What I Bought in 2016: Inks

fountain pen ink bottles

Well, last year I wasn’t happy with myself, because I ended up buying 30 bottles of ink. This year, I did much better. Oh, sure, I still bought a scandalous amount of ink. But not as scandalous. Progress!

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14 thoughts on “What I Bought in 2016: Inks

  1. Yay for ink! I too went on a splurge for Sailor inks in 2016 (6 bottles is splurging for me!). The KWZI Northern Twilight appeals though… let me guess, only limited to certain places in low numbers? Why, ink makers? Why do you treat your customers this way? (Sad face on).

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    1. Yes, KWZ Northern Twilight has already sold out. But that was made for the Toronto Pen Show, so it was the organizers who chose the number of bottles.

      The great news is … who cares? KWZ makes a lot of amazing inks. We can buy different inks! IG Turquoise or IG Blue #6. I love IG Blue #5. And many KWZ reds and maroons are awesome. Two of their greens are favorites: Foggy Green and Rotten Green. Wait: Iron Gall Green Gold — I love that one. Or, if one likes odd browns, KWZ makes a lot of odd browns. πŸ™‚ And Dark Brown, which is a light black, which I prefer to Sailor Doyou. (Waits for lightning to strike her dead, then continues, relieved.) No use lamenting what we can’t have. Instead, let’s enjoy what we can. Each day or ink is a gift.

      And in that spirit, I guess I shouldn’t flagellate myself for buying double the number of Sailor inks you did last year. We’re turning the page now. It’s 2017. πŸ™‚


  2. Happy new year and thank you for another year of pens and inks and other uplifting things. I always compare the price of things to beer – in the U.K. a pint of bitter costs approx $4.50 in the pub and lasts my husband a maximum of 20 minutes. A bottle of beautiful ink may be three times the price but will definitely last longer than an hour. And look good on the desk in the meantime.

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  3. Fewer inks? *FEWER INKS??*

    Oh, girlfriend, you can’t be saying that. You haven’t even gotten into the Robert Oster inks, and you have to get into the Robert Oster inks. We’ll be seeing more of you in the months ahead. No doubt. None. Zip.

    “Fewer”. That was good for a laugh! πŸ™‚

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  4. I love receiving your posts. You mention that you always love Montblanc limited edition inks. I challenge you to purchase Montblanc Miles Davis blue. I have never reacted so negatively to any other ink. The color is so faint that I can’t imagine writing with it or having to read a letter written with it. Keep up the wonderfully composed posts. You’re The Top!

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    1. Thank you! That makes my morning. πŸ™‚

      I am sure you are right about the Miles Davis. That one, the new MB Orange and Ultra Black didn’t make my to-buy list. Now, that said, I was surprised how much I liked Golden Yellow. Even though it’s very light in color, and I have to use a broad nib. Golden Yellow is not the most usable ink — but it’s so attractive. It’s like a butterfly.

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    1. J. Herbin is one of my three favorite brands of ink, though. And Pilot Iroshizuku makes one of the most beautiful ink bottles there is. I just think you can’t go wrong with those. πŸ™‚

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