Birmingham Pen August 2018 Ink Subscription

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Today we are looking at August's Pen Parcel, aka the Birmingham Pen ink subscription. Every month five new, 5ml samples hit my mailbox.

 Left to right, Pelikan M805 Stresemann-M, Pelikan M605 White Transparent-M, Pilot Vanishing Point Twiligt-B, Twsbi Eco Pink-B, and Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown-M. 

Left to right, Pelikan M805 Stresemann-M, Pelikan M605 White Transparent-M, Pilot Vanishing Point Twiligt-B, Twsbi Eco Pink-B, and Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown-M. 

 I'm so happy to say that Birmingham Pens got new sample bottles. These new ones are a bit bigger, but I love that they are still glass. The new ones do not have that plastic stopper like the old ones that spit ink everywhere, so I'm very happy with them.

I'm so happy to say that Birmingham Pens got new sample bottles. These new ones are a bit bigger, but I love that they are still glass. The new ones do not have that plastic stopper like the old ones that spit ink everywhere, so I'm very happy with them.

Swabs:

 Brunswick is a dusky teal, Monongahela River Luster is a beautiful blue with lots of silver shimmer, Cerulean is a medium dusky blue, Stage Velvet Luster is a dark purple with lots of silver shimmer, and Elegant Fuchsia is a dark fuchsia.

Brunswick is a dusky teal, Monongahela River Luster is a beautiful blue with lots of silver shimmer, Cerulean is a medium dusky blue, Stage Velvet Luster is a dark purple with lots of silver shimmer, and Elegant Fuchsia is a dark fuchsia.

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In large swabs, the ink does take a very long time to dry. Both of the luster inks are packed with shimmer, and need to be shaken before use.

Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was just a bit of feathering on Rhodia and Leuchtturm, mainly in the flex nib.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: low-mostly in the flex nib.

Other properties: low to no shadingno sheen, and two shimmer inks. Monongahela River Luster and Stage Velvet Luster both have silver shimmer. Cerulean had the most shading out of the set.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in every nib size as well as bleeding, so I would not recommend these inks for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Lamy Petrol, Birmingham Brunswick, and Robert Oster Velvet Storm. Click here to see the Birmingham inks together. Click here to see the teal inks together.

Birmingham Southshore Luster, Birmingham Monongahela River Luster, and Organics Studio Glycine BlueClick here to see the blue inks together. 

Birmingham Cornflower, Birmingham Cerulean, and Birmingham Polar BearClick here to see the blue inks together.

Birmingham Violet Starling, Birmingham Stage Velvet Luster, and J Herbin 1798 Amethyste de L'oural. Click here to see the purple inks together.

Birmingham Carmine, Birmingham Elegant Fuchsia, and Platinum Lavender Black. Carmine is more red, Lavender Black is pretty close, but a bit lighter than Elegant Fuchsia. Click here to see the purple inks together. 

 I used an ivory Hippo Noto notebook (Tomoe River 68gsm). The luster inks had good flow to them, and clogged less than the luster ink I got in july's subscription.

I used an ivory Hippo Noto notebook (Tomoe River 68gsm). The luster inks had good flow to them, and clogged less than the luster ink I got in july's subscription.

Overall, I think these 5 inks go well together. The past few months' inks have been lots of dusky blues, purples and dark reds, so in the future I would like to see something a bit different color wise-maybe a vibrant orange would be a nice surprise. Out of this set, Stage Velvet Luster is my favorite, it had a good juicy flow and didn't clog the pen.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links.

Ink Review #389: Colorverse #40 Girls Just Wanna

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The last Colorverse x Opus 88 ink is Colorverse #40 Girls Just Wanna. In each box is a 65ml bottle and a 15ml bottle of matching ink. This ink was designed to match the Opus 88 Color Demonstrator fountain pen. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Girls Just Wanna is a lovely bubblegum pink.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there wasn't much shading, just a bit here and there.

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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: no shadingno sheen, and no shimmer

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and just a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Flamingo Pink, Colorverse 40 Girls Just Wanna, and Colorverse 5 Lights on CeresClick here to see the Colorverse inks together. 

Diamine Scarlet, Lamy Vibrant Pink, and Kobe 30 Oji Cherry. Oji Cherri is similar to Girls Just Wanna, but it's a bit brighter, and the flow is much wetter. Oji Cherry is the closest (and I actually prefer it over Girls Just Wanna). Click here to see the pink inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a fine Jinhao Shark pen on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow, which caused some skipping.

I used a fine Jinhao Shark pen on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow, which caused some skipping.

Overall, it's pretty well behaved, but a bit drier than I prefer. I do like the color, it reminds me of bubblegum.

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 is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #388: Colorverse #39 Supernatural

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Today's Colorverse x Opus 88 ink is Colorverse #39 Supernatural. In each box is a 65ml bottle and a 15ml bottle of matching ink. This ink was designed to match the Opus 88 Picnic Green fountain pen. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Supernatural is a bright Kelly green.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is some interesting shading. The ink drops took forever to dry, and haven't even dried yet, they are still a bit wet.

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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: high shadingno sheen, and no shimmer

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and just a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Kelly Green, Colorverse 39 Supernatural, and Robert Oster Green LimeClick here to see the Colorverse inks together. Kelly Green is the closest to Supernatural.

Robert Oster Ryde Green, Robert Oster Green Green, and Robert Oster Sublime. Click here to see the green inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a fine Jinhao Shark pen on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average to slightly dry flow, and did have a few hard starts and skips.

I used a fine Jinhao Shark pen on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average to slightly dry flow, and did have a few hard starts and skips.

Overall, it's got some nice shading, but it's pretty close to Diamine Kelly Green, which is much cheaper, and has a slightly better flow.

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 is not sponsored in any way.