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Review: Birmingham Inks – Andy Warhol – Pop Art Purple

Here’s another Birmingham ink that I tried this week. It’s called Andy Warhol (Pop Art Purple). I was expecting a bold, loud, violently violet color but it turned out to be quite a demure and dusky purple color.

Birmingham Inks - Andy Warhol - Pop Art Purple

At first it looks very similar to Diamine Bilberry when wet, but it gets darker as it dries. After it’s completely dry, it looks more like blue violet. It’s very subdued and nicely saturated. While it’s not exactly a screaming purple ink, it’s something you can use for daily writing, without calling too much attention to it. I would put the flow at dry to moderate, depending on the nib you’re using. It dries up pretty fast, considering that I used a stub nib for this writing sample (obviously, I need to clean my other pens soon, haha). It’s not waterproof but does leave a faint purple line behind. Overall, it does look a bit flat, but it’s something you can use for work or class notes if you want a purple ink that, at first glance, can pass as dark blue. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

Birmingham Inks - Andy Warhol - Pop Art Purple

Birmingham Inks - Andy Warhol - Pop Art Purple

Birmingham Inks - Andy Warhol - Pop Art Purple

Birmingham Inks - Andy Warhol - Pop Art Purple

Birmingham Inks - Andy Warhol - Pop Art Purple

Birmingham Inks - Andy Warhol - Pop Art Purple

Birmingham Inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Review: Birmingham Inks Smithfield St. Bridge – Truss Blue

Here’s another blue Birmingham Ink that I’ve been using for the past few days. It’s Smithfield St. Bridge (Truss Blue). This is another dark blue ink, which looks conservative and behaves pretty well.

Birmingham Inks - Smithfield St. Bridge - Truss Blue

It’s a bit dark when wet, reminds me of the color of Tsuki-yo, but it seems to get a bit lighter as it dries. I used a Waterman Gentleman with a fine nib for this writing sample. It’s a wet, European fine nib, though. I’m very much pleased that the ink flowed so well, even in a fine nib. The drying time is a little over 5 seconds, and the flow is moderate to wet. I like that it’s a very well-behaved ink, it doesn’t feather a lot and it doesn’t clog up even if I don’t use the pen for a few days. Even with a fine nib, I love that it still shows beautiful shading.

The color is dark blue, and it’s not a crazy blue with sheen or anything like that. It’s a straight up blue that’s nicely saturated and conservative-looking enough for you to use even at work. You probably can’t use sheen-y, shimmer-y inks for official documents, but this kind of blue can be a staple for everyday writing.

It’s not water-resistant, though it leaves behind a faint but noticeable purple line. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

Birmingham Inks - Smithfield St. Bridge - Truss Blue

Birmingham Inks - Smithfield St. Bridge - Truss Blue

Birmingham Inks - Smithfield St. Bridge - Truss Blue

Birmingham Inks - Smithfield St. Bridge - Truss Blue

Birmingham Inks - Smithfield St. Bridge - Truss Blue

Birmingham Inks - Smithfield St. Bridge - Truss Blue

Birmingham Inks - Smithfield St. Bridge - Truss Blue

Birmingham inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Review: Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Wow. This is another interesting ink color in the lineup of Robert Oster Signature Inks. Golden Antiqua reminds me so much of Pilot Iroshizuku Ina Ho, except it’s more saturated (more brown than golden yellow) so it’s easier to read. It also reminds me of the color of wheat. It’s a color that reminds me of so many things in nature. Look at that gorgeous shading too. It’s a very eye-catching ink that makes you want to look closer. My first impression of it was now THIS is what golden brown should look like.

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Among the other Robert Oster Inks, this one is just a teeny-tiny bit dry compared to others. It doesn’t have problems with the flow, but it just feels a bit dryer by comparison to the other inks that I tried. I think it’s pretty impressive that these Robert Oster inks all have great flow, all are pretty well-behaved, and they all have really great, vibrant colors. This is a nice, golden brown ink that somehow seems almost like it’s gleaming, even if it has no shimmer. It has gradations of dark golden brown to light golden yellow, which makes for very expressive shading. It also has the slightest, nearly imperceptible silvery sheen if you use a wet nib on good paper It’s very suitable for regular writing, you don’t have to struggle to read it. It’s nicely saturated without losing its beautiful golden hues. Drying time is pretty short, like the other Robert Oster inks that I tried–a bit over 10 seconds even on a wet medium nib and Tomoe River paper. It’s also not water resistant. I wish Robert Oster will make waterproof inks in the future. I would be so down for that. Anyway, here are a few close ups of the writing sample: Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster inks are exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Everything Calligraphy.

Review: Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Now that Fountain Pen Day is officially over (kudos to the staff of SM Aura and volunteers from Fountain Pen Network Philippines for such a wonderful event), I can resume my regular programming. ^_^ Here’s another interesting Robert Oster ink. This one is Dark Chocolate, and it’s such a rich, velvety ink. It’s a purplish brown color, which reminded me of Waterman Havana Brown.

So far, all the Robert Oster inks that I’ve tried are so nice to use in pens. They flow so well and have very vibrant colors. They’re all very interesting. This one is something you can probably use even for work documents, when black and blue inks become a tad boring. It’s nicely saturated and it has such nice shading. It’s not light brown at all, it’s a deep, dark brown. In finer nibs or dry writers, the purplish undertone becomes more apparent.

Like the other Robert Oster inks that I tried, this is so well-behaved. No feathering, it doesn’t feel overly wet. It dries up in about 10 seconds, which is relatively fast, even when used with a medium nib. It’s not waterproof or water resistant, though. Here are a few close up shots of the writing sample:

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

The pen I used was a Kaweco Sport with a medium nib. The paper is white Tomoe River.

Overall, it’s a delightful ink. So far my experience with Robert Oster inks has been pretty awesome. Again, thanks to Everything Calligraphy (the local distributor of Robert Oster inks in the Philippines) for the samples.

Review: Robert Oster Jade

Here’s another Robert Oster Signature Ink that I’ve been using these past few days, thanks to samples sent by Everything Calligraphy. It’s such a pleasant surprise because It’s a very nice, eye-catching shade of green. Robert Oster Jade is exactly how I want a jade-colored ink to be. It’s a  brilliant, vibrant, jade green with expressive shading that mimics the complexity and depth of jade stone.

Robert Oster Jade

My first impression of this ink is that it’s so, so gorgeous. I noticed that it gets a bit darker after it’s had a bit of time to dry, though. Even while it’s wet, it looks like a brilliant shade of green.

Robert Oster Jade

If you look at the swab samples, you’ll see that the lightest part of the swab is a pretty shade of light yellow-green, though not too light as to make it unreadable or difficult to read. Like the other Robert Oster inks that I tried, I like how this ink looks really vibrant on the page, and how it flows really well without misbehaving. It flows good without getting all bleed-y on paper. This is a moderate flow, and it dries relatively fast. Around 10-15 seconds on Tomoe River paper with a wet, medium nib. It’s not very water-resistant, though. I think I’ll need a full bottle of this color. I’d love to see more of this in my journal. Here are a few more close ups of the writing samples:

Robert Oster Jade

Robert Oster Jade

Robert Oster Jade

Robert Oster Jade

Robert Oster Jade

Overall, it’s a very interesting color. It flows very nicely, and it’s a pleasure to use. I tried it in my fine-nibbed Sheaffer Tuckaway and it just flowed so beautifully. I love it a lot.

Robert Oster inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Review: Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Here’s another Robert Oster Signature Ink that I tried last week, Crimson. My first impression was that it didn’t look like an extremely red ink. When it’s wet, it looks more like dark old rose, but it gets darker as it dries.

Robert Oster Crimson

Like the other Robert Oster inks that I’ve been using these past couple of weeks, I find this color to be rather easy on the eyes. It’s vibrant but also a bit muted at the same time. It’s not a screaming, angry kind of red, but a more reserved, muted red.

I really like how it feels in the pen that I used. It flows moderately wet, but doesn’t feel like it’s too wet. It doesn’t bleed or feather much and it’s really well-behaved. It dries pretty quickly (between 10-15 seconds on a wet, medium nib) and has a bit of shading. It’s a gorgeous ink and is really easy to read because it’s nicely saturated and easy on the eyes. It’s not very water resistant, though. I like that like the other Robert Oster inks that I tried, this one’s color stays vibrant on paper even when it’s dry. It doesn’t appear washed out and has a lovely way of popping out of the page. For people who would like to use it in pen and wash drawings, the ink does wash very nicely.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Signature inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Review: Robert Oster Signature Ink – Khaki

Robert Oster

I received a few ink samples of Robert Oster Signature Inks from Everything Calligraphy to review several days ago, and of course I made a bee line for the first green ink that caught my eye–Khaki.

Robert Oster - Khaki

I’m very excited to try this brand of ink because I’ve never tried this before. I inked up my Parker 75 and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the ink looked on paper. At first glance, it looks a little similar to Diamine Safari, except that it’s a bit more golden, or it has more hints of yellow. It straddles the line comfortably between green and brown, and I love the rich, earthiness of the color. It washes quite well too, if you’re thinking of using the ink for that application. It has some shading, though it’s not what I’d call overly expressive. I really like that it flows so well without bleeding through or feathering.

It’s a very well-behaved ink, and I’d put the flow to a moderate to wet. Even when I used it with a fine nib, it just glides on paper. It’s so much fun to use. It dries relatively fast too, between 5-10 seconds in a fine nib on tomoe river paper. It’s not very water-resistant, though. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Overall, I love the color. Not exactly something you can use for work, but it’s nicely saturated enough for everyday writing. I’ve written a few journal entries with my sample, and I’m really enjoying how it pairs so well with cream-colored paper. It’s just so beautiful!

Robert Oster Signature inks are exclusively available at Everything Calligraphy.

Ink Review: Akkerman Hopjesbruin

I’ve been hearing about these Akkerman inks for a while, but since they’re not locally available, I never really looked into them. When Stationer Extraordinaire opened a pre-order of these inks, I signed up just to try out the brand. Also, I figured if I didn’t like the ink, at least the bottle would be interesting. Coincidentally, the color I picked matched the pen I bought for my birthday (but I’ll save that for another post). When I got the Akkerman ink that I ordered, I was really happy with the bottle and the box. I love the vintage vibe to everything about it.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

Isn’t that gorgeous? It’s the kind of bottle you’d put on a desk for decorative purposes. The bottle also isn’t just beautiful, it’s also practical. I wish more ink manufacturers will make their bottles with openings that are convenient even for big pens. The neck of the bottle has this ball stopper that makes that portion an ink collector. It will be much easier for your pen to fill up on the last drops of your precious ink if you have an ink collector like this.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

As for the ink itself, I love it a lot. It’s the shade of brown that I really, really like. Reminds me of honey. It’s brown with some tones of yellow, similar to Pelikan Edelstein Amber, but less yellow than that. It’s a lot easier to read.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

I like this kind of brown because it’s less serious-looking than dark browns. Less business-like and more complex and lighthearted. The color is probably not suitable for writing official/work documents, but I’ve been writing my journal entries with it since I got it, I like it a lot. It’s like a mixture of caramel, amber, golden brown, and sepia. It has an aged,warm feel to it. If you try it on more porous paper, it appears darker.

I would recommend using it with a wet writer because the flow is dry to moderate. It also dries up fast, between 10 to 15 seconds on a medium nib. It’s not very waterproof,  but I already expected that. I tried writing on cream-colored paper and oh. My. Gosh. It’s just so gorgeous. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

Overall, it’s an instant favorite! Love at first sight. 🙂

Review: J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

Here’s another ink sample I got through Everything Calligraphy. J. Herbin’s Violette Pensee (Violet Thought). It’s a nice violet ink with strong blue undertones. In person, the blue component of the ink is a bit less obvious. It’s really more like a muted purple. It’s pretty easy on the eyes, not an extremely vibrant, highly-saturated purple. I took several photos of it but it always looks more ambiguous on photo than in person.

The flow is pretty good, quite wet actually. It takes a good 25-30 seconds when I used it with my Cross Century II, which is one of my wettest medium nib. There’s some shading to it too. Here are a few close ups:

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

Not exactly water resistant, though it leaves a very faint blue line behind.

Overall, I would use this for daily writing. There are some shades of purple that I just can’t tolerate because they look a lot like those stamp pad inks in offices. This is a more muted kind of purple. It flows wet, though. Takes a few seconds to dry. People who are in a hurry to take notes might find the dry time too long. Of course that depends on the paper and the nib that you use.

Ink Review: J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

I got a sample of J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis (Tears of Black Currant) from Everything Calligraphy a couple of weeks ago. I’m not too big on purple or purplish inks, I admit I’m still hung up on Bilberry and J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune but it’s always great to try new ink colors.

My first impression on J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis is that it doesn’t really look like black currant. That would actually be a super cool ink color, though. It looks more like ube.

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

It starts out looking light and a bit too timid, but it gets darker as it dries. It’s not a bold purple, but it’s not too soft-looking either. I’m not sure if it’s just because I used it with a stub, but it doesn’t offer too much shading. Some people will like that, but I like my inks very shade-y.

The flow is pretty wet, and it took about 20 seconds for the ink to dry on Tomoe River paper. It’s not an extremely complex-looking ink, there’s no sheen or distinctly ambiguous undertones. It’s just a pretty shade of soft purple. It’s saturated enough to use for daily writing, it’s not hard to read. It’s a well-behaved ink that takes just a tad longer to dry. It’s also not water resistant. It leaves a very faint blue line behind, but most of the color washed away after a 30 second soak.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

It’s really like writing with liquid ube. Now I’m hungry. Overall, it’s a pleasant purple ink. The kind that grows on you as you use it.