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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Color swatch. You can see some of the purple-red sheen here.

  Diamine's Sherwood Green was the first ink I ever ordered, aside from blue or black.  When I got my first few fountain pens, the pen itself was the area of focus.  (I started off using cartridges, even).  However, once …

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The bottle.

      The quest for the perfect blue-black continues. When the Goulet Pen Company announced that Sailor had decided to pull their entire ink line from the retailer, I was one of those folks who swooped in and bought …

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The Faber-Castell Ambition is, in many ways, indicative of what sets F-C’s pens apart from many other pens on the market: design.  Their pens just don’t look like any other pens out there.  The Ambition is very modern and sleek-looking. …

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The step up between the section and the barrel is significant. The glossy strip in the middle is nice, though.

The Pilot Metropolitan has been much-discussed over the last several months.  It’s praised for being a very well-behaved pen, particularly for its rather low price point.  It’s an all-metal body with a pretty standard cigar-shaped design (albeit a skinny cigar.) …

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