Tag: pen and ink pairing

6-Pen Lineup for the Week

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I’ve been a very good girl. I haven’t breached my self-imposed “6-pen at a time” rule. Seeing that I have a few new iro inks, I decided to use all of them in my lineup this week, plus a Noodler’s ink because I did not think of buying a green iro ink (facepalm).

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Here’s my line up for this week:
TWSBI Micarta, Medium – Yama-Guri (Wild Chesnut)
Pilot Vanishing Point, Medium – Tsuki-Yo (Moonlight)
Bexley BX802 1.1mm – Yama-Budo (Crimson Glory Vine)
Edison Pearlette, 1.1mm – Ina-Ho (Rice Ear)
Bexley Corona 1.1mm – Asa-Gao (Morning Glory)
Parker 51, Medium – Noodler’s Burma Road Brown (which writes more like a vintage green for my pen’s nib, my favorite Noodler’s ink)

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It’s gonna be a happy, happy week. 🙂

Y U Break My Heart?!

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My absolute favorite ink with the Edison Pearlette is Diamine Sepia. I’ve been having so much fun with this pen and ink combo but I just recently noticed that when used for long writing, it tends to dry out. I thought something was wrong with the pen because the same thing happened when I loaded it with Diamine Macassar.

So I did a lot of troubleshooting on it. After a lot of flossing, flushing, soaking, soaping, and ultrasonic cleaning, the problem still persisted. I realized that after writing two pages, the feed begins to starve. I was getting ready to return it to Scribe when I thought…maybe I can try another ink with it? Something that flows wetter than the brown inks I tried?

So I loaded it with Bilberry and wrote two pages. Lo and behold, it wrote perfectly. This only meant one thing…Pearlette and Diamine Sepia…not an OTP. 🙁 (cue music…where do broken hearts goooo? can they find their way hooooome?)

I loaded the pen with Diamine Ochre and so far, so good. It writes superbly, except that it’s not Sepia. The color of Sepia is perfect for the color of the pen. I’m so saaaad. Oh well, pen geek problems. 🙁 I guess I’m just gonna have to find the perfect brownish-yellowish ink for it. Maybe Iroshizuku Ina-Ho? I guess I’ll find out when I get my order from Create Crafts. 🙂

Pen and Ink One True Pairing: Wahl-Eversharp Skyline and Sailor Miruai

I’m not exactly sure yet why this is true, has always been true in my experience, but some inks just work better with some pens. I had to adjust my expectations because I thought that all kinds of ink would work the same way with all kinds of pens. As it turns out, that’s not always true, not even with the most consistent writers I have in my collection, like Lamy.

I found that some inks flow a bit more “dryer” in some pens and a bit wetter in others. For example, I loaded my Parker 51 demi with Diamine Twilight and the flow wasn’t very good. It wrote in very thin, skipping lines. I thought the pen was broken or clogged up. I cleaned it up and tried again, same result. When I changed the ink to Diamine Onyx Black, lo and behold–it wrote magnificently (and thus started my penchant to collecting Parker 51’s).

Here’s another OTP that I thoroughly enjoyed. Wahl-Eversharp Skyline with Sailor Miruai (Seaweed Indigo).

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The person who sold me the pen actually let me get a fill from his bottle when I bought it. I wrote with the pen until I used up all the ink, and then cleaned it out and used Diamine Twilight with it. Surprisingly, that ink bled through the pages of my journal like crazy. It flowed too thick and wet. I got myself a bottle of Miruai and tried that again (the color of the ink perfectly complements the dark moss green color of the pen). It behaved perfectly. Absolutely no bleed through.

There’s probably a scientific explanation for all that? Maybe? I’m happy to just call it a pen and ink OTP. 🙂