Saturday, May 11, 2013

Yet Another Writing Sample (YAWS) - Lots of Ink Samples and Scratch Sheets!

This weekend, I have something extra for you all...lots of scratch sheets! All of these came from a fountain pen meetup that I attended last weekend, where I spent a good hour testing and sampling inks with some fellow fountain pen-loving people. I shall provide commentary, as necessary, but most of these speak for themselves.

The Goulet Pens JoWo nib was great. For $15, it offers a great replacement nib for pens that take #6 nibs, such as the Noodler's Konrad, Noodler's Ahab, TWSBI Vac 700, and others. The Pelikan BB nib disappointed me, a little. I think I was expecting it to be more like the Montblanc BB nib. Instead, the Pelikan BB simply dumped a lot of ink on my page. "Overly wet" comes to mind, as a good description.

The Maruzen Athena inks are interesting. We believe they are made by Sailor, as the bottles are nearly the same, and the colors appear similar. Maruzen is the store that sells them, and the brand label is Athena.

The Chesterfield line of inks is actually manufactured by Diamine in the UK and bottled in the US as Chesterfield. The names are not 1:1, but some investigation will discover the parallels. For example, Diamine Blue-black ink is bottled as Chesterfield Night Sapphire. The prices are relatively about the same between the two, per milliliter.  I was intrigued by how silvery De Atramentis Silver Grey really looked, and the Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock ink was fabulous!

Wow, that Rohrer & Klinger ink was vibrant! I wish that the vibrancy showed more through the scan. Please forgive my misspelling of "Sailor Jentle..."

This scan was done on an HP Deskjet F4280 at 600dpi.
Note: Because these scans are done with a light emitting printer, actual colors will, more likely than not, be slightly darker than they may appear, here. The colors shown, here, are probably a bit more reminiscent of what the ink would be like under a bright light or if it were held up and viewed with a light behind it.


  1. Ahhh I love colorful posts like this :)

    1. The plethora of colors was a bit overwhelming at first...which to dip and test to begin?! There was a lot of "Did you try this ink?" and "Look at this color!" flying around the room.

  2. I love the Aubergine! It's a beautiful deep purple.