I’ve just starting testing KWZ Brown-Pink ink. It’s a really fun color. Mostly because even though it’s called Brown-Pink, to me it’s purple in disguise.
Just look at it. Purple, right?
I think KWZ must make the most surprising brown inks ever. The other KWZ brown ink I’ve tested is KWZ Dark Brown. Which to me is basically black.
I love it. Just like the proverbial box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get.
The pen cup runneth over. I have way too many pens inked.
The truth is, I’ve finished my review of KWZ Red #1 ink, which is in the Pelikan M600 Ruby Red. And I’ve finished deciding whether I should buy a full bottle of the Pelikan Edelstein Amber in the M400 White Tortoise. (Yes.)
So I pulled these two from the overstuffed pen cup Monday, to make room. But they’ve been sitting there ever since.
You know you like a pen and ink when you can’t make yourself empty them.
Pelikan M600 Pink with fine nib. What could be more springy than the Pink Pelikan? Probably only filling the Pink Pelikan with pink ink. Now that’s turning spring up to 11.
I think Diamine Carnation is a perfect spring pink.
The pen is really a raspberry sort of pink. But not an actual raspberry: it’s like a raspberry pink dye. Raspberry-colored shiny plastic product. Raspberry-flavored hard candy.
And let’s not forget the Pink Pelikan comes in the Box of Bad Taste.
So I think the Pink Pelikan goes to 11 all by itself, really.
KWZ Red #1. This is a rich, sumptuous red ink that is also very well-behaved. It’s a red, not a burgundy, but it is a red with some of the strength of a burgundy.
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Hey, look what I found in my Easter basket: two Lamy Safaris from Line Friends.
Cuteness overload, I know. But let’s revel in it, just for one day.
Aurora Optima demonstrator with fine nib. It is Italian Pen Week here at Fountain Pen Follies. Actually, I have no other inked pens that haven’t already been Pens of the Day. But Italian Pen Week sounds better. Lemons to lemonade, that’s my motto.
There’s not much to say about this fantastic pen, except that it’s really perfect.
Right now the pen contains Waterman Serenity Blue, so I could compare a standard blue ink color to KWZ Iron Gall Green Gold. Serenity Blue is a darn good ink: well-behaved in most pens, well-behaved on most papers. And it’s safe for this beautiful Aurora.
KWZ Iron Gall Green Gold. This is another KWZ iron gall with excellent behavior, in a khaki color that is soft, but legible, and looks like a lovely bit of nature distilled into an ink.
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Yesterday was a sad day. I was working on an ink review post, but it didn’t seem as important. So here are words I like from other people. Two wonderful writers and a wonderful musician.
“I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your un-dumb letters, would never write so elementary phrase as that; perhaps you wouldn’t even feel it.” – Vita Sackville-West, letter to Virginia Woolf
“Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.” – Maya Angelou
“We gon’ be alright.” – Kendrick Lamar
Omas Vintage Paragon Arco Verde with extra-fine nib. I would be the first person to tell you that green is not my favorite color. But some of my most beautiful pens are green, including this one.
This is not a vintage Omas: rather, Omas continued to produce this older body style in limited editions denominated “Vintage Paragon” after changing the Paragon to a larger pen with metal section.
Arco celluloid came in brown or green. It shimmers as it catches the light. There’s not much like it.
In celebration of the spring, I’m using the lovely Caran d’Ache Delicate Green. It’s light and bright, but legible even from an extra-fine nib.