Today we are looking at August's Pen Parcel, aka the Birmingham Pen ink subscription. Every month five new, 5ml samples hit my mailbox.
In large swabs, the ink does take a very long time to dry. Both of the luster inks are packed with shimmer, and need to be shaken before use.
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: Low-there was just a bit of feathering on Rhodia and Leuchtturm, mainly in the flex nib.
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in every nib size as well as bleeding, so I would not recommend these inks for cheap paper.
Overall, I think these 5 inks go well together. The past few months' inks have been lots of dusky blues, purples and dark reds, so in the future I would like to see something a bit different color wise-maybe a vibrant orange would be a nice surprise. Out of this set, Stage Velvet Luster is my favorite, it had a good juicy flow and didn't clog the pen.
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