Ink Review #777: Noodler's Turquoise

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For my birthday this year, my mom bought me a bottle of Noodler’s Turquoise. I love teal inks, so I was hopeful this would be a good one.

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The color:

Turqoise is between blue and green, a bit more on the green side. I’d call it a greenish-teal.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink looks more blue.

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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, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

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

Comparison Swabs:

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Turquoise is closest to Colorverse Pale Blue Dot. Click here to see the Noodler’s inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, out of all the Noodler’s inks I’ve tried, I think this one is the most well-behaved. It’s a great color, has a nice wet flow and has an average dry time.

Disclaimer: This ink was gifted to me. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #776: Papier Plume Lake Michigan Winter

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Papier Plume created 2 new exclusive inks for the 2019 Chicago Pen Show. A friend was very kind to pick me up a bottle of each, so today’s ink is Papier Plume Lake Michigan Winter.

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The color:

Lake Michigan Winter (LMW) is a light blue-green with a cool tone.

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: 30 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 the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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LMW is closest to Sailor Ink Studio 264. It’s much cooler and lighter than Papier Plume Lake Michigan Summer. Click here to see the Papier Plume inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pilot Custom 74 in Teal with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I really like this ink. I love Lake Michigan Summer from last year’s show and Lake Michigan Winter is different enough that I’m glad I have both. Sailor Ink Studio 264 is a good alternative if you missed out on LMW.

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.

Ink Review #775: Diamine Aurora Borealis

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Diamine Aurora Borealis is the second ink created for Reddit’s r/fountainpens. I really like the first one, Diamine Earl Grey, so I decided to give this one a try too. You can find this ink at Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Aurora Borealis is a beautiful dark teal.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has some pretty 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: Low-there was just a little bit of bleeding on Rhodia.

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

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

Comparison Swabs:

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Aurora Borealis is closest to Robert Oster Deep Sea. Click here to see the Diamine inks together, and click here to see the teal inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Lamy Safari Petrol with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow. I really like this pen/ink combo.

Overall, I really like this ink. I have a weakness for teal inks, and this is a good one. Robert Oster Deep Sea is very similar to Aurora Borealis, but Deep Sea has just a little bit more sheen.

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

Ink Review #774: Papier Plume Bad Bad Leroy Brown

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Papier Plume created 2 new exclusive inks for the 2019 Chicago Pen Show. A friend was very kind to pick me up a bottle of each. Let’s take a look at Bad Bad Leroy Brown.

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The color:

Leroy Brown is a medium, cool-tone brown. When wet it looks warmer, but cools in tone as it dries.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink almost looks purple.

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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-it did feather in the larger nib sizes on Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

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

Comparison Swabs:

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In swabs Leroy Brown looks like a lighter version of Noodler’s Walnut, but in writing it looks more like Robert Oster Melon Tea. Click here to see the Papier Plume inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Franklin Christoph 46 Autumn Oak with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I enjoyed this ink. I like the cool tone. Robert Oster Melon Tea might be a good alternative if you missed out on this ink.

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.

Ink Review #773: KWZ Butterscotch

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This year’s exclusive ink for the 2019 St. Louis Pen Show, Meet Me in St. Louis is KWZ Butterscotch. The St Louis Pen Show is coming up this weekend. Butterscotch perfectly matches its name, an orange-brown with lots of depth and shading. Thanks to the organizers of the pen show for sending over a sample for review.

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The color:

Butterscotch is right in-between orange and brown with lots of depth.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has some black 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: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

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

Comparison Swabs:

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Butterscotch has a little more orange in it than Robert Oster Toffee, but less orange than Birmingham Golden Ale. Click here to see the KWZ inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pelikan M400 White Tortoise with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow. I love this pen/ink combo-it made for lots of shading.

Overall, I love this ink-it has high shading, a nice wet flow, and a gorgeous color. I need to find someone to pick up a bottle for me, it would be perfect for the fall season.

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by the organizers of the St Louis Pen Show 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 #772: J Herbin Eclat de Saphir

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Let’s take a look at J Herbin Eclat de Saphir. Thanks to Pen Boutique for sending a bottle over for review! This ink comes in 30ml bottles.

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The color:

Eclat de Saphir is a vibrant blue-purple or blurple.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink looks much darker, more purple than blue.

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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: 15 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 the ink feathered in all nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Eclat de Saphir is close to Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai in color. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pelikan M600 Violet with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I really enjoy this ink. It has a nice flow, gorgeous color and dries quickly.

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by Pen Boutique 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.

Yoseka Notebook

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Yoseka Stationery is run by Neil and Daisy in New York, where they opened in 2017 and focus on Asian stationery. Yoseka sent me their A5 notebook to try, and the very first thought I had when I saw it is minimalist. The cover is a cement grey, with a small discreet logo on the back cover. The binding is exposed and the paper blank. It’s a naked canvas for whatever you can dream up.

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The spine is open, you can see the exposed binding which allows the notebook lays completely flat all throughout the notebook. This is the biggest part of why I enjoy this notebook-I hate it when notebooks don’t lay flat.

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This paper is called KBU2, and is made by Conifer in Taiwan. It’s a thick, 85gsm uncoated blank paper. There are 224 unnumbered pages. It’s not a bright white, but not cream either. I’d call it ivory.

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A5 Hardcovers

It measures 5.8" x 8.3". The cover is made of durable cardboard, and so far it’s held up really well to use.

Fountain Pens:

This paper has zero feathering, and only a few spots of very minor bleed through. I love how well the paper holds up to fountain pens, way better than I expected. There is some show-through, but not enough that would stop me from using both sides of the page. The paper also shows shading and sheen beautifully.

Pencils and Gel Pens:

Here’s the part where I discovered this notebook’s one weakness: it doesn’t handle gel pens that great. It handles pencils like a champ, mainly due to its thick uncoated nature, but even after ten minutes the gel pen ink was still wet and I easily smeared the writing.

Overall, this notebook handled fountain pens really well. I love the basic cover, exposed binding, discreet branding and really good paper. I do wish it was available in dot grid, but that might prove dangerous because I would buy them all.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Yoseka 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.