I love Papier Plume Pecan, but don’t ask me about the name. I know they have pecan trees in Louisiana, where Papier Plume is located. And perhaps the ink is named for the color of a pecan shell, or maybe the bark of the pecan tree. But I’m unfamiliar with that. Because a pecan tree would be “something found outside.” Not my bailiwick.
Pies, however, I know. So I know this is not the color of pecan pie filling. Papier Plume Pecan is not a standard, traditional brown. Instead it’s brown-gray sepia. Instead of leaning yellow or red like many browns, this is a cool-hued brown. It’s elegant and understated.
Here’s a writing sample on Rhodia.
Here it is on cream-colored Tomoe River paper.
I didn’t really see sheen there, for sheen fans. Maybe in a different pen? I doubt it, though, but I’m no expert. But look at the shading. I love the shading.
I love that the color is sophisticated and almost delicate, but still perfectly legible. I love that you won’t find this color in a marker or ballpoint. It’s special.
If Pecan has an obvious flaw, I think it’s a tendency to feather on lower-quality paper. Here is an extreme closeup of Pecan on my normal everyday Staples Sustainable Earth.
I’ll have to test it in different pens, however. Once I buy a bottle.
The ink Pecan reminded me of most was J. Herbin Cacao du Brésil. Here are swabs of the two together.
You can see that Cacao du Brésil has a slightly pinker, or warmer tone and is slightly lighter than Papier Plume Pecan. I have always really liked Cacao du Brésil, but so far, I prefer Papier Plume Pecan. It feels better in the pen, it is easier to read, and I like the cool hue.
Here’s another swab comparison, adding a Sailor ink to the above pair.
The Sailor Kobe is a very nice sepia, and another favorite of mine, but it’s noticeably browner.
Papier Plume is a store in New Orleans that carries, among other things, fountain pens and handmade inks. You can order online, but since Papier Plume comes to the Chicago Pen Show with their line of inks, this year I’m going to preview some of the inks they’ll be bringing.
Actually, I’m going to try to preview a lot of new-to-me inks that are going to be at the show. Partially because all I’ve been doing lately is show work. A major project has been to finalize the list of 300 inks we’re using for the Ink Testing Station. Every major brand will still be represented, but this year will feature a wider selection of inks from excellent boutique brands like Papier Plume. It’s an indie ink extravaganza. Because where else can you try so many different inks?
And trying the inks, myself, is the other reason for the previews. You’ve heard the saying, “The cobbler’s children have no shoes.” As I learned last year, there’s a pen show corollary: “The person in charge of the Ink Testing Station has no time to try the inks at the show.” So this year, ink previews!
I really love this one.