Ink Review #506: Kobe 6 Bordeaux

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Today’s Nagasawa Kobe ink is #6 Bordeaux. I’m in love with this color, perfect for fall. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review. (Right now Kobe inks are 25% off at Pen Chalet).

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The color:

Bordeaux is, well, a bordeaux red. It has a bit more purple than a maroon, but isn’t quite purple.

Swabs:

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Ink large swabs the ink looks more purple than it does in writing. There is a tiny bit of green sheen when concentrated.

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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: low shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. You can only see the sheen in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

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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Birmingham Carmine is the closest to Bordeaux, but not an exact match. It’s a little bit darker than Bordeaux is. Click here to see the Kobe inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a medium Pilot Vanishing Point Galaxy on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wet flow.

I used a medium Pilot Vanishing Point Galaxy on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I love the color of this ink, it’s well behaved, and has a nice wet 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 this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #505: Kobe Nada Brown

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This week we are taking a look at Nagasawa Kobe inks, so let’s start with Kobe #16 Nada Brown. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review. (Right now Kobe inks are 25% off at Pen Chalet).

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The color:

Nada Brown is a medium, neutral brown. This color would be great for autumn.

Swabs:

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Ink large swabs the ink looks more 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: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-some of the ink washed away, but you might still be able to figure out what was written.

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: 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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Nada Brown is warmer than Smoky Quartz, but not as warm as Cappuccino. Click here to see the Kobe inks together.

Longer writing:

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

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

Overall, it’s a lovely wet ink. It’s a nice brown with a medium tone, and just a little bit of shading.

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 #504: Robert Oster Campfire

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Today’s ink is Robert Oster Campfire, an exclusive ink from Phidon Pens. Robert Oster does a great job with store exclusive inks.

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The color:

Campfire is a medium orange-brown. I compared it to oranges and browns, and decided it’s a bit more brown than orange.

Swabs:

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Ink large swabs the ink looks more brown, and turns dark brown when concentrated.

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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 every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex and broad nibs.

Comparison Swabs:

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Similar inks:

Campfire is lighter and brighter than SBRE Brown. Click here to see the Robert Oster 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 an interesting color, not quite orange and not quite brown. There aren’t a lot of inks this color, so it’s rather unique. I really enjoyed this ink in a Pelikan M605.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Phidon 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.

Ink Review #503: Monteverde Moonstone

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We’ve reached the last day of brown ink week-today’s second ink is Monteverde Moonstone, from the Monteverde Gemstone collection.

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The color:

Moonstone is a medium, cool-tone brown.

Swabs:

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Ink large swabs the ink looks more grey than it does in writing.

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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 there was feathering in every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex and broad nibs.

Comparison Swabs:

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Similar inks:

Moonstone is a bit lighter than Diamine Espresso. Click here to see the Monteverde inks together, and click here to see the brown inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a medium Pilot Vanishing Point Crossed Links on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow.

I used a medium Pilot Vanishing Point Crossed Links on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I really love this ink. It’s affordable, the color is interesting, has a cool tone and a wet flow. I’m adding a full bottle to my wish list!

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 #502: Rohrer and Klingner SketchINK Lilly

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We’ve reached the last day of brown ink week-today’s first ink is Rohrer and Klingner SketchINK Lilly. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens. SketchINKs are water resistant and contain pigment, which makes them a little higher maintenance than the average ink.

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The color:

Lilly is a dark, cool-toned brown.

Swabs:

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Ink large swabs the ink looks almost black.

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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: High-the ink did not run at all.

Feathering: Low-the ink feathered in most nib sizes on Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium 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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Lilly is a bit of a unique brown, I don’t have any other brown inks that quite match the color. Click here to see the Rohrer and Klingner inks together, and click here to see the brown inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a fine Montegrappa Copper Mule on Tomoe River 68gsm. I had some issues with flow. You can see in the first three paragraphs there was some clogging and skipping, so I ended up priming the feed a bit and then it wrote much smoother.

I used a fine Montegrappa Copper Mule on Tomoe River 68gsm. I had some issues with flow. You can see in the first three paragraphs there was some clogging and skipping, so I ended up priming the feed a bit and then it wrote much smoother.

Overall, I like that it’s very water resistant and dries quickly, but there are some flow issues because of the pigment. I wouldn’t suggest leaving this ink in a pen for too long.

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.

The First 500 Inks

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We have reached 500 inks! Every time I complete 100 ink reviews I talk about my favorite inks by color. These are my current favorites, not favorites of all time or ones you should rush out and buy, just some inks I'm really enjoying right now. 

The First 100 Inks

The First 200 Inks

The First 300 Inks

The First 400 Inks

The rules: the inks have to have been in the first 500 ink reviews. They have to be my current favorites in that color, meaning the ones I use the most often. My favorites change often, so these are the ones I have used the most in the last month.

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Purple

I’ve been using a lot of browns, reds, and oranges right now for fall. What inks are you loving right now?

Disclaimer: 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 #501: Robert Oster Aussie Brown

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It’s brown ink week! I love using neutral inks in November! Today’s brown ink is Robert Oster Aussie Brown.

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The color:

Aussie Brown is a medium warm brown.

Swabs:

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Ink large swabs the ink looks cooler-toned than it does in writing.

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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 there was feathering in every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex and broad nibs.

Comparison Swabs:

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Similar inks:

Montblanc Toffee Brown has a little bit more red in it than Aussie Brown does. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a medium Lamy Studio Terracotta on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

I used a medium Lamy Studio Terracotta on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s another nice ink from Robert Oster. There’s some nice shading and it’s pretty well behaved.

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 #500: KWZ Cappuccino

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It’s time to tackle some brown inks! Let’s get started with KWZ Cappuccino. I received a sample of this ink from a sample swap with a friend.

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The color:

Cappuccino is a medium warm brown.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink looks more grey than brown.

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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 there was feathering in every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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Similar inks:

Noodler’s Walnut is a cooler and just a bit darker than Cappuccino.

Longer writing:

 I used a medium Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a nice wet flow.

I used a medium Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a nice wet flow.

Overall, it’s a nice ink-it has a wet flow, pretty color, some shading, and an average dry time. I really enjoyed this ink in the Pelikan M800.

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this ink in a sample swap with a friend. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #499: Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun

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I don’t know why, but I always reach for more neutral inks in November. Today’s ink is Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Fuyu-syogun is a medium grey with a purple undertone.

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: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-some of the ink washed away, but you might still be able to read what it said.

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 every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex and broad nibs.

Comparison Swabs:

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Fuyu-syogun and Gris Nuage have a similar tone, but Fuyu-syogun is darker. Click here to see the Pilot inks together. Click here to see the grey inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a medium Pilot VP Crossed Lines on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a nice wet flow.

I used a medium Pilot VP Crossed Lines on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a nice wet flow.

Overall, I really like this ink. It’s an interesting color, has some shading, dries quickly, and has a nice wet flow. I don’t think I’ve tried a Pilot Iroshizuku ink I didn’t 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.

Pebble Stationery Co. Notebook

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This week Pebble Stationery Co, a small Australian business, launched their notebook Kickstarter. The Kickstarter is on day three and is already completely funded. The Kickstarter is scheduled to deliver in February 2019.

They sent me some notebooks to try out a few weeks ago, and I’ve been using them daily. These pocket notebooks come in sets of 2 for AUS $13 early bird pricing, and then AUS $15 for the remainder of the kickstarter. The notebooks measure 3.5” x 5.5” and include 80 pages of 52gsm Tomoe River paper.

The pencil included with the Kickstarter utilizes 2B graphite with an attached eraser. It is a lovely silver-grey with subtle white branding.

You can see in the picture above I used a clip to keep the notebook closed since mine has been used so much it no longer stays closed on its own.

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The cover is 350gsm cardstock with a subtle branding impression on the front cover. The cover has held up really well over the past few weeks. The prototypes I received had hand-stitched binding, which I had some issues with (crooked stitching, easily broken), but I’m happy to say they listened to feedback and the stitching is now machine-stitched.

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Inside cover:

The inside cover has a place for you to include your details in case you lose the notebook.

The paper in my notebook is blank 52gsm Tomoe River paper. The notebooks now include dot grid, which I prefer over blank.

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Tomoe River does an amazing job handling fountain pens, but it also works pretty well for softer pencils. I love that the pencil included in the kickstarter is a bit soft at 2B.

Overall, I love that the branding is subtle and utilitarian. I love supporting new stationery projects, and this Kickstarter is a great way to get Tomoe River notebooks in Australia.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Pebble Stationery Co 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.