Top 5 Favourite Inks 2017

It’s that time of the year again. My top 5 favourite ink purchases this year. Same criteria as last year, this has to be an ink new to the my collection. It doesn’t have to be released this year. Onto the list!

Number 5: KWZ Brown Pink

KWZ inks are new to me this year. I’ve tried Menthol Green and enjoyed it so I decided to explore their catalogue. I picked up two inks and Brown Pink was one of them. Brown Pink is a wonderful strange mix of well… brown and pink. It is a rather lovely hue of purple that shades nicely. Review coming soon.


Number 4: KWZ Cherry

Cherry is the other KWZ I’ve picked up. I must say I’m great at picking new inks! 2 out of 2 are winners. Cherry is a bright red ink that really reminds me of Christmas. Normally, red isn’t my go to ink in general for anything but Cherry is the exception to the rule. It has supplanted Montblanc Velvet Red as my go to red ink of choice. Review coming soon.


Number 3: Lamy Petrol

Lamy Petrol is Lamy’s 2017 ink that matches the Lamy Safari Petrol. It’s a dark teal colour. In general, I really enjoy teals. Lamy Petrol is one of those inks that works best with a broader and / or wetter nibs. It’s dark enough for corporate use yet retains enough colour for the inner fountain pen nerd.


Number 2: Robert Oster Signature Cherry Blossom

Robert Oster Signature Inks is the other ink maker that burst into the scene this year for me. I’ve reviewed a lot of Robert Oster Signature inks. Among them, Cherry Blossom is one of the stand out colours. It’s a dusty pink that straddles the line between bright and muted. I really like how it isn’t in your face bright but yet is still obviously pink and not some kind of red or purple.


Number 1: Robert Oster Signature Sublime

Finally the winner of 2017 top 5 inks is Robert Oster Siganture Sublime. I have to credit GlennHK for introducing me to this ink. It’s a really nice shading yellow-green inks. This has been a year of yellow-greens for me. I’ve tried Robert Oster Siganture Jade, Monteverde Olivine, Sailor Jentle Waka-Uguisu. Sublime takes the cake. It’s bright, it shades in all nib sizes. What more can I ask for?

Posted on December 15, 2017 and filed under Ink, Top 5.

SFPL Pen Show 2017

Ok, today was Singapore Fountain Pen Lovers Pen Show. It's the largest scale show the admins had attempted so far. And the turnout was great. It was discounts glaore with one set of locally made fountain pen inks exclusive for the show. The Nakayas there looked really good. I saw a couple of Montblanc 1912 for sale as well as that beautiful Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl.

Here's some photos from today's event. Let me know if there are any photos you need me to remove.

Posted on December 9, 2017 and filed under pen meet.

Review: Shumi Bun Blue

This is an original ink made for Shumi Bun by Sailor. It came with my Sailor Pro Gear Realo that was sold exclusively by Shumi Bun Club. Shumi Bun Blue is a saturated and wet blue ink. It shades very subtly only. For corporate purposes, this is perfect but for me, I find the colour boring. But that’s just me. I find the ink a little on the too wet and takes too long to dry side. So I am constantly smearing the ink when I write.

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Posted on December 8, 2017 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Kyo No Oto Koke Iro

My thanks to Glenn for the ink sample.

Kyo No Oto not to be confused with Kyo Iro are both sold by Tag Stationary. Kyo no Oto is a series of 5 inks and Koke Iro is one of them. It’s a yellow-green ink that shades really well. It goes from a yellow-green that’s similar to Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku Rin to a dark yellow-green similar to Rohrer and Klinger Alt-Goldgrün. Yellow-green is my kind of green. I really love Koke Iro though it’s colour isn’t all that unique. It’s shading is really quite something.

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Posted on December 1, 2017 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Scribes’ Pen Cloud Break (Scented)

My thanks to Straits Pen for the providing the ink sample for review.

Scribes’ Pen has a range of inks inspired by wine and liquors. Cloud Break is one of a set of 8. Cloud Break is a red sometimes verging on purple colour that’s scented to smell like Pinot Noir. I’m not a connoisseur of wine so I can’t say if the scent is accurate. Cloud Break is a blend of red, pink and almost purple. It’s a great shading ink that goes from a dark wine red to a faded pink-red.

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Posted on November 24, 2017 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Kaweco Liliput - Copper

The Numbers:
Weight: 24g
Length (capped): 97mm
Length (uncapped): 87mm
Price: SGD$119 from Cityluxe
Body Material: Copper but also available in other materials
Nib Material: Stainless steel
Filling Mechanism: Short international cartridge
Colours: Various

Intro:
My thanks to Cityluxe for loaning me the pen for review.

The Kaweco Liliput is the ultimate pocket fountain pen. It is very small and compact but in particular with the copper model it packs quite a punch. The Kaweco Liliput comes in a number of finishes, namely the stainless steel (in silver and fireblue), copper, aluminum covered in clear lacquer (in silver and black) and eco brass (in regular or wave). Measuring only at a tiny 97mm capped, it fits in the pocket easily. With a metal body, it will be able to take the knocks of daily carry life.

Packaging:
The Kaweco Liliput comes in the standard Kaweco tin box. I really like the tin box because it can be easily re-purposed for plenty of uses. The design of the box reminds me of the mathematical instruments I have for school.

Performance:
The cap unscrews in less than 3 revolution. Though small when first uncapped, the cap can be posted by screwing it to the end of the barrel. By simply posting the cap the pocket pen morphs into a full size pen. Couple with the weight of the copper material that helps to centre the pen in your hand. The balance is just right for my hand, I can even use it unposted if I am in a rush.

This is a fountain pen that craves to be taken out and be beaten up by sharing the pocket with keys and coins. The copper body will be tarnished with constant use and it will acquire a more distinguished appearance like wrinkles on a face. However if that’s not your cup of tea, you can easily polish the pen up and return it to its former glory.

The Kaweco Liliput doesn’t come with a clip but you can purchase one separately if you prefer clipping your pen to paper or your jeans. The clip would work well as a roll stopper as well. Be careful of the Liliput, it tends to roll of the table especially when without a clip.

The Liliput is without a doubt a thin pen. Its section is long but narrow so people with larger hands I would recommend you check out the Kaweco Supra for a more comfortable grip. However the thin grip is by design, after all this is suppose to be the ultimate pocket pen. You are not meant to be writing long essays with this pen. This is for quick jotting down of notes while out of your home.

The Kaweco Liliput takes the short international cartridge only. If you prefer using your own inks, you will be resigned to refilling old cartridge if you like a decent ink capacity. I can’t be sure if the small Kaweco converter would be able to fit the Liliput. If it does, I doubt there is much ink capacity when compared with a normal ink cartridge.

The Liliput comes a variety of nib options. They are all stainless steel nibs ranging from EF to BB. I had requested for a B nib for the Kaweco Liliput. That’s not a normal choice for me. The B nib is well, board. Far boarder than what I am used to but it is on the other hand not overly wet that makes it next to impossible for me to use. The B nib wants you to write big and bold. The nib is, for me, serviceable. It’s probably a better idea to pair this with a narrower nib options since it is for writing on the go. You undoubtedly don’t want to hang around waiting for your writing to dry before you can close your notebook.

Conclusion:
The Kaweco Liliput is a very specialised fountain pen. It wouldn’t work in all regular situations. As long as you keep this in mind, the Liliput will not disappoint you.

Once again, my thanks to Cityluxe for lending me the pen for review.

Pros:

  • Tiny pocket fountain pen
  • Extremely durable
  • Cap posts, to make a full size pen

Cons:

  • Your hand is going to smell like coins
  • Be careful, it might roll off the table
Posted on November 17, 2017 and filed under Fountain Pen, review.