TWSBI 1791 Inks

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TWSBI has been around for a while as a pen brand, but they recently branched out into inks as well. Their first inks are a set of 6, which can be purchased together or individually. I purchased my set of inks from Lemur Ink.

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The inks come in a nice box, but it’s made of cardboard and it needs the paper band to keep it closed.

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The bottles are 18ml glass with red plastic lids.

Swabs:

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Left to right: Pink, Orange, Prairie Green, Emerald Green, Sky Blue, Royal Purple.

Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Water resistance: Low

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

Show through: Medium

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

Other properties: low shadingno sheen, and no shimmer.

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.

Comparison Swabs:

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Pink is similar to both Sailor Ink Studios 130 and Sailor Jentle Sakura-Mori. Orange is close to Diamine Sunset. Prairie Green is darker than Diamine Jade Green but warmer than Monteverde Key Lime Pie. Emerald Green is cooler than Colorverse Arabella but warmer than Diamine Cool Green. Sky Blue is similar to Taccia Sora Sky Blue. Royal Purple is similar to Taccia Murasaki Purple.

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I used a Lochby Lined Blank A5 notebook (Tomoe River 68gsm). All of the inks had a wetter than average flow, almost a bit thin.

Overall, I enjoyed these inks. The ink is a bit thin, which makes it flow a bit wet, but I prefer wet inks anyway. The colors are nice, but Pink is light, too light in the smaller nibs. I would reserve Pink for broad nibs, but the others are dark enough for all nib sizes.

Disclaimer: I purchased these inks myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #885: Berlin Notebook Blue No. 1

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Berlin Notebook Blue No. 1 was designed by painter Viktor Walter. This ink is hand made in Germany and designed to work on recycled and copy papers. This ink is available in both a standard 30ml bottle and a small 5ml travel bottle. Thanks to Berlin Notebook for sending the ink over for review.

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The color:

Blue No. 1 is a bright saturated blue with some dark red sheen.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink shows off its pretty 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: Medium-high-there was feathering in every nib size on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Medium-there was bleeding in every nib size on Leuchtturm and most nib sizes on Rhodia.

Other properties: medium shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in every nib size.

Comparison Swabs:

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Blue No. 1 is similar to Monteverde Ocean Noir. Click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer writing:

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I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue on a Lochby A5 Lined Refill-Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wetter than average flow.

Overall, while I love the color of this ink, there’s a bit more feathering and bleeding than I prefer. It dries fast which is great, but is also rather smeary and smudgy. This paper performs the best on Tomoe River paper (as most inks do). Second best on the cheapest copy paper, but there is still a little feathering and bleeding. It feathers and bleeds on Leuchtturm and Rhodia in almost every pen and nib size I tried it in.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Berlin Notebook 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.

Monteverde Sweet Life Inks, Part 2

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Earlier this week I reviewed the first half of Monteverde’s new Sweet Life collection. You can find the Sweet Life set for sale at most US retailers including Goulet Pens. I decided to break the collection down into two sets for this review, today we are going to cover the second half: Key Lime Pie, Iced Cookie, Blue Velvet Cake, Blueberry Muffin, and Birthday Cake.

Swabs:

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Left to right: Key Lime Pie, Iced Cookie, Blue Velvet Cake, Blueberry Muffin and Birthday Cake.

Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Leuchtturm and Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

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

Other properties: low to medium shadingno to medium sheen, and no shimmer. Out of the set only Blue Velvet Cake shows any sheen.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in every nib size as well as a lot of bleeding, so I would not recommend these inks for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

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Key Lime Pie is warmer than Robert Oster Light Green, but cooler than Diamine Jade Green. Iced Cookie is similar to Lamy Amazonite. Blue Velvet Cake is similar to J Herbin Bleu Des Profondeurs. Blueberry Muffin is a little bit darker than Platinum Lavender Black. Birthday Cake is warmer than Monteverde Charoite but cooler than Monteverde Amethyst. Click here to see the Monteverde Inks together.

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I used a Lochby Lined Refill A5 notebook (Tomoe River 68gsm). All of the inks had a wetter than average flow.

I used a Lochby Lined Refill A5 notebook (Tomoe River 68gsm). All of the inks had a wetter than average flow.

Overall, I love all five of these inks. They go well together, are generally well behaved, and have a nice wet flow. I love these colors together, and have been using them daily for the last week. Definitely worth a try!

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #869: Diamine Jalur Gemilang

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Yesterday I reviewed Diamine A Night in Jodhpur, so today we are looking at another similar ink, Diamine Jalur Gemilang. This ink was created exclusively for Pen Gallery in Malaysia, to celebrate the Malaysian flag. A sample of this ink was provided by a pen friend for this review.

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The color:

Jalur Gemilang is a bright medium blue. It’s almost a smurf blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has plenty of dark pink 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: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

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: medium shading, high 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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Jalur Gemilang is just a tiny bit lighter than Diamine A Night in Jodhpur. It’s hard to see the difference between the swabs. Click here to see the Diamine inks together.

Longer writing:

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I used a medium Lamy Safari Petrol on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a slightly wet but sticky flow.

Overall, it’s just a tiny bit lighter than Diamine A Night in Jodhpur. It can be smeared a little bit on Tomoe River paper if you aren’t careful. This ink is very hard to clean out of pens completely. I cleaned the pens as usual then had to run them through the ultrasonic cleaner five times before I felt like the pens were actually clean and didn’t see any more blue. As inks go it’s a bit high maintenance for me-hard to clean out, can smear, very hard to get in the United States, but it is a pretty color.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a pen friend 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 #868: Diamine A Night In Jodhpur

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Diamine has been creating a ton of sheeny inks lately, let’s take a look at Diamine A Night in Jodhpur, a Papier and Stift store exclusive. When I attended my local Pelikan Hub recently a pen friend handed me a sample so I could try it out.

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The color:

A Night in Jodhpur is a medium blue with a green undertone. It’s not quite a teal but has more green than a classic blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has plenty of dark pink 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: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

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: medium shading, high 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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A Night in Jodhpur is just slightly (by slightly I mean almost indistinguishably close) darker than Diamine Jalur Gemilang. It has more green in it than Diamine Skull and Roses and Diamine Maureen. Click here to see the Diamine inks together.

Longer writing:

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

Overall, it has less sheen than some of the other Diamine store exclusives, but there’s still plenty of sheen. There is just a little bit of smearing if you run your hand across the page, but not as bad as some other popular sheening inks. Otherwise it’s pretty well behaved and a nice color.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a pen friend 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 #867: Caran D'Ache Idyllic Blue

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Today’s ink is Caran D’Ache Idyllic Blue. I’ve only tried one Caran D’Ache ink so far, so I’m excited to try another. Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Idyllic Blue is a gorgeous medium Cornflower Blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has a little bit of dark 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: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, low sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in most nib sizes and a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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Idyllic Blue is a bit lighter and less saturated than Monteverde Confidence. It’s warmer in tone than Robert Oster Grey Seas and less saturated than Sailor Ink Studio 443. Click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Transparent Blue with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly wetter than average flow.

Overall, I really enjoyed this ink. It’s just slightly wetter than average, it has some pretty shading and it’s a gorgeous color. I’m adding a full bottle to my wish list!

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by Vanness 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 #861: Krishna Winter

Ink Review #861: Krishna Winter

Krishna Winter V-3 is the third and latest version of the Winter ink. I’ve been curious about this ink for a while, but was unsure about trying it because there are so many different versions. This version of Winter is a little bit darker, and has less sheen than Krishna Moonview. Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a bottle over for review.

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