This Week’s Ink – Oct. 21, 2012

Photo of this week's pen
The pens in this week’s daily carry.

It’s Sunday, that means picking and inking pens for the week ahead. Well that’s the theory, but it’s the same pens this week as the last two weeks.

Actually, the Stipula went dry and I haven’t refilled or replaced it.

The Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black also went dry. I refilled it with a Sailor black ink cartridge. The Scribal Workshop Kraken Black ink was finicky. I wanted to like it but it was too temperamental. The ink change helped me eliminate the pen as the cause. I went with the ink cartridge because I needed an empty cartridge and I hate to waste ink. I want the cartridge because my ear syringe doesn’t make a good seal for flushing the pen.

This Week’s Ink – Oct. 21, 2012

Photo of this week's pen
The pens in this week’s daily carry.

It’s Sunday, that means picking and inking pens for the week ahead. Same pens this week as last week.

The New Dunn Penn got a refill of Apache Sunset. I broke my rule about rotating the pen out when it went dry. I really like that ink and the way it looks in the pen so I couldn’t help refilling it. This pen & ink is the main reason nothing else went dry from last week.

October Ink Drop

I finally got around to opening this month’s ink drop from Goulet Pens. This  month all five inks where from a new boutique brand called Scribal Work Shop. It’s their Cryptid line of Fountain pen inks

The ink names have a mythical theme. A Cryptid is a creature who’s existence is suggested but unproven. The inks are named after such creatures. The five inks are:

  • Kraken Black
  • Zhulong Red
  • Siren Blue
  • Leviathan Green
  • Nessie Purple

I’ve used two of the inks so far. I’m using Kraken Black in a stub nib to write the draft of this article. I also inked up a fine nib with the ink. The second ink is Leviathan Green. I used that in a Lamy Safari and used an extra fine, fine and medium nib.

The colors are pretty basic but very pleasing. I’ve liked the online samples I’ve seen along with the swabs I’ve done. Although the ink can be considerably different than swabs and digital reproductions.

The two inks I’ve tried are true to the nib width. This means the Leviathan Green was too light on Rhodia Dotpad 80g white paper using my normal, light writing pressure with an extra fine nib. The fine nib was also light but at least it was readable with normal writing pressure.

Goulet Pens reported some mold in their Zhulong Red ink after the ink drop had been sent out. My own sample seems fine.

I like the concept of these boutique inks and I especially like the black ink. At $8 for a 60ml bottle its hard to beat. Still, these are basic colors and I already have too many unopened bottle and samples waiting to be used. I’d like to show my support by adding some Cryptid ink but I’m undecided as to whether or not to buy any. The black is certainly an ink I’d use. The green hasn’t really appealed to be so far, maybe with more use.

This Week’s Ink – Oct. 7, 2012

Photo of this week's pen
The pens in this week’s daily carry.

It’s Sunday, that means picking and inking pens for the week ahead. A lot of turnover this weej since I decided not to refill a pen when it went dry, no matter how much I like writing with it.

So this week’s pens are:

  1. Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver with a medium nib and J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite ink.
  2. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a medium italic nib and Waterman blue-black ink.
  3. Stipula Model T with Montblanc Bordeaux ink. It’s the pen I’m using to write the draft of this article.
  4. Gate City New Dunn with a medium nib and Noodler’s Apache Sunset. This is the “Tattler” version and I think the Apache Sunset ink looks cool in it.
  5. Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a fine nib and Scribal Work Shop Kraken Black ink. This is a new ink, so also new to me.
  6. Bexley Imperial with a fine nib and J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink. Finally an ebonite pen back in the rotation.
  7. Franklin-Christoph Model 29 with a fine nib a J. Herbin Lie De The ink. This is my pocket pen for the week.While not as easy to “uncap” as the Vanishing Point, the magnetic cap does make it easy to open and start writing.

Five pens from last week were returned to the pen case. The F-C Model 66 was benched so that other pens would have a chance. I would use it almost exclusively when I was home.

I finally used up all the purple ink in the Caran d Ache Ivanhoe. I like the pen, but it’s a little thin for my tastes and not suited for long writing sessions. But the nib puts down a nice thin line when small lettering is necessary.

The Conway Stewart Marlborough Vintage is a lever filler with a small ink supply, so it never lasts very long. The pen had some feed problems but I’m hoping the last minor adjustment cleared thing up. It’ll be back soon.

The Franklin-Christoph Model 25 was replaced because it was the first F-C to go dry and I was a little Franklin-Christoph heavy. But it will hard to keep it’s stub nib un-inked.

Finally, the Pilot Vanishing Point was benched despite it’s suitability as a pocket pen. It’s a little strange to not be carrying a Vanishing Point.

I have too many pens so I have to get used to swapping out pens I like if I want to be able to use all my pens. I do tell myself I’ll only accumulate pens that I will use.

Ink Notes: Montblanc Bordeaux

Photo of a bottle of Montblanc Bordeaux ink
Montblanc Bordeaux Ink

Montblanc Bordeaux has been a long time favorite of mine. Part of this may be that it was one of the first non-blue or black inks that I tried and really liked. Unfortunately it’s no longer made. Fortunately I still have 2 1/2 bottles.

I’ve never had any flow problems with the ink. Although, in a few pens it’s been dry. Not dry enough to cause skipping or other problems, but it seemed to struggle to keep up. It’s got OK saturation but isn’t a bright ink and it tends to fade a bit over time.

I can’t really compare it to other inks. It was my first bordeaux and I didn’t bother looking at similar inks. I did stop using it for awhile. No particular reason, it just stopped finding its way into my pens. But I pulled out the bottle a couple months ago and have been using it since.

The major drawback to the ink is that it fades over time. In some cases it gives the writing a nice antique look. But if I pull out some of my older writings they are outright faded.

Overall, I still like the ink and I’m glad I re-discovered it.