I love doing ink reviews. I really love them. Inks are awesome, they can be used to draw out emotions and reference your current mood or attitude. When I commence my various ink reviews, I normally load a pen or two, use various test papers (anything I can write on), fill at least one page in my Habana Notebook, lastly I write a review – on my ink review form. Once that’s done, I post it on various social media outlets, and sometimes reference them in the videos I shoot. [Read more…]
This past weekend was rather interesting, for me anyway. The Miami Pen show was in town, and I decided I would attend, since it is not very far from my home. This was my first pen show I have ever attended, and while it was rather small. I enjoyed it immensely. The event was held at the Marriott on Biscayne Blvd, and was held for three days.
I am a member of FPN, and as such I met up with a few of the other FPN members that were in attendance. I hung out with “Speckled & Spotted”, “Okami”, “OcalaFLGuy”, “pb2”, “sumgaikid”, Bert from Bertrams Inkwell and various other FPN members.
I visited all the vendors, chatted pens and inks. I bought some Noodler’s VMail Midway Blue, Noodler’s Year of the Pig highlighter ink and a Stipula LTD Miami Sunset pen. While I was there I brought an old Watermans Ideal FP to Mike Masuyama (Mike-It-Work) to check the nib. I also spent time with Chuck Swisher & Susan Wirth. Susan spent a nice amount of time with me explaining some of the finer points of fountain pens. While at her booth, I looked at Flex, Italics and some Broad nibbed pens. At pb2’s booth, I took some video as Pendleton opened a vintage NOS Esterbrook from the UK.
I drooled over the new Visconti Homo Sapiens fountain pen. Which looked and felt awesome, but at $600 was “slightly” out of my price range. I looked at many of the vintage pens that were available for sale. I actually prefer mostly the older stuff since, I find much of the newer FPs a bit gaudy. Plus, there is just something about writing with a vintage pen… they sing to you.
The one gripe I had was parking. I read on the website that parking was $10. Not for me, I was told to park in the lot directly across the street. Come to find out that was a $30 lot. I would have much rather spent the $30 on some more ink. 😉
After the show, OcalaFLGuy, Speckled & Spotted, Sumgaikid and I spent the evening at Bayside… eating chatting and relaxing. I had a great time with them, and hope that we can all get together again soon.
Diamine Turquoise [full size photo] – Wow, what a vibrant little ink we have here. Its just the right color of turquoise for me. I prefer it like this than too much green. This color pops on the page, its another one of those inks that tempt you to use it. A tiny bit seductive if you will. I enjoy using this color at work, as it garners some attention anytime I use it.
The ink flows really nice, even in this cheap Hero 329. It always starts when I put it to the paper. Nice bit of shading even in this fine of a nib. It seems to lubricate the tip a bit, this translates into a slightly smoother writing experience even though the nib is a tiny bit scratchy.
I cant wait to see how this differs with the Visconti Turquoise that just arrived yesterday. All in all I really enjoy using this color and, I will definitely be purchasing a bottle of it soon. Well, that is – unless the Visconti works better for me.
Please note that the review was using a Waterman Phileas & the photo below was using a Hero 329.
About Diamine Inks:
Ink Manufacturer’s since 1864 Diamine Inks relocated to this purpose built ‘state of the art’ factory in Liverpool in 1925, where they successfully carried on using the traditional methods and formulas for ink production. Over the years the company was taken over many times and relocated yet again, but throughout the DIAMINE TRADE MARK and production methods survived symbolizing the finest quality in Fountain Pen Inks, Calligraphy Ink, Drawing Ink and Writing Inks.
I purchased this ink from: Peartreepens.com (Fountain Pen Ink Samples Program)