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.

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 #858: Robert Oster Sydney Darling Harbour

Ink Review #858: Robert Oster Sydney Darling Harbour

Robert Oster Sydney Darling Harbour was the show ink for the 2019 Sydney International Pen Show. I saw some photos of the color online (I should stay away from Robert Oster’s Instagram-he only makes me drool over ink I can’t always get) and was so jealous that I wouldn’t be at the show to pickup a bottle, but Lisa Vanness to the rescue! Thanks to Vanness Pens for providing this ink for review.

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Ink Review #855: Blackstone Lemur Lime

Ink Review #855: Blackstone Lemur Lime

I enjoy supporting lots of fountain pen retailers, one of which is Lemur Ink. They offer free shipping over $20 and have a variety of products-I usually order my TWSBI pens from them. When I went to the San Francisco Pen Show this year, I got to meet John, the owner of Lemur Ink, and pick up a bottle of their exclusive Blackstone ink, Lemur Lime.

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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.

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.