Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

INK REVIEW: Montblanc Corn Poppy Red

Montblanc Corn Poppy Red Ink Swabs

 BaBam!  Biff! Boom! Pow!

Montblanc Corn Poppy Red has arrived on the scene.

My very first impression was that the ink is terribly wet. If flowed from my pen with such ease that I was sure it would take forever to dry.  I was wrong and the dry times are perfectly acceptable with no smearing at all at the twenty second mark.

Montblanc Corn Poppy Red Writing Sample

Here's the scoop . . . delightful saturation, beautiful red color, flow is wonderful, definitely not water-resistant.

There was no ghosting and minimal show through on the HP 32 pound paper I was using. There was also the teeny tiniest bit of spread. Not enough to call it feathering, but definitely some spread. Just a touch. Maybe so little that others wouldn't notice it? Probably not enough that it's a deal breaker for me.

I regularly use HP 32 pound paper. I know it's a good and consistent paper that works well with fountain pens. An then I wondered . . . how would Corn Poppy Red behave on other papers?

First I tried Apica CD 15 Notebook paper. This is their regular line, not the premium stuff.

It was not a pleasant writing experience. I felt as I needed to press just a bit harder with the pen (the MB Heritage 1912 that I adore so much) and even then, it just didn't feel as nice.

Then, I tried my old favorite Rhodia 80 gsm . . .

And, man, that was some nice writing! Smooth with crisp lines. I approve!

I know you're looking at the bottom line there and wondering what the heck happened. Silly me put the paper in the scanner before it was dry.  Anyone know how to clean ink off of a feed scanner's rolly bits? Oops.

Bottom line? I like pen and ink combinations that work on all papers. There's so much fuss in the world that when I pick up a pen, I just want it to go. I like Montblanc Corn Poppy Red, but it's not love.

Whomp Whomp.

Tell me - what are deal breakers for you with inks? Color is the big obvious thing, but are there other things that you simply will not tolerate?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Diamine Scarlet Ink Review

In love with Diamine Scarlet

Amazing pink-red color, great saturation.

Side Note: I'm beginning to think that if I put my words in italics, it's like whispering. And whispering is kind of like wordless, right?

Monday, December 8, 2014

INK REVIEW: Diamine Autumn Oak

Hello, Autumn Oak!

I'd been hearing good things about Autumn Oak from Diamine. Seeing is definitely believing!

With its name, I assumed the ink would be some shade of brown and not very exciting. So glad I finally decided to check it out.

Insane shading.  Writes great.  No ghosting or bleeding. Acceptable dry times. No water resistance. Not incredibly saturated, but definitely not watery.

Here's the full review . . . 

And a link to the original file (it's huge).

I mentioned in the handwritten review that Autumn Oak seems to be comparable to other orange inks.  The color reminds of Pelikan Edelstein Amber - though Autumn Oak definitely has more shading.

I wrote in the review, "I like it!" Based on my usage of it over the last few days, I'm going to revise that to . . . I love it!  There are definitely many orange fountain pen inks out there, but this one is definitely unique in terms of color and shading and it writes great.

Ooh - bonus images - I've been practicing my splash techniques.  Getting better!

Alrighty, your turn.  What do you think of Diamine Autumn Oak? Do you have an orange ink that you love love love?