My new favorite inks are from Noodlers–I will admit that I resisted trying them for a while because I don’t like the bottles. Such a shallow snob, I know.
Anyway, I ordered a few ink samples from the Goulet Pen Company and included a sample of Noodlers Black Swan English Roses because I liked the name. I’m not a fan of writing with red ink because it has certain connotations for me, but I had to try it.
I LOVE THIS INK! It’s a beautiful brownish red that looks a bit like blood in certain kinds of light. It’s really pretty and so smooth. I’ve been filling my TWSBI Diamond 580 with it and it’s started to be my go-to. My other regular use pen – the TWSBI Mini is filled with Noodler’s Zhivago (but that’s a subject for another post), and I use them both almost exclusively these days.
I guess that the moral of this story is two-fold: Don’t judge an ink by its bottle, and Don’t knock it until you try it.
I have lately been salivating over the gorgeous color range available from Pilot and Levenger. I don’t like to write with plain blue or black –so boring! On the other hand, I don’t want everything I write to look like the i’s should be dotted with hearts and smiley faces. It’s a delicate balance. I love green ink, but it always seems too dry. I’ve written with Waterman Brown for years, but in the last couple of months I’ve had my eyes peeled for a nice grey. I don’t want it to be too light, but it shouldn’t be too dark, either.
I ordered a bottle of Levenger Greystoke–partly because of the color, but partly because of the name. Is this the color you’d write with if you were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa?
In the end I loved the way the ink performed in my pen — it’s nice and wet and is very smooth. It’s too dark, though. Almost black.
Next I ordered a bottle of the iroshizuku fuyu-syogun by Pilot. The only other color of that brand I had tried was a yellow-green bamboo color. It’s nice ink, but the color was too light and too yellow. Would the grey be the same?
In the end, the color was perfect. Decidedly grey, but dark enough to be professional. It feeds well in my pen and makes me very happy.
Now I’m looking for my next must-have color. Will it ever end?!
I love pens, and paper, and all the paraphernalia that goes with them. I’m particularly enamoured of fountain pens, and I’ve had quite a few in my time.
Lately I’ve become interested piston fill pens. I’ve purchased two that are considered good mid-price pens. The TWSBI Diamond 580 with a fine nib and the Lamy 2000, also with a fine nib. My picture below is a little confusing. The Lamy is the black pen and the TWSBI is the demonstrator.
I really love the TWSBI, but the Lamy 2000 skips a bit and doesn’t feed very well.
I have a large collection of bottled ink, but I’ve been enjoying the Pilot Nimiki Iroshizuku and Levenger brands.
I plan to write more here about my pen love in future. Stay tuned.