Rohrer & Kligner Cassia ‘Review’

This is the fabled purple I talked about in my sheeny ink post, that one with the beautiful green tint to it. Now you’ll see it not just as a sheeny ink, but as the purple colour itself, which is very nice. This is one of the only inks of this months samples that I’m considering buying a full bottle of, as I really do enjoy it. Have a look, and tell me what you think!


Diamine Mediterranean Sea ‘Review’

I don’t really buy loads of blue inks, I still love Diamine Midnight (and Baystate Blue, but I don’t have a pen for it right now). This blue is a bit of a shifty character, it’s almost nearly very turquoise, but still pulls it off as a blue. It isn’t wholly my cup of tea, but some might like it. It’s very close in colour to the premium-brand Iroshizuku Kon-Peki which many love, but that too is a bit light for me. Take a look.

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ‘Review’

Day three of my second ink week, and I hope you’re all feeling pink, because this one’s a shocker. You may or may not have noticed that the majority of my ink is Diamine brand. This one’s a little different, being a J. Herbin inks. J.H. inks tend to be quite wet inks (high flow) and shade fairly well, and this one does! Now, I’m not huge on pink ink, but if I was I’d go for this one. Just look at it. Actually, looking at it makes me think words like ‘POW’ and ‘SHAZAM’. It really is an awesome colour!

Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin ‘Review’

I’ve said before the green inks rank among my favourite, and I’ve quite a few to my name now! Iroshizuku is premium-brand ink that I’ll only consider buying by the bottle if I really love the ink. I didn’t buy this in a bottle, but received it as part of an ink sample system I’m subscribed to at £5 a month (five or six inks per month!). Chiku-Rin isn’t actually a green I’m wholly taken with. Okay, I’ll just say it – it’s a snot kinda’ green. On some papers it works quite well, but it’s not working 100% for me. Here it is.

Diamine Sepia ‘Review’

I’m currently reading Rustin Petrae’s History of Purga Book One: Dragon, and it’ll be a little while before I can get a review up. I know quite a few people enjoy looking at fountain pen inks (at least, those posts are popular and I receive lots of incoming search terms), so I’m going for another ink week! That’s right, another seven inks for you all to ogle. Each one will be a short summary of why I like a certain ink, or don’t as the case may be. So let’s go shall we?

Diamine Sepia has become one of my favourite inks, which is why it’s occupying Day One. I love sepia toned inks, they’re on a par now with green inks (which were my previous favourites) and maybe on a path to overtake them; with this ink at the lead. Diamine Sepia is a very highly shading brown ink which ranges from a yellowy tone to a deep, true brown, especially in a flex nib. Other sepias I’d like to try include Noodler’s Golden Brown and Private Reserve Sepia.

Sheeny Ink

I’m sure you’re all very happy that I haven’t beguiled you with a lovely post about fountain pens for a while. Well, that’s a shame, because I’ve got one here for you now!

Sheeny ink. No, not shiny ink, sheeny ink. Ink can have many qualities, as I’m sure you know. Colour, shading, saturation, flow, lubrication and so on. One that isn’t heard of so often is sheen. Let’s take a look at the dictionary shall we?

A soft luster on a surface.
Shine or cause to shine softly.

And that’s what it is, really. A ‘sheeny’ ink has a little shine to it. Some are subtle and some are blatant. Some have to be seen on a certain paper under a certain light whilst others are more obvious. Most often, the sheen doesn’t match the colour of an ink. A lot of red inks have a golden sheen, whilst lots of blues have a red sheen. I have a purple with a green sheen. You see, I’ve been interested in sheen for some time. I know the names of inks with sheen and even have a few in my collection, but have never actually seen it. Until a few days ago! In the valentines day card, I was reading what I’d written and saw it – a little sparkle, a little glimmer. I was very, very excited – and it wasn’t even an ink I’d her mentioned for it’s luster. The ink is ‘Rohrer and Kligner Cassia’ (R&K being the brand). It’s an awesome dark purple.. with a green sheen. Here’s my photo:

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Now, my photo isn’t too impressive. It’s an amateur shot of some writing. Take a little look at this, though.

Credit: mhphoto at FPN

Is that not the most beautiful ink going? It’s Diamine’s Sargasso Sea (a blue) and it just shines! And take a little look at this, Diamine Wild Strawberry:

Credit: mhphoto at FPN

If you want to see more of these ink pictures, follow this link to the ink sheen thread at the Fountain Pen Network, a veritable cornucopia of lustrous ink!

If you think shiny ink is the sole province of high-school gel pens, think again. If you use a fountain pen, you could be in for a real treat in using sheeny inks like this. They’re not any more expensive than normal inks, in fact Diamine is one of the cheapest brands going. Just another reason to use fountain pens!

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword – Or is it?

“The pen is mightier than the sword.”

This is a phrase – or quote – we hear often nowadays. It comes from the play Richelieu, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton written in 1839, and has been used by many people since, politicians not least. There are lots of quotes that have sprung from this original phrase. Here are a few of them:

“With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.” Georg Lichtenberg

“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” Terry Pratchett

“The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.” Julia Howe Continue reading