Ink Review #870: Jacques Herbin Orange Soleil

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This week is orange ink week! Each month I try to devote a week’s worth of ink reviews to one specific color. October means pumpkins, and pumpkins mean orange so orange it is! Let’s kick off the week with Jacques Herbin Orange Soleil from the Essentials collection. As far as I know, Goulet Pens is the only retailer in the United States that carries the Jacques Herbin Essentials collection. I purchased a sample of this ink from a group buy.

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The color:

Orange Soleil is a vibrant medium orange with a slight red undertone.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper you can see the red undertone easier.

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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, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex and broad nibs.

Comparison Swabs:

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Orange Soleil is similar to Sailor Jentle Apricot. It’s a bit more vibrant than Monteverde Topaz, and has less red than Robert Oster Orange, Robert Oster Fire on Fire and Diamine Orange. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together, and click here to see the orange inks together.

Longer writing:

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I used a medium TWSBI Eco Transparent Orange on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s a great basic orange, but as a basic orange it’s expensive. It’s well-behaved, and a pretty color but it’s a bit expensive for what it is.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Lochby Tool Roll

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In the past I’ve only used pen cases, but this year I’ve been branching out with pen rolls and tool rolls. Lately I’ve been using this Lochby Tool Roll. The outside is a dark brown waxed canvas with a mustard yellow interior. It matches the Lochby Field Journal well, with the same colors and materials. Thanks to Lochby for sending this product over for review.

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You can either fold it like a book or roll it up. When rolled it is very compact and easily fits in my purse, but this only works when you don’t have large stiff items in any of the pockets. When I carry post-it notes or pocket notebooks I have to fold it instead.

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When flat it’s rather large, 7.75" x 16". There are flaps from the top and bottom that protect any tools.

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The closure uses an aircraft-grade aluminum hook that hooks into any of the four spots on the outside of the roll.

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Zip Pocket

On the left side of the roll is a YKK zippered pocket. I currently have Tombow adhesive and a roll of Washi tape in mine.

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Across the roll are 9 elastic slots for holding tools. The first four are the smallest then two large ones, then three medium ones. The smallest can hold even the largest fountain pens. Mine currently hold: a Franklin-Christoph 45L in Italian ice-M, Pelikan M205 Star Ruby-F, Pilot Vanishing Point Crossed Lines-M, and an Edison Collier Persimmon Swirl-M.

The two large slots currently hold: a Pelikan M605 White Transparent-M, a Zebra Sarasa Clip, and a Pentel Energel 0.7. The three medium slots currently hold another three gel pens.

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Height

The tool roll is not tall enough to hold the average pencil. Here you can see how it measures against a fresh blackwing.

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There are three flat pockets in the back. Again, the roll isn’t quite tall enough to hold fresh pencils-I only carry shorter pencils in this case. The pockets can easily hold post-it notes, pocket notebooks or more pens/short pencils. The notes and notebooks do make it hard to roll since they are so stiff-when I carry those items I fold the roll book-style instead.

Overall, I find this tool roll really useful. It’s very sturdy and has held up well to a few weeks of heavy use. I love that it easily holds larger pens as well as washi tape and adhesive.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Lochby for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This post was not sponsored in any way and this post does not contain affiliate links.

2019 Fall Trees Ink Palette

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I’m still obsessed with fall colors this week. I’m enjoying browns, reds and oranges. This week we have been managing the kids’ karate lessons, rain storms and kid colds.

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I fell in love with this picture last week and decided to use it as the base for this week’s ink palette. The trees near my home are all orange, yellow and red right now, despite all the rain we’ve been getting.

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I decided to doodle little trees this week, I stink at doodles but that doesn’t stop me from doing them.

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This week’s Col-o-dex swabs. Every time I swab Robert Oster Grey Seas I fall in love with it a little more.

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I used: a Franklin-Christoph 45L in Italian ice-M, Pelikan M205 Star Ruby-F, Pilot Vanishing Point Crossed Lines-M, Pelikan M605 White Transparent-M, and an Edison Collier Persimmon Swirl-M.

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What did you have inked up this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Ink Review #869: Diamine Jalur Gemilang

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Yesterday I reviewed Diamine A Night in Jodhpur, so today we are looking at another similar ink, Diamine Jalur Gemilang. This ink was created exclusively for Pen Gallery in Malaysia, to celebrate the Malaysian flag. A sample of this ink was provided by a pen friend for this review.

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The color:

Jalur Gemilang is a bright medium blue. It’s almost a smurf blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has plenty of dark pink 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: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

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

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex and broad nibs.

Comparison Swabs:

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Jalur Gemilang is just a tiny bit lighter than Diamine A Night in Jodhpur. It’s hard to see the difference between the swabs. Click here to see the Diamine inks together.

Longer writing:

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I used a medium Lamy Safari Petrol on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a slightly wet but sticky flow.

Overall, it’s just a tiny bit lighter than Diamine A Night in Jodhpur. It can be smeared a little bit on Tomoe River paper if you aren’t careful. This ink is very hard to clean out of pens completely. I cleaned the pens as usual then had to run them through the ultrasonic cleaner five times before I felt like the pens were actually clean and didn’t see any more blue. As inks go it’s a bit high maintenance for me-hard to clean out, can smear, very hard to get in the United States, but it is a pretty color.

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

Ink Review #868: Diamine A Night In Jodhpur

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Diamine has been creating a ton of sheeny inks lately, let’s take a look at Diamine A Night in Jodhpur, a Papier and Stift store exclusive. When I attended my local Pelikan Hub recently a pen friend handed me a sample so I could try it out.

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The color:

A Night in Jodhpur is a medium blue with a green undertone. It’s not quite a teal but has more green than a classic blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has plenty of dark pink 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-there was some feathering in the flex nib.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

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

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex and broad nibs.

Comparison Swabs:

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A Night in Jodhpur is just slightly (by slightly I mean almost indistinguishably close) darker than Diamine Jalur Gemilang. It has more green in it than Diamine Skull and Roses and Diamine Maureen. Click here to see the Diamine inks together.

Longer writing:

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I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a slightly wet but sticky flow.

Overall, it has less sheen than some of the other Diamine store exclusives, but there’s still plenty of sheen. There is just a little bit of smearing if you run your hand across the page, but not as bad as some other popular sheening inks. Otherwise it’s pretty well behaved and a nice color.

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

Ink Review #867: Caran D'Ache Idyllic Blue

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Today’s ink is Caran D’Ache Idyllic Blue. I’ve only tried one Caran D’Ache ink so far, so I’m excited to try another. Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Idyllic Blue is a gorgeous medium Cornflower Blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has a little bit of dark red 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: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in most nib sizes and a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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Idyllic Blue is a bit lighter and less saturated than Monteverde Confidence. It’s warmer in tone than Robert Oster Grey Seas and less saturated than Sailor Ink Studio 443. Click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Transparent Blue with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly wetter than average flow.

Overall, I really enjoyed this ink. It’s just slightly wetter than average, it has some pretty shading and it’s a gorgeous color. I’m adding a full bottle to my wish list!

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