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Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine

This is the Pelikan 2018’s ink of the year. I got this ink initially thinking it will be a dark yellow-green. It does have a faint yellow undertone but Olivine is mostly a dark green with a strong grey undertone in. It shades well in my Japanese SM nib. Shading goes form a muted grey-green to a deep dark green. It feels like a lubricated ink and I really enjoy this colour. Check out Pelikan Edelstein Olivine if you enjoy a dark green ink.

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Posted on September 14, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Bookbinders Everglade Ratsnake

My thanks to Glenn for the ink sample.

Wow Bookbinder’s Everglade Ratsnake, what a mouthful. This is an Australian made ink that I’ve not tried before. Everglade Ratsnake is a dry eye-searingly bright orange ink. I made the initial mistake of filling it in a dry F nib. Never again. That particular combination was unusable. Given its dryness, I tried it again in a B nib and it was way better. In a B nib, it shades very subtly but it is mostly a flat colour. I enjoy the way the ink pops but given its dryness I’d advise to choose the pen you fill this ink up in carefully.

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Posted on August 31, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Scribes’ Ink Macallan Scottish Whisky

My thanks to Straits Pen for the ink sample.

Scribes’ Ink Macallan Scottish Whisky is a scented ink. Obviously it’s made to smell like Macallan Whisky but how accurate it is, I have no idea. It’s a brown ink on the yellow end of things. It shades well going from a light yellow-brown to a saturated soil like brown. Scribes’ Ink Macallan Scottish Whisky is really similar to Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho and you all know my thoughts on that ink and that family of colours. It’s safe to say Scribes’ Ink Macallan Scottish Whisky isn’t my favourite ink in terms of colour but this is a completely serviceable ink.

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Posted on August 17, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Montegrappa Turquoise

My thanks to Goldspot Pens for sending me this bottle of Monetegrappa Turquoise.

Montegrappa Turquoise is a potent ink. Be mindful of which pen / nib you fill this in. On my Waverly nib, it bleedthrough on all the notebooks that I have. This includes Rhodia, Tomoe River, Traveler’s Notebook (both with regular and light weight paper notebooks). I’m not sure why is this ink is so prone to bleedthrough on wet nibs. That aside, it is a flat turquoise ink depending on the nib. It does shade but only subtly. Monetegrappe Turquoise is a beautiful colour but it just doens’t behaved ver well. Best to use this ink in a dry nib.

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Posted on August 10, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Noodler’s Midway Blue

My thanks to Straits Pen for the ink sample.

Noodler’s Midway Blue is a bright blue that’s water resistant. It shades slightly but I think the draw is in the brightness of the colour. It reminds me of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon Peki. Even though the colour pops right off the page but I think this isn’t a very unique colour. The only stand out feature is its water resistance.

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Posted on August 3, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Elixir River Safari

This is the third and last SFPL Pen Show 2017 exclusive ink by a local ink maker. Elixir River Safari is my kind of green. It’s a dark green yellow ink that shades even in a EF nib. The shade hints at dark and mysterious depths in the darker parts of the ink while the lighter / brighter parts still remained grounded. The colour is dark enough to be used in a professional environment. Of all three inks that’s in the set, River Safari is my favourite

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