Getting into Fountain Pens: Your First Pen and Ink

Getting into fountain pens can be a bit of a hurdle. Most people are probably a bit leery about spending a good bit of money on one pen when they can get a box of 24 Bic Crystal ballpoints for half the price. There are a ton of suggestions on getting into the hobby, but here’s my recommendations.

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Noodler’s Park Red Review

Noodler's Park Red Review

 

Noodler’s Park Red

Paper: Clairefontaine 90g
Pen: Lamy Safari EF
Flow: Excellent
Shading: Barely
Bleedthrough: None
Feathering: None
Dry Times: Average

Notes

An incredibly well behaved red ink my experience. It’s a nice communist red in a shade I have been looking for. It is just dark enough for casual note taking, but vibrant enough to draw attention. A definite winner!

Looking for cheap paper performance? Here it is!

The review unit was provided to me for free. The opinions expressed in the review are strictly my own. Thank you to Pen Chalet for providing the review unit, check them out at PenChalet.com.

Noodler’s Park Red Cheap Paper Review

Noodler's Park Red Cheap Paper Review

It’s exam season, so it’s only fitting I start with a review on my cheap filler paper from Hilroy as I’ve been going through stacks of them.

I was quite impressed with Noodler’s Park Red’s performance. The feathering was extremely minimal, even with thicker nibs like my broad (posing as a fine) nib on my Levenger L-Tech 3.0. Things got really messy with the Ahab flex nib, but actual pools of ink were being laid down, as I’m still trying to get the pen tuned properly after doing an ease my flex mod.

Park Red Bleedthrough - Cheap PaperThe bleedthrough is limited to the flex nib only. The colour is definitely dark enough for casual writing and eye-catching enough for marking or note titles.

The review unit was provided to me for free. The opinions expressed in the review are strictly my own. Thank you to Pen Chalet for providing the review unit, check them out at PenChalet.com.

 

Noodler’s #41 Brown Cheap Paper Review

Noodler's #41 Brown Cheap Paper Review

Noodler’s #41 Brown Cheap Paper Review

Let’s start this review with a Japanese EF nib in the form of the Pilot Penmanship. It is a bit light, but almost no feathering. I’m unsure if I would use this ink regularly in such a fine nib.

Let’s move up to an F to M nib found on Fountain Pen Revolution’s flex nibs. Some minor featuring if you look very close.

Now a Lamy Safari Medium. Actually very close to the FPR flex nib, but a touch drier. Still very minimal feathering. However, #41’s shading is a bit more obvious here.

Pardon the poor flex writing.

So would I recommend using Noodler’s #41 Brown with cheap paper? Yes! Even with a wet FM nib, there is barely any feathering. Ghosting is bad enough that you won’t use both sides of hte paper, but few inks can pull that off on paper this cheap. The bleedthrough is minimal until I broke out the flex.

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Sailor Jentle Sky High Review

Unfortunately I can’t seem to get a really great photo that shows off the incredible red sheen this ink has. It’s absolutely addictive!

Sailor Jentle Sky High Review

Sailor Jentle Sky High
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g
Pen: Century 3776 EF/TWSBI Vac 700 w/ Knox 1.1mm Stub
Flow: Slightly Wet
Shading: SomeBleedthrough: None
Feathering: None
Dry Times: (Long)

Cheap Paper Notes
Sky High fares well on cheap paer with minimum feathering and bleedthrough. However, cheap paer usually misses out on the best part of the ink. SHEEN!

Notes
Sailor’s Jentle Sky high is a vibrant shade of blue. Some recommend it as a cheaper alternative to Kon-Peki, but it deserves to stand on its own right due to its good behaviour, lovely colour, and amazing read sheen. Too bad the bottle makes filling larger nibbed pens impossible.

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Inked Up – February Edition

This month, I have very lucky to have Ed Jelley of EdJelley.com showing off his loadout. Here’s what Ed had to say about his current loadout:ilaikepens.com - Inked Up - February 2014 - Ed Jelley of edjelley.com

Left to Right:
Nakaya Neo Standard in Kuro-Tamenuri – Medium Soft Nib – Diamine Oxblood
Conklin Crescent Filler – 1.1mm Stub Nib – Stipula Verde Muschiato
Lamy 2000 – Binderized Medium Nib – Rohrer & Klingner Salix
Karas Kustoms Ink Prototype – Medium Nib – Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron
Karas Kustoms Render K G2 – 0.4mm Black Pilot Hi-Tec-C Refill
TWSBI Mini Classic – Fine Nib – Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun
Tactile Turn “Mover” Prototype in Raw Aluminum – 0.38mm Pilot G2 Refill
Field Notes Drink Local Edition IPA

A Letter to Sailor

Dear Sailor,

Look Sailor, we need to talk. I understand you tried to remedy this situation with that little plastic adapter inside the ink bottle, but it isn’t cutting it. Seriously, a vast majority of my pens are simply too tall to actually use the bottle to fill. Sure, the bottle looks unique compared to the legions of tall bottles, but we have a bit of a problem. Even with a full bottle of ink, I can’t fill my pens. Why bother even putting that plastic adapter when I probably will have to use a syringe or just put the converter directly into the bottle? I’m sure I could have gotten at least an extra converter or two of ink if you ditched the plastic bit. Your ink is great, but your design department needs to visit the engineering department once in a while. Please look into redesigning the bottles. Until then, your ink will have to reside in another container.

With love,
Laike

Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium – Cheap Paper Review

 

Liberty’s Elysium – Cheap Paper Review

Paper isn’t cheap. In university, students can chew through hundreds of sheets in a semester, easily. What is a student to do? So here is Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium on the cheapest paper I could find, Hilroy loose leaf college rule paper. I am using a Japanese EF to write this review. You can already notice some slight feathering, but the level is very reasonable.

For comparison’s sake, here is the same ink in a medium Lamy Safari. Feathering is much more noticeable compared to the EF nib. So would I recommend Liberty’s Elysium for those of us on a budget? Yes! Even at a nib this thick, the feathering doesn’t detract from the hand writing. It is still clear enough to read. I probably could get away with a stub nib with this ink, but no more than a 1.1mm. 

In regards to bleedthrough, you can see a bit with the medium nib. There is some mild ghosting with the EF nib. With cheap paper, you probably won’t be able to get away with using both sides of the paper with most inks. Short of a very wet stub, the bleedthrough should never soak the next page. 

Pelikan Launches Contest to Select the 2015 Edelstein Ink of the Year

Pelikan has started a contest that challenges internet visitors to mix their perfect ink colour. The German company will be selecting five entrants to join five Pelikan employees to choose the a winner out of the top fifteen contest entries. The creator of the winning entry will net themselves a M400 fountain pen in black-green. There are also bottles of Edelstein inks up for grabs for the finalists.

To enter, create your own colour using Pelikan’s design tools. Once you submit it, it will be added to the gallery of colours where visitors around the world will vote on it. The top fifteen most popoular entries will be judged and whittled down to three finalists. Pelikan will try to create Edelstein inks that best mirror the entry and choose one to release as 2015’s ink of the year. Good luck to all the entrants!

Pelikan Ink of the Year Contest

Inked Up – January Edition

Welcome to our very first edition of a new monthly segment called Inked Up. Every month, a member of the fountain pen community and I will share our current rotation that has been inked up!

Our very first guests are Jon and Liz Chen of Wonder Pens, hailing from Toronto, Canada. Wonder Pens is currently my local store and carries pens, pencils, journals, notebooks, office supplies, tons of fountain pens, and fountain pen accessories. I often plan to visit with the intention of picking up an item or two and end up leaving with a lighter wallet and bag full of ink. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, be sure to swing by their brick and mortar shop to pet Super the store dog in training while you stock up on ink. Liz gave us a peek at her very colourful rotation.

(Be sure to click the thumbnail for the full image in all its glory!)
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