Things That Are Purple

KWZ Brown-Pink ink

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.

Things I Don’t Want to Do

Pelikan M600 Ruby Red and Pelikan M400 White Tortoise fountain pens

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.

Pen of the Day: Pelikan M600 Pink

Pelikan M600 Pink fountain pen

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.

Pelikan M600 Pink fountain pen and Diamine Carnation ink

I think Diamine Carnation is a perfect spring pink.

Pelikan M600 Pink fountain pen

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.


Pen of the Day: Aurora Optima Demonstrator

Aurora Optima chrome demonstrator fountain pen

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.

Aurora Optima chrome demonstrator fountain pen

There’s not much to say about this fantastic pen, except that it’s really perfect.

Aurora Optima chrome demonstrator fountain pen with Waterman Serenity Blue ink

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.

A Few Thoughts, No Pens


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