Review: Diamine Earl Grey

 Art by Naeviss of Deviantart, ink: Diamine Earl Grey

Art by Naeviss of Deviantart, ink: Diamine Earl Grey

This is a special ink chosen by members of the fountain pen Reddit community. It’s a warm grey ink that shades nicely especially when I filled it in my Pilot Custom 823 Waverly nib. It can go dark, almost black grey to a warm slate grey. I quite enjoy this particular grey. Normally my preference is towards cool grey but Diamine Earl Grey is a keeper.

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Posted on April 20, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Noodler’s Borealis Black

My thanks to Straits Pen for the ink sample.

I’ve filled my Pilot Vanishing Point with Noodler’s Borealis Black under the impression it is a super wet ink but I think my Pilot Vanishing Point has defeated it. It still writes kind of dry-ish. Noodler’s Borealis Black is a water resistant ink that’s usually very black. But I’m thinking this ink has it’s favourites and works differently in different pens. I’ve seen reviews online where people complained about the long drying times but I had the opposite problem in my Pilot Vanishing Point. So be wary of which pen you fill this ink in. My TWSBI Mini has no issues with Noodler’s Borealis Black and I’ve experienced the long dry times with the TWSBI Mini.

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Posted on April 13, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Monteverde Moonstone

My thanks to Cityluxe for the ink and allowing me to give it away.

I’ve filled Moonstone in my dry Opus 88 and here’s where Monteverde’s ITF (ink treatment formula) shines. It has made my dry Opus 88 nib smooth and lubricated. Moonstone is a warm brown that has a strong grey undertone. It’s a truly unique colour that shades beautifully even in my stainless steel F nib. This is one of the stand out colours of the Monteverde Gemstone ink lineup.

I am giving away this bottle of Monteverde Moonstone. All you have to do is to leave me a comment below. This giveaway ends 12th April 2018. This giveaway is open to anyone residing in Singapore.

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Posted on April 6, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue

My thanks to Louisa for the ink sample.

Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue is very much traditional blue black ink, rather a dark blue with a strong grey undertone. It shades easily and rather wet for a Graf von Faber-Castell ink. That’s really unexpected. This is a suitable colour for corporate use in terms of its colour. Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue is a step above a standard blue or black ink because it’s not boring or devoid of shading.

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Posted on March 30, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: J. Herbin Amethyst de l’Oural

Amethyst de l’Oural is J. Herbin 2017 1670 Shimmering ink entry. There have been many companies jumping on the shimmering ink bandwagon most notably De Atramentis and Robert Oster but J. Herbin is the original.

Amethyst de l’Oural is a purple ink with silver dust. For the most part it’s a pretty ink but it isn’t as eye-catching as Emerald of Chivor. The purple by itself isn’t special. It doesn’t shade much. J. Herbin also updated the packaging. I like the new look but am disappointed by the ink itself. It’s also flinky in my Faber-Castell Loom and TWSBI Mini

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Posted on March 23, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.