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Ink Swab: De Atramentis Black Green (Deepwater Obsession)


I got this bottle from Everything Calligraphy because I thought, hey another dark green ink! It is a bit surprising, though. The color isn’t exactly what I would call dark green, but rather a moderately dark moss green.


I loaded it up in my Parker 51, which has a medium nib and is usually a moderately wet writer. My first impression was that it wrote a bit on the dry side.


It also dried up pretty fast (about 15 seconds or less). I think it’s more of a moss green ink because it has some grayish undertones to it. I think De Atramentis Jane Austen and Diamine green black are closer to my idea of a green-black ink. This ink is just not dark enough to be called black-anything.


Anyway, I did like this ink too because it’s a nice shade of green. This strange misnomer aside, I think that this ink’s grayish, subdued shade is quite attractive. It doesn’t pop out of the page, and my first thought when I tried it out was that my dad would have loved this ink.

Being a dry-flowing ink, it’s best to use it with wet writers. It’s not waterproof (it is a standard ink, after all), but it leaves a gray outline on the paper when smeared with water. I like the close up shots of the writing sample, it shows some shading that emphasizes the grayish undertones with the muted green color.

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Used in this review:
Pen – Parker 51 Aerometric, Medium nib
Ink – De Atramentis Black Green from Everything Calligraphy

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Jane Austen


This bottle was part of the batch I preordered a while back through Everything Calligraphy. I have to say that I am soooo happy with the inks I chose for that preorder period. I think this bottle of Jane Austen is my favorite, and not just because it’s a green colored ink (I’ve never met a green ink I did not like).


I generally prefer olive greens to other kinds of green ink. I was a little hesitant about this color at first because I thought it lacked depth and wasn’t very interesting-looking. Then I got it through the courier, inked up my Bexley Corona with it, and I was so pleasantly surprised at how striking this color is.


It is a vibrant dark green. It reminds me of green velvet used for Christmas decors because the color it leaves on the page looks thick and soft. It writes as a very wet, glistening dark green and dries to a vibrant color with beautiful shading. I used this pen with the 1.1 mm nib, it gave me such expressive, beautiful shading that I found it hard to stop writing. It’s like painting with words, really.


The ink behaves well. I’ve been using it for days and the flow is good. I would say it has a consistent moderate flow. It’s not prone to nib creep, either. I like the saturation of this ink. It’s not too much of a dark green that makes it nearly indistinguishable from black unless under certain kinds of light…no, this ink is undoubtedly green. It’s obvious and unapologetic in being Christmas-y green. The shading is a darker shade of green. I like that it doesn’t seem to have pronounced undertones of other colors. It makes the shade look less complex, yes, but that has a certain appeal to it too.

I would definitely use this for daily writing. It’s easy to read, pleasant to use, and dries up really nice without losing its vibrant color, even in more absorbent paper. It’s not waterproof, nor is it remarkably water resistant. it dries a bit slow (20 seconds, more or less). I don’t mind, though, it’s gorgeous! A few close up shots of the beautiful shading:

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Used in this review:
Pen (not in the photos above) – Bexley Corona, 1.1mm steel nib
Ink – De Atramentis Jane Austen from Everything Calligraphy

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Thomas Alva Edison


This ink was preordered a while back through Everything Calligraphy and I must admit that I was curious because I wanted to have an ink with my namesake on it. My mom got my first name from this famous historical personality. Also, it seemed to be a nice dark red ink. It’s a little hard to determine if the color is really good or not based on online swabs because there’s not a lot of it out there. In any case, I still preordered it and when I got it last weekend, I was surprised at how beautiful this ink was.


I paired it with my Cross Century II (medium nib) and it was perfect. The flow was awesome on this pen. My first impression was that it looked similar to Yama Budo but it wasn’t exactly the same. It was also a nice, vibrant shade of magenta but more on the red side. As it dries, it becomes slightly more pink.


Surprisingly, even if the flow is beautifully wet, it dries up quickly. I think lefties are gonna love this. It’s so much fun to use when taking notes because it’s nicely saturated, it flows so well, and it’s not so pink that it’s hard to look at on a page. It’s actually quite subdued in color and when you use it with a wet nib, the shading is pretty dark. It reminds me of rose petals that are a richer shade of crimson towards the middle of the flower.

Here is a comparison between De Atramentis Thomas Alva Edison, R&K Alt Bordeaux and Iroshizuku Yama Budo (in that order, from left to right).


For the kind of saturation it has, the shading is pretty awesome. It gives off a nice color variation because the shading is pretty expressive. Here are a few close up shots of it.

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Overall, the ink is so pleasant to use because the flow is wonderful (I would consider it a moderate to wet-flowing ink). It well-behaved, dries fast, and though it’s not very water resistant it does leave a red outline behind when exposed to some drops of water. I like it especially when paired with white paper. Definitely a must-have for magenta-colored ink lovers.

In this review:
Pen – Cross Century II Medalist, Medium
Ink – De Atramentis Thomas Alva Edison from Everything Calligraphy

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Coffee Ink


What is it about the scent of coffee that is so comforting and makes you want to drink it, like a reflex action? Haha. I took a whiff of this ink from the bottle and I had a mental image of myself sipping it. It smells like a nice cup of espresso. I took out my TWSBI Micarta and inked it up right away.


My first impression of the ink is that it flows so well. I expected it to take a long time to dry, but I was surprised to see that it only took about 10 seconds. I tried it on different kinds of paper and always came out with 10 seconds or a tiny bit more. That’s pretty awesome. Like my other De Atramentis inks so far, this ink writes wet. It’s so pleasant to write with because it glistens on paper and the nib just practically glides because the ink flow is excellent.

The scent of coffee fades after a while, but it makes the writing experience pretty interesting. While I wrote, I keep on smelling that wonderful scent of coffee. It has this relaxing effect on me because I often associate coffee-drinking with my quiet times writing in my journal and reading.


The color of the ink is a very pleasant, rich brown with a slightly reddish tint. It looks more like chocolate, I think. Like many brown inks, this looks perfect for daily writing.


It’s not water proof but it does leave a light brown impression when it comes in contact with water. It does not creep on the nib, and what’s remarkable is that the ink does not show through or feather too much in cheap paper. My least fp-friendly paper took it well, surprisingly. Also, the shading is gorgeous! Take a look at the close up shots of the writing sample:

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All in all, I think it’s a great brown ink. I love the flow, I love that it dries quickly, I love how expressive the shading is, and of course I love how it smells!

In this review:
Ink is De Atramentis Coffee from Everything Calligraphy
Pen is TWSBI Micarta with a cursive italic nib by Pentangeli
Paper is some loose paper I found lying around, because I ran out of my favorite paper sheets for my ink reviews. 🙁

Unfinished: 2063 E. Pascua St.


It’s been a while since I last tried to finish a drawing. This one is unfinished and will remain unfinished because *sob* I dropped my favorite drawing pen and bent the nib’s tines before I could even finish this.

This is a drawing of the street where we grew up. The house on the foreground was where we lived for several years. It’s a pretty colorful community. The house was already run down when we were living there, and it looked different the last time we passed by it (last week), but it’s still hanging in there. Times were tough while we were growing up, we had very humble beginnings. My parents and brothers were the best, though. That’s the best part of my childhood memories. Hay, 2063 E. Pascua. I’ll always remember you and the lessons I learned there.

Also, RIP my little Pilot Birdie. Thanks for the memories. 🙁

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Document Ink Green


I’ve always been a little curious about document inks, though I never bought one before now. The last one I tried through a friend’s sample clogged up my pen constantly. Perhaps it’s because of the saturation level. I needed to prime the nib a lot to get it writing well. Since I had a pretty good experience with De Atramentis’ regular inks, I thought that I’d buy my first document ink through Elias Notebooks (official distributor of De Atramentis inks in the Philippines).

I was a little thrown off by it because the ink looked a little…milky. It didn’t look like how regular fountain pen looked. I thought it would look weird on paper. I guess that’s just how document inks look. I inked up my Cross Century II (medium) with it not just for the writing sample but for daily use.


I was surprised to see that it looked a lot like Diamine’s green black. I was a little afraid that it would look like a generic tech pen green. This one’s a rich, deep dark green.


I think it is a gorgeous shade of green–velvety, dark, nicely saturated. It is also surprisingly wet-flowing. I would definitely have no qualms using this with fine nibs (which I will do as soon as I use up my fill in this pen). With a medium nib, it feathers and bleeds through a bit of Muji’s paper. I used Elias for this review, though. So there’s no bleed through or feathering, but the flow is very generous. Even after not using it overnight, it started right up, no hard-starting.


Since I used a wet medium nib for this review, the ink took some time to dry, though. The main advantage of using document inks is that it is water proof. So I subjected it to the usual drip test which (as you can see from the photo above) it passed with flying colors. I subjected it to several water tests:



I soaked the paper in water for several minutes, even hosed it down until the paper almost got torn apart. The ink stayed on the paper, and it looked as vibrant as before. That is just impressive. It’s my first bottle of document ink and I am just blown away with how resilient it is to water.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

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Used in this review:
De Atramentis Document Ink, Green – From Elias Notebooks
Large Dot Grid Journal from Elias Notebooks
Cross Century II, Medium

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Olive Green

De Atramentis Olive Green - Distributed by Elias Notebooks in the Philippines

I’ve always had a soft spot for brown and green inks, but I am almost always infatuated with olive greens. So when I saw this color in Elias Notebook‘s line up of new De Atramentis inks for sale, I snapped it up (my precioussssss!) and it arrived yesterday afternoon.

De Atramentis Olive Green - Distributed by Elias Notebooks in the Philippines

De Atramentis is one of the oldest ink-manufacturers in the world. It’s not what you would call an inexpensive fountain pen ink, but I think there’s good reason for that. My first impression when I saw the ink is that the bottle is very pretty. I like that the opening is wide enough to comfortably fit large pens even at an angle, while filling.

De Atramentis Olive Green - Distributed by Elias Notebooks in the Philippines

I used a Parker 75 with a #63 nib on this. You can see that the writing is fine, but (oh joy) the ink flows wet. The flow is so excellent that it writes so smoothly in an extra fine nib. The shading is also very beautiful. I read one review that described this color as olives in different shades, and I think that’s pretty accurate.

It’s not water proof, though like De Atramentis Van Dyck, it leaves a blackish mark where the ink color used to be.

De Atramentis Olive Green - Distributed by Elias Notebooks in the Philippines

I’m pretty much in love with this ink. It is different from Diamine Dark Olive (POGI) because its shading offers more complex colors of olive green. Of course it does not diminish my love for POGI, they’re just a bit different. The flow is incredible and I’m surprised that even with an extra fine nib, the shading is wonderfully expressive. Below are a few closeup shots of the writing sample.

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If you’re looking for an expressive green ink that has complex shades of olive green which has good saturation and does not look boring, this…is…it! It’s very nicely saturated, not too light and not too dark. The moderate saturation really makes the character of the ink shine through. It’s pretty good for everyday writing. It’s incredibly gorgeous and I love it a lot!

Below is a scan of the writing sample.

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Used in this review:
Ink – De Atramentis Olive Green (From Elias Notebooks)
Paper – Elias Notebook, large, dot grid
Pen – Parker 75 with a #63 nib

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Van Dyck Brown

I got my first two De Atramentis ink bottles from Elias Notebooks yesterday afternoon. Of course I got a brown and a green ink. I was trying to decide over this brown or Khaki, but since I haven’t found too many reviews of this ink online, I decided to be adventurous and try this out instead. After all, I haven’t yet met a brown ink that I didn’t like. I’m so happy that Elias brought this ink in the Philippines. It’s always great to have more options for fountain pen users in the country. I haven’t been able to try this ink before because I can only buy it online, and the shipping and taxes would have made the purchase too expensive.

This morning I made writing samples of this ink and I have to say that I’m very pleased with it. I wrote the review using a Parker 75 with a #65 nib. Even with a fine nib, you can definitely see how expressive the shading is. The flow is excellent. It’s a wet flowing ink and (quite surprisingly) it dries fast too.

This brown reminds me of light brown-colored horses, though the name of the ink was probably derived from a photographic printing process called Van Dyke Brown. In medium nibs, the ink is decidedly darker, though the saturation is not so dark that you cannot tell at first glance that it’s a brown ink. It’s not water proof, though it leaves behind a blackish outline of what you wrote.

I absolutely love the shading of this ink. In a fine nib, it has a silvery-brown quality to it. Here are a few close ups of the shading:


It’s a conservative brown with expressive shading. It’s great for everyday writing and it’s a very well-behaved ink. It’s not prone to nib creep and when using a fine nib, it doesn’t feather too much on thinner, cheaper paper. Overall, I really like this brown. Below is a scan of the writing sample:

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Used in this review:
Ink – De Atramentis Van Dyck Brown (From Elias Notebooks)
Paper – Elias Notebooks (Dot Grid, Large)
Pen – Parker 75 with a #65 nib (Fine)
Maroon Pen Slip – Elias Notebooks