sparkling Shadows is a much lighter shade and I would call it a grey with a gold shimmer.  The Night Sky is a black ink with a silver shimmer.   I really liked using these two inks with...

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Robert Oster Barossa Grape - Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa Ink Review

Posted by Amy Davis on

Robert Oster Barossa Grape - Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa Ink Review

These two inks are similar in color, however, they each have distinct properties.  Even though the Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa is an iron gall ink, I chose to compare these two shades for their color similarities.  Just keep that in mind when making a decision before ordering.       Lamy F and 1.5 nibs on Rhodia paper.  Drying times are on the slow side even with the F nib.  Give them both a good 50-60 seconds to keep from smearing.  Both of these inks show their colors nicely with the F nib, however, the juicy grapeness comes through much...

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