Review: Pilot Blue Black

Pilot Blue Black is one of the few standard inks that Pilot makes, other than the higher end Iroshizuku series of course. Pilot Blue Black like most inks named that way is more a grey blue than a black blue. Regardless, it shades well and has a red sheen on the right paper. Pilot Blue Black is affordable, widely available and well known. It’s a great workhorse ink. This is why it has become my ink of choice as a standard review ink for my pens.

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Posted on April 17, 2016 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Sailor Jentle Apricot

This is a discontinued Sailor ink. It’s a much sought after ink. I only came to have a bottle of this ink because a friend sold me a bottle. This is a great orange ink. It pops and shades very well. Why would Sailor discontinue such a wonderful ink is beyond my understanding. Noodler’s Apache Sunset would be a close match. I’m really sad I only have the one bottle. I would have to use it sparingly.

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Posted on April 10, 2016 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Pelikan Twist

The Numbers:
Weight: 19g
Length (capped): 139mm
Length (uncapped): 133mm
Body Material: Plastic and rubber
Nib Material: Stainless steel
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge and converter

Intro:
I’ve received the Pelikan Twist as a gift from a friend who had travelled to Germany. This wasn’t my first experience with the Pelikan Twist. A friend had liken it as a poor man’s Nakaya Dorsal Fin. I guess I can see the resemblance there but the price point are at different ends of the spectrums.

The Pelikan Twist is a beginner’s first fountain pen, that’s lightweight and durable. It is made of brightly coloured plastic with a moulded triangular grip. However, this cartridge converter pen is only available in either a F or M steel nib.

Performance:
My Pelikan Twist has a bright orange body with a sky blue rubber grip. The entire body of the pen is triangular, that is slightly twisted. The 3 lines of the triangular body do not travel in a straight line from the top to the bottom of the pen. Instead it twists, hence the name of the pen.

The cap pops on and off easily with a click. The cap can be posted at the end of the barrel but don’t expect it to stay there. It is only loosely secure there at best. The rubber grip is smooth and nice to the touch. However the moulded grip is extremely opinionated. It insists loudly that there is only one right way to hold the pen. You either have to conform or suffer trying to shoehorn the pen to your own writing style. The triangular grip on the Lamy Safari is way easier to handle in comparison. I do not write with the traditional tripod grip and the grip section bothered me greatly. I wrestled with it everything I write. In the end, I was able to write with it but I was constantly rolling the nib inwardly as a result.

The Pelikan Twist is a cartridge converter. Pelikan uses the standard international cartridge and converter size. There is no shortage of standard international sized ink cartridges. When I had initially unscrewed the barrel I had hard time getting the facets to line up. Turns out, you have to twist the barrel close. You will feel it click into place when you finally get the barrel closed.

The Pelikan Twist came with a medium steel nib. It is a smooth writer but it is very much a wet nib. As a lefty, it is usable only if I fill it with a dry ink like Pelikan or Graf von Faber-Castell inks.

Conclusion:
I enjoy the bright colour and the smooth nib that the Pelikan Twist has but I could really do without the harsh moulded grip. This is an interesting choice as a beginner fountain pen. If I had to learn how to grip a pen again, I might choose to do it with the Pelikan Twist. At least, I would be forced to do it correctly.

Pros:

  • Bright colours
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Harsh moulded grip
Posted on May 20, 2016 and filed under Fountain Pen, review.

Review: Chelpark Crimson Violet

Chelpark is one of the oldest fountain pen ink manufacturer in India. It started out as a subsidiary of Parker Pen but Parker have since withdrawn from the company. I can’t find much information about the company online. Chelpark is no longer making making any fountain pens and inks. My thanks to my good friend who donated a bottle of Chelpark Crimson Violet to me.

Chelpark Crimson Violet is quite similar to another Indian fountain pen ink by Bril but there are differences. Chelpark Crimson Violet is a bright ink that pops. It has a moderate flow and it works well in my Pilot Metropolitan. It also has a distinctive scent that I’m beginning to associate with Indian made fountain pen inks.

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Posted on May 17, 2016 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Wahl Eversharp Everberry

This is a free bottle of ink I got from a pen meet last year. The ink came in a bottle that really reminded me of a bottle of jam. Especially when you see the colour of deep blue in the bottle. It looks just like blue berry jam. This is my first experience with a Wahl Eversharp ink.

Everberry is a blue verging on purple ink. It’s medium flow ink, not too wet, not too dry. It shades from a light lavender purple to a dark plum / blue colour. It’s hard to put a finger if this a blue or a purple ink. It’s one of those in between ink colour. It has been a great first experience!

To pay it forward, I am giving away this bottle of ink. All you have to do is leave a joke or comment below. This giveaway ends on 16th May midnight Singapore time. The winner will be announced the following day. This giveaway is open to all residing in Singapore.

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Posted on May 13, 2016 and filed under review, Ink.