ink between the teeth

Jan 15, 2018

my top five inks of 2017, and some other thoughts

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Happy new year, everybody! Okay, seems a bit strange to say this two weeks into the new year, and after I posted last week, but you know how it is. I took a quick break to spend time with my family over my holiday break, and I'm ready to jump into 2018 with a post thinking about the old year—strange, I know. But I own about thirty inks, give or take, which is pretty much too many inks for one person to use in a sensible period of time. You know... they're just so tempting. I figured it's been a while since I really took a look at my collection and thought about my favorites, the inks I want to use every time I fill a pen.

Jan 8, 2018

review: twsbi diamond 540, and the pendleton brown custom flex nib

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Stephen Brown—author of the SBREBrown blog—was selling off some pens in September. I've checked his for sale page a couple of times as he's culled the herd, but most were either out of my budget or not particularly interesting. This time around, however, something particular caught my eye: the TWSBI Diamond 540 in amber.

Dec 18, 2017

my pen collection

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I like fountain pens. I mean, you probably already know this: you're on this blog.

I might have too many new pens at this point to really talk about all of them, but I did want to talk a little about my collection as an end of year retrospective, because my two handfuls have shifted and changed over the course of my short fountain pen life.

Several years ago you wouldn't find a single broad nib with me; now, the overwhelming majority of my pens skew towards the wetter, thicker line. I hope this read, although it contains some pens that are no longer available, is pleasant and informative!

Dec 11, 2017

review: robert oster signature motor oil

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Pen Chalet very kindly reached out and offered me a sample of Robert Oster Signature ink in the shade Motor Oil! Let's take a gander.

Dec 4, 2017

review: noodler's antietam

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I'm starting to dive into my personal collection of fountain pen inks with this entry. I've got plenty, so hopefully you'll stick along for the ride!

Nov 27, 2017

review: tag kyo-iro stone road of gion

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Here's the last of my Toronto ink samples! Thanks for waiting, if you've been holding out on these ones. Let's go ahead and get started.

Nov 20, 2017

some ink reviewer recommendations

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A bit of a lighter post for this week, as those of us in the US get ready for Thanksgiving festivities (and I make my way back home for a well-deserved break). I thought I would share with you some of my favorite ink reviewers that I've managed to stumble across. I hope you give them a visit!

Wondernaut does some of the best ink reviews I've ever seen, with a level of depth and technical knowledge (they have gradient swatches—whaaat?) that I would be amazed if I could do even a fraction of.

Kelli McCown at Mountain of Ink also does some incredibly detailed reviews, using multiple kinds of paper as well as some gorgeous handwriting to show off shading and sheen. They're also one of the most prolific reviewers I've ever seen, with a post practically every day.

And you're probably following Fountain Pen Inks & Bleach's Nick Stewart already, but just in case you haven't, they're your go-to for some of the more artistic ink review. It's all in the title: by applying bleach to inks, you can get some pretty sweet results.

I get far too many redirects to this humble blog from Ana Reinert at The Well-Appointed Desk to not point you in their direction. While Ana doesn't focus specifically on inks, I still appreciate the perspective from a fellow lefty.

There are tons more reviewers out there that certainly don't get enough credit, but this post would stretch for miles if I got the chance. Let me know if you have recommendations for excellent pen, ink, and paper blogs; I'm always looking to add to my Feedly.

I'll see you back on the blog here next week!

Nov 13, 2017

five months with the stalogy 365 a6 notebook

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I've been using a bullet journal since July 2017. I'm a fairly recent convert, but my planner has changed quite a bit since the first time I drew out a habit tracker. Shall we take a dive?