Currently Inked #23 | 25 November 2016

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  • 00:00 – Black Friday horror stories
  • 03:00 – Kanilea Black Friday ‘ohana special with Pen Habit notebooks
  • 04:40 – What are your habits for picking pens when writing letters?
  • 06:05 – Classic Pens LB5 vs. Wahl-Eversharp Decoband
  • 07:45 – How do you make the swabs on your ink swatches?
  • 9:55 – Currently Inked #1 – Cross Calais
  • 11:45 – Will it be possible to get Inky Fingers notebooks from a retailer in Europe?
  • 13:00 – Montblanc 146 vs. Pelikan M800 Blue?
  • 14:30 – Is an inky crust on the bottle lip a problem? When does an ink need to go down the drain? (Plus a rant on using ink you don’t like.)
  • 17:45 – Currently Inked #2 – Classic Pens LM1
  • 19:20 – One pen of $450, or 3 pens of $150?
  • 20:30 – Sponsor –
  • 25:25 – Doing a review on Parker Penman Emerald Ink and  reviews of out-of-production ink?
  • 28:05 – Dark red/wine red inks and other favorite red inks?
  • 31:30 – Are modern iron gall inks as damaging to the paper as old-style iron gall inks?
  • 33:50 – Currently Inked #3 – Classic Pens LB5 Midorigi
  • 34:55 – Talk of the quality of Conklin Pens
  • 40:08 – How do the new Monteverde inks look and perform.
  • slkinsey

    WRT red inks, I always carry one of the Franklin-Christoph pocket pens (I have several) with a Masuyama needlepoint for marginalia, document proofing, quick note-taking, etc. These pens are invariably loaded up with a red ink because I want something that will stand out immediately on a page that most often contains other text. I’ve experimented with a variety of red inks, including some permanent options such as De Atramentis Document red and one of the KWZ IG reds, but I always keep coming back to Skrip red. Perhaps a bit boring in that there is zero sheen or shading, but it works on all kinds of paper with no spread, feathering or bleed-through, it’s a well-saturated bright red that pops off the page, and it’s easy to clean out of the pen (which is pretty unusual for a red).

  • Ramiro LS

    I have a bottle of Montblanc Burgundy Red, I really like the color albeit it doesn’t work equally well with all the combination of pens and papers. I find that it works best with wet pens on smooth paper or a little drier pens with ordinary paper. I like to use a Pilot Metropolitan with it on plain copier paper, and it gives a very nice, dark wine color.

  • Clifford Hughes

    Yes Matt, we love your ink reviews. Surely, if you love inks ( and you have reviewed some spectacular ones), you should enjoy doing reviews. I’m always impressed by the depth of your reviews – no one else comes close in my opinion. The comparisons and the chromatography are always a revelation. And there are quite a few inks I’ve purchased solely on the strength of your reviews (MB Lavender Purple and Diamine Autumn Oak spring to mind). If you hate reviewing that much, maybe you could do a condensed version, say 5 -10 minutes. But please don’t give up altogether.