Saturday, March 12, 2011

Typecast: The wisdom of crowds (and an ink review)

Now that the Dunas has been inked with Black Swan (using a syringe to fill up an empty cartridge), I love it and use it often. Applying a little pressure produces quasi-calligraphy as shown, although the empty spots are where the ink didn't keep up with my writing; I don't mind though. Far from ruining the nib (it's not a very expensive pen, in any case), it has now become a very wet fine (shows off the ink nicely) and does not dry out when left uncapped for a few minutes.

Paper towel test revealing "black swan" with a halo of "Australian roses". A pile of steeped hibiscus tea in the center for comparison. I don't drink it often, but it's a real treat when I get around to making it and I like that it seems like something one of my literary heroines, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, would do - sit on her porch in Botswana with a steaming mug of hibiscus tea (as a change from her usual bush tea, that is).

The funny thing is that after writing this review, I wrote a line of Black Swan and compared it to a line of Diamine Syrah, and they are virtually identical! No wonder I liked this so much. On a paper towel, the Syrah is quite boring - the color is even throughout.

Now I am all "burgundied" out... off to rest my eyes with some blue. I have a couple of letters I should get to writing!

6 comments:

  1. I will just have to break down and order some ink online. Love that color.

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  2. Ironically, I just pulled out my SM9 and updated my blog with it. But don't get jealous, its a late-model. No script logo, no turquoise & white and a rather bland typeface...

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  3. Goodness that such a beautiful color. But I don't have the money for something like that! Then again...I might just have to buy it anyway and forgot my eventual dollhouse another week, haha.

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  4. Ahhh, Paris. I have both an SM-9 and a Hermes 3000. While the SM-9 is great... I still think the 3000 is overall a better machine.

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  5. Hi Adwoa! Beautiful color. Being well saturated and with excellent density, I like Noodlers' inks a lot (a good change from the usual big firms' regular staple of "watery" inks), but make sure you clean the nib and feeder before storage, to prevent clogging.

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  6. Thanks for the kind comments!

    Ruy - I will definitely keep that in mind. I try to give all my pens a good soak between inks, but I shall certainly remember to do that with all my Noodler's inked pens! I feel like such a newbie to their inks, and the few I have so far I absolutely love. Great that they come in such generous bottles.

    (By the by, a letter is winging your way as I write... :-))

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