Inspired by Kenouni Renoshin‘s suggestion that I do more ink reviews, I give to you the first day of the 12 Days of Inkmas. Cheers!
Private Reserve Orange Crush was part of the December Ink Drop from Goulet Pens. This month, the sample assortment included eight different colors from Private Reserve, favorites of the staff at Goulet in memory of the creator of Private Reserve, Terry Johnson.
I own a bottle of Orange Crush and have used it in the past. Its a more dark orange, more brown than the fizzy pop orange it’s named after. Orange Crush is not brown by any stretch but its not a vivid bright orange as I would expect for something called Orange Crush. I think Sailor Jentle Apricot 50ml ($12.50) is is much more of a vivid orange and Noodlers Summer Tanager 3oz/88ml ($12.50) is a brighter, sunnier orange. I would compare it most closely with the Diamine Orange 80ml ($12.50) though you’ll see in the swab close-up, there is a little blue halo around the Diamine Orange that did not appear in the Orange Crush.
Its not a bad color, its just a very in-between color for me. If I want brown, I want something browner. If I’m looking for an orange, I want something that screams ORANGE. Orange Crush is somewhere in between.
In regards to flow and dry time, Orange Crush is wholly acceptable. The dry time was not excessive and I had no issues with ink flow through a fine nib. It is not water resistant in the least though I’ve found that lighter colors tend to not have much staying power when water is introduced. On the plus side, if you spill it, it should wash up easily.
Private Reserve Orange Crush is sold in 50ml bottles for $8.80.
The samples above were written with a TWSBI Mini EF fountain pen in the Quo Vadis Habana bright white, blank notebook. Dry times will vary depending on paper stock. Comparison samples were written using a steel dip nib with a bit of flex which causes some of the more liquidy inks, like De Atramentis, to run a bit. They are included for color comparison. Best efforts were made to achieve color accuracy but the limitations of camera, lighting and individual monitor calibrations may alter the final look. For best results, order a sample of the ink color you like best and try it before you invest in a whole bottle.
Its the latest Field Notes edition, Cold Horizon and everyone in the stationery-o-verse is talking about it. How do you feel about the shiny covers? Too shiny? Gritty? How do you like the gradient effect? Love it? Hate it? What about the graph paper in tints of wintery whites_ light grey, light green and light blue?
My husband, the printer, insisted on lining the books up to show where each gradient intersected with each other. The spine of one book aligns its gradient to the front cover and back cover of the other two books.
The shine of the covers is quite reminiscent of wet ice along with the crystal blue colors of the covers — the theme is beautifully harmonized in the final product. The covers are a little pebbly from the gloss aqueous coating. Overall, the books show lots of fingerprints and smudges just like a stainless steel refrigerator — for better or worse.
Its hard to get a good photograph of the slight color shift between the books. The paper is lightly tinted in a pale blue, green and grey. The grid marks are the same color grey on all three versions. The minor color shift is pleasant but not dramatic enough to have warranted the trouble and expense to do them each differently.
I did my pen test in the light grey paper book. As others have noted, I suspect that tinting the paper made it a little less receptive to fountain pen inks. Field Notes really are best paired with a non-fountain pen pen. I got good results with all the other tools I used but I did get a bit of line railroading (when the edges of the strokes are visible but the ink sort of drops out in the middle like a miniature railroad track) with the Pilot Juice and the Pentel Hybrid Technica pens, both of which are hybrid ballpoint/gel inks. Pilot Hi-Tec Cs and UniBall Signo RTs performed the cleanest with no show through on the reverse of the page. I used all cool blues, black, blue-blacks and graphite as it seemed like a good chance to pair my tool color to the notebooks.
I wanted to provide a close-up to show the feathering with the two fountain pens I tried. It didn’t seem worth the trouble to try even wider nibs or a Sharpie marker. I know they are going to bleed or bead up a little. There’s a reason why we collect so many tools — so we can pair just the write pens with just the right papers for the optimal writing experience.
I will enjoy using these notebooks. They are completely functional and will certainly brighten up the dreary winter days ahead but these are not books I’ll necessarily covet like I do the Traveling Salesman which is my FAVORITE to date. (I wish I had purchased an extra set of those!)
The Field Notes Cold Horizon Color Edition is available in limited supply. A three-pack of the variegated cover and mixed tint paper are available for $9.99.
The folks behind the start-up Easy, Tiger are rocking the local KC scene with their inventive card vending machines in area coffee shops as well as their pop-up shop on First Fridays in the Crossroads. For those folks outside the KC area, you can purchase their unique, witty cards, tees and prints from their online shop.It’s not as fun as pulling the handle on a vending machine but the cards are just as cool.
The 2-person team has created an assortment of tees, cards and prints and the web site is hinting at journals being on the horizon. I can’t wait to see the journals!
Tees sell for $19.99.
These are a few of my favorite cards. Fun, playful and everyday sendable. Each card is $2.49.
The new print is a gold foil stamped design on black paper. It’s 13×19″ and sells for $24.99. The perfect gift for the champ in your life.
Easy, Tiger have kindly offered a prize package that will include a print, a tee and an assortment of cards. Please tell me what your favorite Easy, Tiger card is in the comments to be entered to win.
FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Friday, December 13, 2013. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Monday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner (this means that international readers are welcome to enter if you’re willing to pay for postage. If not, please do not enter this giveaway). We are generous but we’re not made of money.
The Write Notepads & Co. is a Baltimore-based notebook manufacturer. Their notebooks feature a heavy kraft card stock cover that it letterpress printed with their logo on the standard edition or with their own creation, the Paul South figure on the specially made left-handed edition that features the spiral rings on the right-hand side.
Letterpress, locally-made, fountain pen friendly and lefty-centric? What’s not to love?
Both versions of the notebook are available in a small, 3.5×5.5″ pocket size and a larger 5.5×8.5″ A5-ish size. All versions come with either lined or plain paper. Prices are $8 for a small and $16 for a large and include a Write Notepads-printed, oversized rubber band to hold the book closed.
(tip o’ the hat to Inkdependence. Check out their post for a detailed review as well.)
I work in Adobe Illustrator a lot and the pen tool which allows me to work with bezier curves uses a fountain pen nib as its icon. WHAM! Both of my worlds collide. When I saw the Vector Scouts Field Kit from Vector Mill, its seemed like an obvious match. The set includes a Moleskine Cahier printed with the Vector Scout logo — bezier curve lines and the iconic, graphic pen nib — and wrapped with a decorative, paper band. There is also a matching sticker and embroidered patch in the kit, all for $20. Most of the products sold by Vector Mill are icons, patterns and brushes to be used in Illustrator but anyone who wields a vector pen tool might appreciate the “Field Kit.”
(via Vector Mill)
I’ve been using Kaweco inks by the cartridge for all my Kaweco Sport fountain pens (when I’m not syringe filling) but I’m delighted to have the opportunity to use the inks in the more economical bottled versions. There are eight colors currently available: brown, midnight blue, palm green, paradise blue, pearl black, royal blue, ruby red, and summer purple. I assume these colors align with the cartridge colors. Each bottle is 30ml and sells for $15.75.
(via Anderson Pens)
Ben Kilb for The New York Times
The NY Times posted an article about Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell. To call the Count the Crown Prince of Pencils would probably be accurate. Read on…
(via NY Times)
The new American educational curriculum called the Common Core State Standards Initiative is being discussed in the news in part because cursive writing is no longer going to be required instruction. Handwriting instruction has been waning and many states have already chosen not to require it. A national chance in teaching strategies in the US will pretty much guarantee that the few remaining states teaching it, will abandon it as well.
I’m at a loss what to say. So much more is gained in learning penmanship beyond merely the skill to read and write the characters: motor skills, brain pathways, patience and so much more…
I won’t rant here, but there’s plenty of other people who have said it:
Some links from the graphics (couldn’t find the Washington Post article):
(graphic via Montessorium)
Letter Writing and Postal Follies:
Pen & Ink:
Notebooks & Paper: