Category: Review

I’ll cut to the chase.  This is a pen about which I feel relatively “meh.”  It has never worked well for me.  It may be because of the way I hold my pens when I write.  It may be because …

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Color Swatch

  Montblanc has a reputation (whether deserved or not) of being the pinnacle of luxury when it comes to writing instruments.  Their pens are among some of the most expensive “regular” pens available on the market today.  Since I do …

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  This ink is another one of those, “hey they have it at this store, and I’ve never tried it. Let’s give it a whirl and see how it goes” kind of inks.  In fact, the store from which I …

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  Iroshizuku.  If you’re familiar with fountain pen inks, it’s a name you’re likely well familiar with.  If you’re not, stick around a little while.  You will be. Iroshizuku (a line of inks by the Pilot Pen Company) is one …

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Noodler's Zhivago Swatch

Noodler’s Zhivago is one of those inks that gets talked about a fair bit, but one that I just don’t use that often.  Perhaps it is because of preference toward more interesting colors, but Zhivago (which at my first glance …

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Private Reserve Ebony Purple

  Private Reserve has a small collection  of “ebony” inks, very dark, in some cases, nearly black, shades of a whole parcel of colors.  The first one of these I ever tried with Ebony Purple.  (Ebony Green was shortly thereafter.) …

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The color swatch. Although it's a bit hard to tell there's anything there at all. It just looks a little dirty.

I purchased this bottle of J. Herbin Gris Nuage (Gray Clouds) ink from Silberman Brown Stationers in Seattle.  It was one of those, "I've never used a gray ink before. Let's buy it and see what it's like."  Big Mistake. …

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The lumpy cap and funky clip in a rubberized plastic

In my previous video, I praised Faber-Castell for putting some nice design effort into their pens, and building pens that don’t look like anything else on the market.  Well, they have continued their streak of building unique pens, but in …

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