What are you using today?


Parker 45 with Colorverse Voyager 1 Pale Blue Dot

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The pen I inked up to use today is an Opus 88 Demonstrator and I’m using Graf von Faber-Castell Moss Green (came in the mail today)

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Wonderful ink Peter and I put it in my Pilot Custom 74 with a Soft Medium Nib and the combination is a perfect balance. That is such an interesting green and I am so glad you showed it off. What is curious is the paper you used. I have never used a paper with such a high gsm. Is that available only in Europe as I have not seen it on any online pen site in the US or UK. Also I have never seen the paper in a notebook either. Why did you choose it and do you like it? Is it gr.or gsm? Is it a photo paper?

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Yes @BarbaraNZ, it’s an interesting ink indeed. When I gently shake it up it looks like a rich dark green but as the ink begins to settle it seems that it’s a slightly “cold” green, it has a touch more blue in it. On the paper it has some shading. It shades from a true dark green to almost ebony. If I apply 3 layers a purple-black sheen becomes visible as well.

Yes, it is gsm (= grams per square meter) but sometimes people use just grams which is not exact but that is language in everyday practice :slight_smile: The paper on my photo is from a block of A6 papers. I use these for drawing personalised postcards. I draw on one side, write the address and place the stamp on the other. Since it is thick, it can survive being sent via snail-mail :slight_smile:

It has white, brown (recycled) and black papers in it.

I’m sure you can find high-gsm paper in New Zealand as well. Try shops specialised for stationery or ones that supply materials for painters. High gsm means that the paper is heavier and bends less easily. The weight of the paper does not necessary say anything about its material, quality or fountain pen-friendliness. A high gsm paper can have thick fibres or thin fibres, can have some kind of coating or not and so on. If the material is the same a thicker paper is less prone to bleed-through. Usually thicker papers are better, at least they have more material to them than a cheap 70 gsm office paper. But then again there are such papers like the 60 gsm thin Tomoe River which behaves amazingly well with fountain pens. On the other hand postcard papers are notoriously a hit-or-miss with fountain pens. Recycled papers usually have thicker fibres and fountain pen ink tends to feather & bleed through significantly more.

All in all: heavier papers usually have different use cases, that’s all :slight_smile:

Thanks Peter that was a wonderful explanation. Being a Californian living in New Zealand talking to you in Europe has such interesting differences and even though I have lived here for years I still struggle sometime with the way we all differ. I will investigate the paper offerings here and because paper can be expensive I do use a 100 gsm laser copy paper that is much like Clairefontaine with a decent coating that makes for excellent letter writing.
Also I have not shook my Moss Green Ink bottle so I see that I may get some interesting outcomes when I do. Again the paper tutorial was ‘such fun!’ (Been watching too much “Miranda” the sitcom from the UK that is on You Tube.)

Hello! I’m a bit new here, so I apologize for “barging in” on this thread like this. I hope everyone is doing well. That high-gsm paper almost looks like what we call “kraft paper” (spelled just like that) here in the USA. There is a hobby store chain here called “Hobby Lobby” that sells…or at least they used to sell…similar do-it-yourself post cards that were similar in size to an A6 notepad. I think I still have a few of them myself. I always use roller balls or gel-pens on them because it stands out better on the dark brown “grocery sack” style paper.

For my part, here are the 2 pens I’ve been using today. Today is July 4 in the USA, the day of our annual Independence Day celebration, so the Retro 51 Tornado “Betsy” Rollerball seemed appropriate. :slight_smile: Have a good evening!

John, in Southwest Missouri, USA “flyover country”

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I love Ginkgo Biloba trees & leaves so this Colorverse ink set was a must

The yellow ink is nice and saturated. The brown one has a cinnamon-like colour and dries very slowly.

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Whoa nice pic! Colorverse inks are also soo good! :smiley:

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London Fog is the pen of this week, inked with Fire and Ice.

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Well Peter you know I love your doodles. I agree with Mate @pennonia such a nice picture. Also I have two FC Looms and have not seen the orange red cap one. Very nice and fun to see. I have so many inks that I am not going to do Colorverse but they look really beautiful. A paint brush for swabbing ink that is novel. I just do the kew tip or is that cue tip method and I love seeing other ideas. Thanks. B

Right now I’m trying to finish my bottle of Pelikan 4001 turquoise. I had about 10ml left and couldn’t really fill a pen from the bottle anymore. I decanted it all into sample vials and then decided to just fill up some pens! It turns out I have a thing for demonstrators! :wink:

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Nice flock of pens. What are they?
I have over 4 dozen of inks but I haven’t managed to empty any of the bottles yet (Akkerman Passageblauw is the closest) :smiley:

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From left to right: Moonman C1, PenBBS 456 (with FPR Ultra Flex nib), Wing Sung piston filler (Pilot 78G knock off), Pelikan M205 (the clear LE), PenBBS 355.

Oh, and finishing an Akkerman bottle will be quite the achievement! Those are pretty big.

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Montblanc The Beatles Psychedelic Purple is a great vibrant saturated medium purple ink. It does shade some depending on the paper, and does not have sheen unless you pour ink on the paper. I’ve been thinking about buying this for a long time because I like The Beatles. I kept postponing the purchase because MB L.E. inks are quite pricey and I have tons of inks anyway. Over time I got concerned that this L.E. will run out so I checked a few reviews whether the ink might be interesting or is it just the packaging. The sample photos looked promising so I ended up buying this ink and I’m really happy about it. It’s a fun ink that pops out while also behaves quite well except for some bleed through on less FP ink friendly paper.

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Today’s pen & inks:

  • The Nakaya Piccolo Writer (soft medium) with Montblanc Chinese Blue
  • Pelikan M101n (Fritz Schimpf Fine Italic) sporting Fritz Schimpf Fritzrot

Both inks are really growing on me, so do the nibs of the pens. I get a lot of journalling done, because I desperately want to put those pens to good use.

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That’s a nice Pelikan! and that red and blue ink go so well together :smiley: It looks like I gotta get some Fritzrot in the future.

What other inks are the two inks comparable to?
I wanted to try out Fritzrot for a while now. :slight_smile:
I also wonder how the new blue MBs look in person, MB really went overkill with new inks this year. :smiley:

Hi @nahlinse, glad to have you here as well. :slight_smile:

The EDC of my rainy friday :slight_smile:

Someone recently showed me that his Duofold Centennial nib made a squeeky noise while writing. The nib of my Duofold International does sing too :slight_smile: What do you think about “singing” nibs?

I’m in autumn mood today :slight_smile:

I’ve bought this beautiful Twiss hybrid wood-epoxy resin pen at the Tilburg Pen Show along with the Montblanc James Purdey & Sons Single Malt ink. I’ve always wanted a wooden pen but I was too afraid that this living-breathing porous material can get stained easily. So my first (partly) wooden pen has a hard coating that completely seals the wood. This sort of freezes the time and gives a spectacular and vibrant snapshot of the wood. The lighter areas are the outer regions of the wood cross section. All this nicely juxtaposed by the amazing looks of the deep dark lilac resin with swirls of bright Mica powder specks in it.

John Twiss makes these pens with Jowo #6 nibs available from EF to OB in steel or gold. Mine is a steel EF that was hand-tuned by John so it works well.

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