Review: Graf von Faber-Castell Olive Green

This is one of the newer Graf von Faber-Castell inks. Yellow-greens especially darker ones have always been my favourite range of colours. Olive Green is unsurprisingly totally my cup of tea. Filling it in a wet nib the Pilot Custom 823 Waverly nib is the best combination. How this ink shades! It goes from a dark almost black green when ink pools to a muted lemon grass green sort of green. I really enjoy this ink a lot. It writes a little on the dry side so pair this ink with a wet nib.

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Posted on June 22, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Elixir Siloso Sunset

Elixir Siloso Sunset is one of the limited edition inks sold exclusively at the SFPL Pen Show 2017. Siloso Sunset goes down with a bright vibrant reddish-orange but dries to a duller shade. It’s not really my kind of orange even though it’s vibrant. It pops and shades. Personally, it’s way too red to be one of my favourite orange but this is just personal preference. But on it’s own, Elixir Siloso Sunset is an interesting colour.

Posted on June 15, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Kobe Nunobiki Emerald Number 13

My thanks to the Desk Bandit for sending me the ink.

It’s a wonderfully vibrant, bright shading turquoise-mint ink. Nunobiki Emerald is firmly on the greener end of things. It’s lubricated and runs from a teal to a pale mint green. I must say this is a rather unique shade of green / turquoise. I highly recommend everyone who is interested in this ink to cheek it out. I’m really happy to discover Kobe Nunokibi Emerald.

Posted on June 8, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Kobe Tarumi Apricot Number 25

My thanks to the Desk Bandit for sending me the ink.

Kobe inks are usually sold exclusively in Japan but in recent years Kobe inks can be found sold at a number of online stores. Desk Bandit is one of them.

Tarumi Apricot is a bright orange that shades well going from a yellowish pale orange to a strong bright orange. It’s a good alternative to the fabled Sailor Apricot. I really enjoy this ink. It’s a well lubricated ink like many other Sailor inks.

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Posted on June 1, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Robert Oster Green Diamond

My thanks to Glenn for the ink sample.

Robert Oster Green Diamond is a solid green, bright and strong. It does shade. It shades best with the 1.1mm stub nib. Robert Oster Green Diamond reminds me of Montblanc Irish Green. The green just pops right off the page. Though it isn’t my kind of green ink but green ink lovers do check it out.

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Posted on May 25, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Pilot Custom 823 - Waverly Nib

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The Numbers:
Weight: 29g
Length (capped): 15.3cm
Length (uncapped): 13cm
Price: 30000 JPY from Tokyo Quill
Body Material: Plastic
Nib Material: 14K gold
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum
Colours: Clear, Amber and Smoke

Intro:
I’ve reviewed the Pilot Custom 823 in fine nib previously. This review is done exclusively for the Waverly nib version. It’s a fundamentally different nib and it provides a very different writing experience between the two.

My Pilot Custom 823 comes in a clear barrel with a Waverly nib. This particular combination is, as far as I can tell, exclusive to Tokyo Quill only. The waiting time for these pens can take months but it’s pretty obligation free. Just drop your name onto the waiting list, when it’s available the owner will drop you an email and a bill. If you’ve changed your mind about buying the pen, that’s fine. If you still want the pen, just pay and in two business days that pen will be in your hands.

Easy peasy.

Packaging:

The packaging isn’t anything spectacular. It’s the standard silver cardbox box on the exterior and the black plastic case inside. That’s ok though because the gem is the pen after all. Inside the plastic case, you will find the pen nestle safely between foam pieces. Buying from Tokyo Quill means you will get a paper crane and a Pilot Frixion pen with the shop name printed on the barrel.

Performance:

The cap, barrel and filling system is completely the same as any other Pilot Custom 823 pen. I went for the clear barrel because it’s always nice to see the ink sloshing around inside right?

Let’s get down to the business end of the pen - the nib.

Physically the nib looks like it has been dropped and oh no, it’s bent. But don’t worry, it’s meant to look that way. The nib shaped that way allows you can write in a variety of angles. The higher the angle you write, the thinner and less wet the nib will be. However, this doesn’t have the variety of a zoom / fude nib. It’s more like a European fine / medium kind of line width.

In general, I found the nib wet and smooth regardless of the direction and angle I pull or push the nib in. As a lefty, this nib is one of the best in terms of the smoothness. I personally really enjoyed this nib. It is totally useable for me despite the wetness of the nib. Of course the ink you fill the pen with plays a big part in the writing experience.

Pairing the wet, smooth nib with the ink capacity of the Pilot Custom 823 is a match made in heaven. My experience with my other Pilot Custom 823 with a fine nib was I barely was able to finish half the ink I fill it wait, with the WA version I was emptying my barrel so quickly.

Sure, the pen body plays a part in the overall writing experience, and the Waverly nib isn’t available in all pen bodies. Right now, the Waverly is only available in the 742, 743 and 912 models if you don’t want to get the 823 model from Tokyo Quill. Personally, I think being able to get a pen in a colour that isn’t black and silver or black and gold is worth the difference in price. That, plus you get the vacuum filling system and the larger ink capacity.

Conclusion:

If you are a lefty, you owe it to yourself to at least try the pen out. Go to a shop pen and give it a test run. It might be the nib that solves your lefty writing issues. I don’t not have much problems with regular nibs but the WA has opened up the world of boarder, wetter nibs to me. Maybe it will do the same for you.

Pros:

  • Ink capacity
  • Smooth, wet nib
  • Vacuum filling system

Cons:

  • Only available in selected models
  • Pricey

Posted on May 18, 2018 and filed under Fountain Pen, review.