Ink Review #533: 3 Oysters Red Wine

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Our next 3 Oysters ink this week is Red Wine from the Delicious collection. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Red Wine is a dark but rather unsaturated maroonish-burgundy.

Swabs:

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In large swabs you can see some shading but no sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Medium

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in all nib sizes and some bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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Red Wine is closest to Kobe Bordeaux. Click here to see the 3 Oysters inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pilot Vanishing Point Crimson Sunrise on a Midori MD Notebook. The ink had a dry flow, which caused some railroading and skipping. This pen and ink did not work well together.

I used a broad Pilot Vanishing Point Crimson Sunrise on a Midori MD Notebook. The ink had a dry flow, which caused some railroading and skipping. This pen and ink did not work well together.

Overall, this ink had some flow issues from being so dry. I’m just not crazy about it.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #532: 3 Oysters Seal Brown

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Our next 3 Oysters ink this week is Seal Brown from the Delicious collection. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Seal Brown is a dark brown with some shading.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink looks much darker. After a few days the large swabs still haven’t completely dried. There is no sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Medium

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in all nib sizes and some bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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Seal Brown is closest to Colorverse Space Laika. Click here to see the 3 Oysters inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used an Edison Collier Blue Steel with a broad SIG nib on a Midori MD Notebook. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

I used an Edison Collier Blue Steel with a broad SIG nib on a Midori MD Notebook. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, the ink is a bit dry for me, but other than that it’s well behaved. There isn’t anything about it that wows me, but it’s a nice color.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #531: 3 Oysters Cool Gray

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Our next 3 Oysters ink this week is Cool Gray from the Delicious collection. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Cool gray is just that-a medium cool toned grey.

Swabs:

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In large swabs you can see some of the blue undertone and some shading.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Medium

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in all nib sizes and some bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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Similar inks:

Cool Gray is closest to Diamine Grey. Click here to see the 3 Oysters inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a medium Pelikan M805 Stresemann on a Midori MD Notebook. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

I used a medium Pelikan M805 Stresemann on a Midori MD Notebook. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, the ink is a bit dry for me, but other than that it’s well behaved. I like the color, and it has an average dry time.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #530: 3 Oysters Navy Blue

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Let’s tackle some 3 Oysters inks this week, starting with Navy Blue from the Delicious collection. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

The first thing I did with this ink is put it in a fountain pen, just like I do with every ink I test. However, when I pulled the pen back out of the ink, the ink hung on with a long string, rather like melted cheese. This made me very hesitant to put it in any other pens, so instead of using my Pilot Vanishing Points like I usually do, I used my Lamy Al-Stars since they are easier to replace if broken. The ink is very thick and stringy, which caused some flow issues you will see below. I hope it’s only my sample that is like this, not every bottle of this ink.

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The color:

Navy Blue is a medium blue black.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has some pretty dark pink sheen. Even after four days, the ink isn’t completely dry yet. You can see from the ink drops that the flow is too thick and stringy.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, high sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in all nib sizes but no bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Similar inks:

Navy Blue is closest to Verdigris and 4B.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl on a Midori MD Notebook. The ink had a dry flow. The ink had skipping, hard starts, and railroading.

I used a broad Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl on a Midori MD Notebook. The ink had a dry flow. The ink had skipping, hard starts, and railroading.

Overall, I can’t recommend this ink just based on the flow and performance. It’s too stringy and thick which causes lots of flow problems.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #529: Taccia Ebi Purple-Red

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Let’s finish up the Taccia inks with Taccia Ebi Purple-Red. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Ebi Purple-Red is a maroonish-purple.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink looks more purple than red-purple and has just a little bit of bright green sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-feathers on Rhodia and Leuchtturm in the flex nib.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there is some bleeding in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Other properties: medium shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer. The shading is there, but it’s subtle.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in the larger nib sizes and bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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Ebisu Purple-Red seems to be a lighter version of Bungubox Sweet Potato Purple. Click here to see the Taccia inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a medium Pelikan M605 White Transparent on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

I used a medium Pelikan M605 White Transparent on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s a nice ink, but there’s a little bit more feathering and bleeding than I like.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #528: Taccia Murasaki Purple

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Next let’s take a look at Taccia Murasaki Purple. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Murasaki Purple is a beautiful medium purple. This color actually reminds me of Barney. It’s Barney purple.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is some pretty shading and just a little bit of bright green sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shading, low sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is only visible in a flex nib and large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in the larger nib sizes and a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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Murasaki Purple is closest to Monteverde Amethyst. Click here to see the Taccia inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad architect Platinum 3776 Nice and a fine Montegrappa Copper Mule on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

I used a broad architect Platinum 3776 Nice and a fine Montegrappa Copper Mule on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s well behaved at an affordable price, but I can’t help thinking of Barney every time I see it. It’s a lovely purple ink.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #527: Taccia Sora Sky Blue

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Let’s start off today with Taccia Sora Sky Blue. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Sora Sky Blue is a bright light blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is some pretty shading.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in the larger nib sizes and a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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Sora Sky Blue is pretty close to Montblanc Unicef Blue. Click here to see the Taccia inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s a pretty, well behaved blue. There are a lot of blue inks similar to this one so I don’t think I need a full bottle, but it’s very pretty.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #526: Taccia Ao Blue

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We are almost done with Taccia inks, just a few more to go. Today we are looking at Taccia Ao Blue. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Ao Blue is a beautiful medium blue with coppery red sheen.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is some beautiful coppery red sheen (it’s hard to photograph it just right).

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is visible in all nib sizes on Tomoe River and most nib sizes on Rhodia and Leuchtturm, but it’s a more subtle sheen, not so in-your-face as other sheeny inks are.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in the larger nib sizes and a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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Ao Blue is a bit brighter than Sailor Jentle Blue, but they are similar. Click here to see the Taccia inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wet flow. I love this ink/pen/paper combo. It’s beautiful.

I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wet flow. I love this ink/pen/paper combo. It’s beautiful.

Overall, its pretty well behaved and has a really nice flow. I like it.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Traveler & More Journal

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I have been using this Traveler and More Leather Journal for a few weeks, and Traveler & More has kindly offered readers a discount code. Click on the link and use the coupon code MOI15OFF for a 15% discount.

The notebook features a sturdy leather cover with an elastic closure. After two weeks of using the notebook daily, the cover has just a few little scuffs but has held up perfectly. I love leather covers since they develop a lovely patina the more they are used. The paper is a cream 100gsm. There are four separate notebooks included, a grid, a planner, a lined, and a blank. There is also a kraft envelope insert and a plastic zip pocket and card holder.

Since there are four notebooks stacked on top of each other, it can be awkward to write on sometimes, depending on where you are in the stack. I’m not crazy about the brand name on the spine of the journal. I think it’s just a bit too noticeable.

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The notebook has some fun details, a nice leather bookmark, and a leather piece on the elastic closure to help protect the notebook edges.

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Plastic zip pouch

The plastic zip pouch is the same size as the notebooks and can hold a lot of extras. The other side holds 3 credit cards.

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Fountain Pens

I tested out the new Taccia inks in a lot of different nibs.

There was just a tiny bit of feathering from Aka Red, but other than that the others did really well. There was also a little bit of bleeding, no where near what I expected. I don’t think I would use both sides of the page since I use so many different inks, but you could if the bleeding didn’t bother you or if you stuck to the non-bleeding inks.

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Gel Pens and Pencils

The paper handled gel pens, pencils and highlighters really well, no problems there.

There’s a little bit of tooth to the paper, so it does really well with the pencils.

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Overall, the paper did well with most fountain pens, with some bleeding from just a few. I think the notebook is a good value for the price, and would be a good Christmas gift for a stationery lover.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Traveler & More for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page and this post is not sponsored in any way.