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.

Ink Review #525: Taccia Midori Green

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It’s time to take a look at Taccia Midori Green. This is a lovely Christmas green color. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Midori Green is a lovely bright, medium green.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is some beautiful 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: 50 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: no shading, medium 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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Midori Green is similar to Colorverse Shrodinger, but just a bit brighter. Click here to see the Taccia inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Conklin Duragraph Forest Green on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wet flow.

I used a broad Conklin Duragraph Forest Green on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I really like this color. It would be a nice Christmas color, but the dry time is a bit long.

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.