The PenThing Ink Swatch Plot Log

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The PenThing is a pop-up pen shop in Chester, New Jersey. They just released their first self-branded product, The PenThing Ink Swatch Plot Log. It includes 48 pages of white, 120 gsm paper with categories to evaluate your inks.

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Each page has spaces for the ink’s name, a swatch, the pen/nib used, date inked, date cleaned, remarks, as well as a 1-10 scale for: saturation, flow, shading, bleeding, feathering, dry time, sheen, halo, shimmer and overall. I like the paper-it’s nice and thick, with very little show through. Since the paper is so thick, the notebook does not lay flat on its own. I also like the categories, the only one I don’t use is halo-the average user doesn’t know the difference between sheen and halo so not everyone would find that category helpful.

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Overall, I like this little notebook. It’s useful, has very little show through, and is great for keeping track of ink notes.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by The PenThing for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #850: Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai

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Most of the time I just review whatever inks are next on my list, but sometimes I like to do a theme for the week. This week’s theme is blue-black inks. Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai, aka “Deep Sea” is an ink I use often, and I was surprised when I realized I’ve never actually reviewed it. A pen friend was very kind and gave me my bottle, but you can find this ink for sale at Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Shin-kai is a medium blue-black.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink looks more blue with some 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: 15 seconds

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

Feathering: Low-there was a little bit of feathering in the flex nib on Leuchtturm paper.

Show through: Medium

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

Other properties: medium shading, low sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is only visible in large nibs 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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Shin-kai is similar to Lamy Blue-Black, but I do prefer Shin-kai. Click here to see the Pilot inks together, and click here to see the blue-black inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Lamy AL-star Pacific Blue with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a lovely wet flow.

Overall, I love this ink, and use it often. I love the color, shading, wet flow, and quick dry time. Since I only have the small 15 ml bottle, I’ll buy a full-size bottle when it’s gone.

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

Super Sheeny Blues

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It’s time to share an unpopular opinion: I don’t like super sheeny inks. (Yes, I’m now ducking for cover!) Why you ask? If you look at these inks they look great right? Deep blues with lots of sheen. Pretty, interesting, fun. This page has been dry for five days so most people would say it’s completely dry. However, as soon as I run my hand across the page, as I often do when referring to past notes, this happens:

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The horror! All the pretty sheen smears across the page. I’m not even using water or anything-just my bare hand. For my general use writing I try to stick to inks that won’t smear if I touch them later. All of the monster sheening blues smear at least a little, and even some of the high sheening ones smear too (this article on sheen explains the difference between high and monster sheen). Out of the monster sheeny blues in general use I have found Diamine Maureen to be the least smeary. When I want a sheeny blue I usually reach for: Monteverde Sapphire, Akkerman Shocking Blue or Blackstone Barrier Reef Blue, all of which are pretty smear-proof. Am I the only one that feels this way? How do you feel about super sheeny inks?

Ink Review #849: Robert Oster Astorquiza Olive

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Robert Oster Astorquiza Olive is a Bauer Inks exclusive. They had a table at the SF Pen Show, and when I saw some art that had been done with this ink I knew I had to give it a try.

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The color:

Astorquiza Olive is dark, and somewhere between brown and green. I think it leans just a bit more toward green, but it can go either way depending on the lighting.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink more green and matte than on the Col-o-ring paper.

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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: 10 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was a little bit of feathering in the flex nib on Leuchtturm paper.

Show through: Medium

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

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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Astorquiza Olive has a lot more brown in it than other olive inks. to Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, and click here to see the green inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Kaweco Al-sport Rose Gold with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a dry flow. You can see in the last paragraph where I primed the feed a bit since it was so dry.

Overall, I don’t love this ink as much as I thought I would. The color is interesting and it dries quickly, but the flow is a bit dry for me.

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 #848: Monteverde DC Supershow Teal

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The YAFA table at the 2019 SF Pen Show got most of my money. They are the US distributor for Monteverde and they had a great show price on their inks this year. One ink I picked is Monteverde 2019 DC Supershow Teal. It debuted at the 2019 DC Pen Show in August, and is now part of the standard line. You can find this ink for sale at Goulet Pens.

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The color:

DC Supershow Teal is a beautiful medium teal with shading.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink appears a bit less green with the tiniest hint of pink sheen around the edges. It’s almost nonexistent 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: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was a little bit of feathering in the flex nib on Leuchtturm paper.

Show through: Medium

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

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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DC Supershow Teal is closest to Robert Oster Marine, but Supershow Teal has a much wetter flow than Marine does and Marine has more sheen. Click here to see the Monteverde Inks together, and click here to see the teal inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pelikan M600 Turquoise with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an wet flow.

Overall, this ink was an insta-buy for me when I saw it. I love the flow of Monteverde Inks, they perform well and I love teal, so it’s a win for me! At a show price of $5 per bottle, I couldn’t pass it up and I don’t regret it!

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 #847: Papier Plume Marina Green

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Papier Plume Marina Green was released at the 2019 San Francisco Pen Show. I picked up a bottle at the Papier Plume table but they still have some in stock on their website and Vanness Pens has some in stock as well. I like the Papier Plume bottles but I dislike the wax seals on top. The idea is great but sometimes the wax drips down too far and then it’s hard to get the bottle open. This bottle I had to cut a bunch of wax off before I could get the bottle open.

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The color:

Marina Green is a bright medium green with some shading. I would almost call it a lime green on this Col-o-ring paper.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink looks darker and more matte.

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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 still might be able to read what was written.

Feathering: Low-there was a little bit of feathering in the flex nib on Leuchtturm paper.

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

Comparison Swabs:

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I think the closest ink I have is Robert Oster Green Green. Click here to see the Papier Plume inks together, and click here to see the green inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Transparent Green with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s a bright fun green. It would be a great ink to use in the late spring and summer.

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.