Copy Paper Conundrum

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I'm a full time college student, and as such, I go through a lot of paper. I print a lot of material for school, but get frustrated when I can't use fountain pens to take notes with. I always hear from people that copy paper is awful for fountain pens, and have experienced that myself, but some people say this brand is good or that brand is good, so I set out to find out for myself. 

I gathered up Rhodia paper, and 8 different types of copy paper. To prep the paper, I printed a dot grid on each page to help keep my writing consistent. I used this square dots pdf generator to make my dot grid. 

I used a bunch of different fountain pens and inks. I used a lot of sparkle inks because they tend to bleed through Rhodia more than other inks do.

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Any paper that I use needs to handle highlighters, markers, gel pens, and pencils as well as fountain pens, so I tested all of the papers with these as well.

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Color variation:

One thing I want to point out is that some inks are very paper dependent. Even if you use the same ink and pen, the color does vary by paper. 

If we are going to compare anything, we need to have a control group. Rhodia paper pads are really considered to be the standard among fountain pen reviewers. I always hear about Rhodia being the most fountain pen friendly paper, so let's take a look at Rhodia paper first. The goal is to find a copy paper that does as well or better than Rhodia. 

I used a Rhodia No. 18 Notepad, in Graph, (8.27 x 11.69) which is the closest size I could find to copy paper. You can get a 80 page notepad at Goulet Pens for $9.00, which means it costs $0.11 per sheet. It is 80 gsm, in extra white.

Feathering: None

Bleeding: Low-two of the flex nibs

Dry time: 40 seconds

Sheen: None

The only problem with the other writing instruments was bleeding from the sharpie. So now that we know how Rhodia behaves, and that it's our control group, let's look at the worst copy paper. 

Wow Office Works copy paper is a generic brand paper I found at my grocery store. It was on sale for $3.49/500 sheets, making it less than a penny per sheet. It is 20lb in weight and 92 brightness. It is the cheapest paper I could find, and therefore had really low expectations. 

Feathering: High-pretty much every ink feathered at least a little bit. 

Bleeding: High-every single one bled through

Dry time: 5 seconds

Sheen: None

The sharpie bled through, and there was a little bit of bleeding with the Koi brush as well. This is the worst paper you can find for fountain pens-this is the paper we want to avoid. Let's move on to the challenging papers.

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Sustainable Earth:

This paper is made by Staples. You can find the paper here at staples.com

The paper is $9.79/500 sheets, which breaks down to $0.02 per sheet. The paper has 92 brightness, and is 20lb (75 gsm). It is made from 95% sugar cane, which I had never seen in copy paper before. 

Feathering: None

Bleeding: None

Dry time: 40 seconds

Sheen: None

Only the Sharpie bled. This paper has less bleeding than Rhodia, has the same dry time, and costs less, so I think this one is in the running.

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Step ForwardPaper:

This paper is only sold online by Staples. You can find it at here at staples.com.

Mike from inkdependence.com recommended this paper to me. This paper is $10.29/ream of 500 sheets, which breaks down to $0.02 per sheet. It has a 92 brightness and is 21 lb (80 gsm). The paper is made from wheat straw waste, and is 80% tree free. The hard part about this paper is that it's only sold online, not in stores. 

Feathering: None

Bleeding: None

Dry time: 30 seconds

Sheen: Medium-there is some sheen from Emerald of Chivor at the top, and a little bit of sheen in the swab of Sailor Jentle Sky High at the bottom. 

The only bleeding was from the sharpie. I am in love with this paper. It behaves pretty perfectly-it has a nice low tooth without being scratchy. I love that you can see some sheen, and it has a faster dry time and is cheaper than Rhodia, so it's in the running as well.

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Staples Multipurpose Paper:

You can find this paper here at staples.com.

This paper cost $13.49/ream of 500 sheets, making it $0.03 per sheet. It has a 95 brightness and is 24 lb (90 gsm). It is 100% recycled. 

Feathering: Medium-half of the inks feathered

Bleeding: High-every ink bled at least a little 

Dry time: 10 seconds

Sheen: None

Just like all of the papers so far, the sharpie bled, but none of the others did on the second page. I don't like this paper. It is cheaper than Rhodia, but it bleeds and feathers too much to be in the running. Kicking this one to the curb. 

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HP Laserjet24:

This paper can be found at most big box stores, and on amazon.com

This paper was recommended to me by a lot of people, that I should get HP laserjet paper in anything over 24 lb. This paper has a 98 brightness and is 24 lb (90 gsm). You can get this paper for $5.94/500 sheets on amazon.com, making it $0.01 per sheet. 

Feathering: Medium

Bleeding: Medium

Dry time: 10 seconds

Sheen: None

Like all of the papers, the sharpie bled through on the second page. This paper had more feathering and bleeding than Rhodia, so it is out of the running.

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HP Laserjet28

This paper can be found on amazon.com, but is no longer being produced as far as I know.

I paid $10.71/ream of 500 sheets, making it $0.02 per sheet. The paper has a 98 brightness and is 28 lb (105 gsm). This paper is harder to find now that it's not being mass produced, but I still wanted to test it since it's still available in some stores.

Feathering: Low-only the flex pens feathered.

Bleeding: Low-only the flex pens bled

Dry time: 20 seconds

Sheen: Low-there's a tiny bit of sheen in the large swab and in Emerald of Chivor.

The sharpie bled, but everything else on the second page did well. This paper did ok, but had more bleeding and feathering than Rhodia, so it is out of the running as well. 

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Staples Color Laser Paper:

This paper is only sold here at staples.com

This paper is $13.97/ream of 300 sheets, which breaks down to $0.05 per sheet. It has a glossy finish, brightness of 96, and is 32 lb (120 gsm).

Feathering: High-not only does it feather, but it also spreads across the page since the finish is so glossy.

Bleeding: High-every ink bled at least a little bit.

Dry time: 20

Sheen: None

This is the only paper that the sharpie didn't bleed through, but it was horrible for the pencils. I hate this paper. The ink spreads out so much, I would never use this paper for fountain pens. I might use it to print pictures on, but that would be the only use for it. Out of the running.

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HP Laserjet32

This paper can be found at amazon.com and at office supply stores.

I purchased this paper at amazon for $12.84/ream of 500 sheets, which breaks down to $0.03 per sheet. The paper has a brightness of 100, and is 32 lb (120 gsm).

Feathering: None

Bleeding: None

Dry time: 30 seconds

Sheen: Low-both Emerald of Chivor and the swab of Sailor Jentle Sky High at the bottom showed some sheen.

The sharpie bled through, but that happened with most of the papers. This paper had less bleeding than Rhodia, is cheaper, and dried faster. So it's in the running. 

So now that we've tested all of the papers, where did we end up? Papers still in the running:

Sustainable Earth 20 lb paper: Behaves great-40 second dry time, no sheen (This paper performs well, but I wasn't crazy about the feel of it as I was writing).

Step Forward 21 lb paper: Behaves great-30 second dry time, medium sheen

HP Laserjet 32 lb paper: Behaves great-30 second dry time, low sheen

So what would I recommend?

If you prefer Rhodia as your standard paper, I would recommend the HP Laserjet 32 lb paper: It behaves very similar to Rhodia, but is a whole lot cheaper, dries faster, and even shows a little bit of sheen. 

If you prefer Leuchtturm or Tomoe River as your fountain pen friendly paper, I would recommend the Step Forward 21 lb paper from Staples. It behaves better than Rhodia, and shows sheen as well. This one is my personal favorite. 

Disclaimer: I purchased these products myself, all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #150: Diamine Caramel Sparkle

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Today's ink is Diamine Caramel Sparkle, from the 2016 Diamine Shimmertastic collection. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens

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The color...

Caramel Sparkle is an orange-brown with gold shimmer.

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I think the gold shimmer goes really well with this ink color. It surprised me how much I liked it. 

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For this review, I used 4 Lamy Al-star/Safari's and a Waterman's Ideal 52 1/2 flex nib. 

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen, and gold shimmer

On 32 pound copy paper, the ink did really well, just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre, Diamine Caramel Sparkle, and Diamine Cocoa Shimmer. Click here to see the Diamine inks together. 

Diamine Ancient Copper, Diamine Autumn Oak, and Diamine Golden Brown. Click here to see the brown inks together. I think Autumn Oak might be the closest non-shimmer ink. It's a bit more orange, but it's the closest swab I have. 

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Longer writing:

I used an extra-fine Lamy Al-Star on Tomoe River paper. I didn't have any flow issues. It had an average flow. 

Overall, I love this ink, which really surprised me. I think it's just the way the color looks with the gold shimmer in the flex nib. It shows average behavior, I just really love the color for fall-it's beautiful. I need a full bottle of this one, I know fall is pretty much over, but I need a bottle for next fall-just thinking ahead. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #149: Diamine Purple Pazzazz

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Diamine Purple Pazzazz is one of the original 10 Shimmertastic inks that came out in 2015. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens

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The color:

Purple Pazzazz is a medium purple with gold shimmer. 

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I can never get all the shimmer to show up in photos and scans. On the edges of the swab you can see the little bit of gold sheen. 

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The shimmer inks look so nice in ink drops. 

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium-high

Bleeding: Low-there is a little bit of bleeding on all of the papers with the flex nib, but did well in the other nib sizes. Tomoe River had the worst bleeding with the flex nib. 

Other properties: Low shading, a tiny bit of gold sheen (only in large swabs on Tomoe River paper), and gold shimmer. 

On 32 pound copy paper, there is just a little bit of bleeding and some feathering, mainly in the flex nib.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): J. Herbin 1789 Amethyste de L'Oural, Diamine Purple Pazzazz, and Diamine Purple Dream. Amethyste de L'Oural is a little bit cooler in tone with silver shimmer, while Purple Pazzazz is just a touch warmer and has gold shimmer. Click here to see the Diamine inks together. 

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Longer writing:

I used a Pilot Vanishing Point, broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow, I didn't have any problems with the shimmer. 

Overall, I think it's a nice ink, but I prefer J. Herbin 1798 Amethyste de L'Oural just because I prefer silver shimmer over gold. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #148: Diamine Cocoa Shimmer

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Today's ink is Diamine Cocoa Shimmer, from the Diamine Shimmertastic 2016 collection. I purchased my sample from Vanness Pens.  

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The color:

Cocoa Shimmer is a warm brown with lots of gold shimmer. I think the color is great for fall/Thanksgiving time.

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If you look closely around the edges of the drops, there is some dark brown sheen in there, which totally surprised me. 

Dry time: 32 seconds

Water resistance: Medium, a lot of the ink washed away but you would probably still be able to figure out what it said. 

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-only in the flex nib on Tomoe River paper.

Other properties: Low shading, low dark brown sheen (you can only see it in flex writing on Tomoe River paper and large swabs), and gold shimmer. 

On 32 pound copy paper, there were two tiny spots of bleeding, but other than that the ink behaved perfectly. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre, Diamine Cocoa Shimmer, and Robert Oster Golden Brown. Caroube de Chypre is a bit more red-brown, while Cocoa Shimmer is a bit more of a straight warm brown. Click here to see the Diamine inks together. 

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Longer writing:

I used a Waterman's Ideal 52 1/2 with a #2 flex nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink felt a bit dry in this pen. It would do well for a line or two and then get really dry, so I would prime the feed a bit, and then it would write great again, so I wouldn't use this ink in a flex nib again. In the other nib sizes the ink had an average flow.

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Let me address pen choice here: I don't shy away from putting shimmer inks in vintage pens. Why? Because I clean out my pens within 24 hours of inking them. I review a different ink pretty much every day, so the ink doesn't sit in the pen long, and I am religious about cleaning my pens well. I think pens are meant to be used, and used often. 

Overall, the ink is a nice color, and it looks great with the gold shimmer, but it did have a little bit of trouble keeping up with the flex pen, so if I wanted a brown shimmer ink in a flex pen, I would use J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre. If I wanted it in a broad or medium nib, I might use this one instead.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #147: Diamine Golden Sands

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Today's ink is Diamine Golden Sands, from the 2015 Shimmertastic collection. The holidays are coming up, which means it's shimmer season. 

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The color:

Golden Sands is a yellow with gold shimmer. 

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In large swabs, the ink looks like a sheet of gold shimmer, it's beautiful.

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Dry time: 50 seconds, which is a very long dry time.

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding-Low, there was only bleeding in the flex nib on Tomoe River paper.

Other properties: Low shading, there could be more if it wasn't hidden under the shimmer. No sheen, and gold shimmer.

On 32 pound copy paper, there was a little bit of feathering, mainly in the flex nib, but other than that it behaved well. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Gold Antiqua, Diamine Golden Sands, and Robert Oster Yellow Sunset. Gold Antiqua is a cooler gold tone, while Golden Sands is a warmer gold. Click here to see the yellow inks together, and click here to see the Diamine inks together. 

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Longer writing:

I used a Twsbi Diamond 580 AL with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. 

I did have a little bit of a flow issue with this one, it wasn't that ink wasn't coming out, it just felt a bit too thin. Every pen I tried it in felt overly scratchy, even the ones that usually feel smooth. I did find it helpful to have the ink in the Twsbi, just because it's a demonstrator, so I was able to see when the ink had begun to settle and needed some adjusting. I ended up rotating the pen about every four or five lines to keep the shimmer in suspension.

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Overall, the color is great, it's a nice warm gold, and would be a great fit for holiday cards. The flow of the ink was a bit of a problem for me, so it's not one that I would use often, but I would absolutely use it for the holidays, just because it's so pretty. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page. 

Ink Review #146 Diamine Red Lustre

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This month I've gotten more into shimmer inks, and testing out how they behave. Diamine Red Lustre is the first of the Diamine Shimmertastic inks I will be working on. Red Lustre is from the original set of 10 Shimmertastic inks that came out in 2015.

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The color...

Red Luster is a medium red with gold shimmer.

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In large swabs, you can see a lot of the gold shimmer.

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Dry time: 45 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen, and gold shimmer.

On 32 pound copy paper, the ink behaved pretty well, just a little bit of feathering and a few tiny spots of bleeding.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): De Atramentis Red Brown, Diamine Red Lustre, and Faber-Castell Garnet Red. Click here to see the Diamine inks together. 

Robert Oster Royal Red, Robert Oster Clay Red, and Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot. Click here to see the red inks together. 

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Longer writing: 

I used a medium Lamy Al-Star for the first paragraph, then switched to a Pelikan m400 with a vintage 400N nib. The flow felt average to me. 

I liked the ink the most in the flex nib. I think it would be a good ink for Christmastime, just because it's red and sparkly. 

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Overall, she shimmer makes the ink interesting, but I don't love the base red. It feels a little too unsaturated for me. It is well behaved though. I would probably only use this ink at Christmas, where red and sparkly fits well, and always in a flex nib. It might work well for Valentines Day cards as well. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #145: J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre

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I had a lot of fun playing with J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor yesterday, so I decided to stay on the 1670 train another day and play with J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre. I purchased my sample from Vanness Pens

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The color:

Caroube de Chypre is a red-brown with gold shimmer and bright green sheen.

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Holy green sheen batman! I had no idea this ink could sheen like this. 

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Dry time: 35 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-a lot of the ink washed away, but you would probably still be able to figure out what it said.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Low shading, medium green sheen, and gold shimmer. The shading showed up on all three papers, the sheen only showed up on Tomoe River, and the shimmer showed up on all three papers as well. Sheen can be a bit tricky, even if you keep the ink and the paper consistent, the nib can make a big difference. On Tomoe River, using a medium Vanishing Point, which has an average flow, I didn't notice sheen, but when I tried a medium Pelikan m800, which has a wetter flow, there was sheen. 

On 32 pound copy paper, the ink behaved really well, even showed a little bit of the shading, but didn't show any of the sheen. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Golden Brown, J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre, and Montegrappa Coffee Brown. Click here to see the J. Herbin inks together. 

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Longer writing:

I used a Pelikan m800 Brown Renaissance with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink is a little bit on the wet side, but not as wet as J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor.

I love this ink/pen/paper combo. The nib and the ink are both on the wetter side, so it shows some of the green sheen on the TR paper. The shimmer is not super consistent-the first line or two have more shimmer, and then there are spurts here and there, even if you frequently shake or turn the pen to keep the shimmer particles in suspension. 

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Overall, I like the ink a lot more than I though I would. I love it in the Pelikan m800. I think it's one that will be a great fun/art ink, but not one that I would use everyday-it's annoying to have to constantly rotate the pen to keep the shimmer flowing. Give it a try-you might love it.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #144: J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor

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J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor: when this ink came out two years ago, I was just starting to get into fountain pens, and was really clueless about ink. I bought a bottle from Goulet Pens because the pictures online looked so amazing, but at the time I didn't know much about paper, and I wasn't impressed with how it behaved on copy paper, so I put it in a drawer and just kind of forgot about it. Frankly, I was really disappointed since I couldn't get any of the red sheen to show up, and the shimmer never seemed to come out as I wrote. I pulled the bottle out of my ink cabinet today and decided to give it another shot now that I've learned more about paper and shimmer inks, so let's take a look at it. 

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The bottle:

The bottle is beautiful-nice and heavy glass, looks great, but the opening on top is so narrow it's hard to fit some pens in for filling.

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The color...

Emerald of Chivor is a beautiful teal with red sheen and gold shimmer.

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I had a really hard time getting all of the shimmer to show up in the images. There is more shimmer present in the swab than you can see in the image.

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Those are some amazing ink drops-just beautiful. 

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This is a bit of a tangent, but I use Pilot Vanishing Points to review inks, and I clicked on the EF Vanishing Point to write with it, and a whole mess of ink spit into my hand. I've never had that happen before, and I use this pen daily. I don't know why this happened, I've had it spit a drop or two before, but never this much.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-a lot of the ink washed away, but you could probably still figure out what the writing said.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: The ink bled through in the flex nib on every paper, but did fine in the other nib sizes, so I would say low bleeding. 

Other properties: Low shading, medium red sheen, and gold shimmer. You can see the little bit of shading on Rhodia, Leuchtturm, and Tomoe River. You can see the sheen just a little bit on Leuchtturm, quite a bit on TR, and not at all on Rhodia. The sheen really is paper dependent-don't use this ink on copy paper or Rhodia and expect sheen. The shimmer shows up on every paper.

On 32 pound copy paper, you can see plenty of the shimmer, but there is just a little bit of bleeding, mainly in the flex nib. None of the sheen shows up on this paper though. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Aqua, J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor, and Robert Oster Tranquility. Click here to see the J. Herbin inks together. Emerald of Chivor is a blue-green, not a green-blue, meaning that the blue is more dominant than the green, so I think Aqua is the closest color-it is more blue-green while Tranquility is more of a green-blue. 

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Longer writing:

I used a Pilot Vanishing Point, broad nib on Tomoe River paper. This ink is wet-really wet. The broad nib felt more like a double or triple broad with this ink. 

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The shimmer showed up the best in the first paragraph. I rotated the pen before writing to get the shimmer particles in suspension, but then didn't do it again until I was done writing the whole page. The longer I wrote, the less shimmer showed up. It was still present throughout the whole page, just not as much as in the beginning. If I really wanted the shimmer to show up as much as possible, I would rotate the pen after every paragraph to make sure the shimmer stayed suspended in the ink. 

Overall, this ink goes in the art/fun category for me. It's a bit persnickety, needing frequent shaking to keep the shimmer flowing, and it really looks best on Tomoe River paper. It's not one I would use everyday, but it's a ton of fun to play with. I love the color, sheen and shimmer, so I am glad I have a full bottle because I know I will use this ink now that I know how to use it properly, just not as a daily writer. I think the main thing to know about this ink before buying is that you need to manage your expectations-you aren't going to get a ton of sheen on every paper, and the shimmer may not always flow as well as it could. Give it a try, because when it does work well it's a beautiful ink.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #143: Diamine Ancient Copper

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Fall is coming to a close, but I'm not giving up on amazing brown inks. One brown I always hear about is Diamine Ancient Copper, so let's take it for a spin. I purchased my bottle of ink from Cult Pens

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The color...

Ancient Copper is a red brown with shading and dark brown sheen.

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I've heard a lot of people talk about this ink in the past, but no one ever talks about the sheen. On Tomoe River you can really see the dark brown sheen.

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Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib on Tomoe River paper and Leuchtturm paper.

Other properties: Medium shading, medium sheen (you can see the sheen in four nib sizes on Tomoe River, and in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm).

On 32 pound copy paper, the ink feathered just a tiny bit in the flex and broad nib, but did really well other than that. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Autumn Oak, Diamine Ancient Copper, and Diamine Espresso. Click here to see the Diamine inks together.

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Longer writing:

I used a Pelikan M400 White Tortoise with a vintage 400N nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink felt about average in flow, maybe just a tiny bit on the wet side. I love this ink/pen/paper combo. 

Overall, I really like this ink-it's a nice color, and has some nice shading and sheen. The ink is also really affordable, which I appreciate. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #142: PenBBS 137 Wisteria Sinensis

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I have one more PenBBS ink to try this week-137 Wisteria Sinensis. This sample was provided to me by Vanness Pens, the only retailer to carry PenBBS in the United States as far as I know. 

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The color...

Wisteria is kind of a light magenta, not quite pink, but a very light purple.

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You can see the tiniest little bit of sheen on the edges, it's very faint.

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Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Please ignore the torn edge-tore it by accident.

Feathering: None

Show through: Low-medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Medium shading, tiny bit of sheen (only in large swabs on Tomoe River paper)

On 32 pound copy paper there is just a little bit of feathering in the broad and flex nib.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS mobile): Sailor Jentle Fuji-musume, PenBBS 137 Wisteria Sinensis, and Robert Oster Australian Opal Mauve. Click here to see the PenBBS inks together. 

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Depending on the lighting, the ink can look a bit more purple or a bit more pink.

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Longer writing:

I used a broad Pilot Vanishing Point on Tomoe River paper. In the beginning, after I had freshly filled the pen, the ink flowed fine, but as I kept writing the ink seemed to be a bit drier than average.

Overall, the ink is a bit too light in writing, and a bit too dry for me. It's not a bad color, just not the most practical for everyday use.

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by Vanness Pens in exchange for an honest review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.