Category: New Acquisition

Troublemaker Inks

I was looking through the #fpnph feed on Instagram when I stumbled on a photo of a recent pen meet among Cebu members. The photos showed a number of new inks developed locally called Troublemaker Inks. One color caught my eyes, the Hanging Rice, which reminded me of Alt Goldgrun, it made me curious about the inks. Plus, they’re locally made, and it’s always great to support local businesses. I placed my order on the Troublemaker Inks website on 8/20 (which was 2-day long holiday), so my order was processed and shipped out on the 22nd, and I received it today (8/29). I was surprised that they used Philpost’s EMS to send the inks (there were no other shipping options available on the website). It accounted for the amount of time it took to get delivered. I was honestly a bit nervous about it because I’ve had very little positive experience with our local post office.

Today the inks arrived, there was a bit of leaking around the caps but nothing too concerning. Perhaps a bit of cling wrap around the bottles would help? Overall, the package did arrive safely, so no complaints here.

You can actually choose the level of wetness for the inks, if you want the flow to be dry, moderate, wet, or extra wet. I opted for the wet formulation, but perhaps on my next order I’ll try the moderate flow instead because I have mostly wet-writing nibs. Anyway, the concept is pretty interesting, and I really hope that they get a lot of local support so that they can keep on making their inks.

Reviews of the two inks I tried coming up soon. 🙂

Lamy Safari x Line Friends (Brown in the Red Box)

My brother-in-law recently went to Japan on vacation and I asked him to look for one thing for me. This pen has been on my wishlist since 2016 and now it’s here. I know it doesn’t exactly look like the other pens in my collection, but I find it awfully cute. This Lamy Safari is a collaboration with Line Friends, which are characters based on stickers of the Line messaging app. Honestly, I wasn’t familiar with Line Friends at all until this collaboration, and I really just wanted the brown bear. This is called Brown in a Red Box because…it’s Brown the bear in a red tin box.

The package is wrapped in a cute white cardboard sleeve, which is pretty heavy for a pen box. The red tin box that contains the pen and accessories is really cute. Reminds me of the tin pen cases I had back in my elementary school days.

The box smells like almond extract. Not exactly unpleasant but it’s a very noticeable smell. I don’t mind at all. Note that the bear attachment to the clip smells strongly of almond extract too.

 

Inside the box is the cocoa brown-colored pen, two pouty silicone bears, two cartridges (one is inside the pen), and a converter (the one with the red accent, not  black).

I got the XF nib this time, I was a little ambivalent about that because I’ve never had an XF nib before. I prefer the bear that’s standing up rather than the one sitting down because it’s lighter. The sitting bear is a bit chunky and makes the pen top-heavy. It is awfully cute, though. If you don’t mind the weight.

I only have three Lamy Safaris, I don’t really collect them, but what I like about them is that they’ve been consistent with the nib quality so far. They’re durable, light, and uncomplicated. This one’s no different. I decided to ink it with Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi because I think the color matches perfectly. Pen and ink OTP. <3

All my worries about getting an xf nib were dispelled as soon as I used the pen. It’s not as scratchy as I expected. The sweet spot is definitely narrow and there’s feedback, but overall it’s not an unpleasant thing.

It’s also pretty nice that the letters on the nib are brown.

I don’t usually buy pens with cartoon characters on them, but this one is just too adorbs.

Colorverse Limited Edition Voyager 1 Set

I joined Everything Calligraphy‘s Colorverse preorder a few weeks ago and I got the package today. I was really tempted to get Schrodinger & Cat set because…cat. But I thought I liked the colors of this set better. This one’s the limited edition Voyager 1 box set, which was made to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager I space probe. Only 1977 sets were made, to remember the date of the launch which was September 5, 1977.

It’s my first time to use any ink from the Colorverse brand. I found the packaging very cute. It came in a colorful box that had little illustrations of the Voyager 1 probe.

It came with some literature about the ink, cute little Voyager-themed stickers, and a gift card. It’s a really nice way to package a limited edition set, I appreciate all the information about both the probe and the inks.

The ink bottles are so cute. I didn’t expect them to be so small, at 15ml per bottle, but I appreciate that Everything Calligraphy priced the set competitively.

Look at that, so cute. ^_^

Aww, cutie. You gotta love how everything about this ink set is well put-together. I have to say, though, that with such a cute bottle comes a very small bottle opening…

You’d probably need to decant this in a bottle with a bigger opening, or just use a thinner pen. You can also use a syringe to fill your pen if that’s applicable.

I am eager to try out these inks and I will write my reviews very soon. I already filled one pen with my first ink, Pale Blue Dot. So far, so good!

I’m not sure when the Colorverse line will be available on the Everything Calligraphy page since this is part of a preorder, but I’m hoping they will put up the other colors for sale soon because I want to try the other colors too. Maybe I’ll get the Schrodinger & Cat next. ^_^ Meow.

Ink Swab: Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

I’ve had this ink on my wishlist since 2014, but I didn’t really go to Montblanc boutiques to check if they had it. Yesterday my husband and I were walking from Greenbelt 1 to Glorietta and we passed by the Montblanc boutique on the ground floor. We wandered in and I ogled the gorgeous pens on display. My husband bought the ink bottle because, as usual, I was hemming and hawing about getting it for myself. As soon as we got home, I inked up one of my favorite pens with it, my Parker Vacumatic Golden Brown.

Montblanc Toffee Brown

My first impression before I tried the ink was that I loved the bottle. It’s so pretty, and functional too. That portion near the cap functions like a little pocket that catches ink so that your pen can suck it up even if there’s little ink left in the bottle. Sort of like its own ink miser. The bottle’s opening will fit large pens comfortably. The cap is, surprisingly, quite heavy for an ink bottle cap. It’s my first Montblanc ink, so I’m pretty excited to try it out.

Montblanc Toffee Brown

When I put the pen on paper, it was pure pleasure. The ink flowed moderately wet, and it made the nib glide on paper. When wet, it’s the color of espresso. Rich, dark brown, almost a bit reddish. When it dries, it shows off the most beautiful shading. In natural light, it almost looks like there’s a soft fire glowing inside the strokes. The gradation of colors range from a rich, very dark brown, to a reddish, golden brown. Like luscious toffee. Here are a few close up shots of the writing sample.

Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

The closeup shots don’t do it justice at all. It looks really beautiful in person. I think the closest hue to this I’ve encountered so far is Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi, but Toffee Brown has a redder hue. Diamine Ochre is also a little similar, but that has a bit more yellow in it, I think. It’s not water proof or water resistant.

Overall, it’s a wonderful ink! I wrote a whole page in my journal with it right after testing it out and it looks so beautiful on a full page. Like parts of it are softly glowing. I would love to see this in a stub nib. I’ll make a new post about it once I try that out. I think I’ve found my favorite new brown ink.

Sailor Morita Progear Mini

Sailor Morita Progear Mini (Broad)

The first Sailor pen that I bought was a clear candy, back in 2014 (if I recall correctly). I got another Sailor, a Sapporo Progear Slim last year, and I’m really happy about how the pens write perfectly out of the box. The nib wasn’t soft, but it wrote really smoothly. So I thought I’d get a Morita as well, because I love the color and I enjoy the Sailor pens that I bought so far.

Sailor Morita Progear Mini (Broad)

I was going to get a progear slim again, but I thought I’d try a progear mini this time, and I’m glad I did. This pen is super cute. It’s a little pocket pen that is just a teeny bit longer than a Kaweco Sport.

Sailor Morita Progear Mini (Broad)

When uncapped and posted, they are almost the same size as well, although the end of Sailor’s barrel has threads on it where you can securely screw the cap on. I’m glad they did it this way because it’s not comfortable to hold unposted, and having a place to thread the cap on means that I don’t need to worry about the cap scratching the barrel when I post it. It’s also pretty secure, your hand won’t push the cap off while you write.

Sailor Morita Progear Mini (Broad)

It is about 1.5 cm shorter than a progear slim, and the girth is the same. When capped, the girth is like that of a medium-sized pen, so it’s easy to hold while writing. The length of the section is a bit short (like the progear slim), but it’s the right proportion to the body. Since I hold my pens near the edge of the section anyway, the threads don’t really bother me a lot.

Sailor Morita Progear Mini (Broad)

I really like the color of this pen. It looks like Tiffany blue for me, but after reading about the pen online, it’s called robin’s egg blue. It was made especially for Mr. Morita, of the Morita Pen Shop in Osaka, Japan. The color is said to be based on the ceiling of a cathedral where Mozart performed. I like the combination of robin’s egg blue and rhodium trims.

Sailor Morita Progear Mini (Broad)

Because of the length of the pen, the proprietary Sailor converter doesn’t fit. It uses cartridges instead. I don’t mind it at all, though this might be a deal breaker for people who don’t have the time to refill empty cartridges using a syringe. Here’s a video of the writing sample:

Like I mentioned earlier, the pen just wrote perfectly out of the box. My Sapporo has a medium nib, though being a Japanese medium, it wrote more like a European fine. I chose a B nib this time because I like thicker lines. The Sailor Morita’s B nib writes like a European medium, which is perfect for me. I love it, it glides on paper and has the slightest feedback. It’s really a pleasure to use.

Here are a few more closeups of the different parts of the pen:  Continue reading “Sailor Morita Progear Mini”