Pelikan M600 Ruby Red with fine nib. Winter weather’s here, with days dark and drear. Perhaps a new ink might bring some good cheer.
Outside Fountain Pen Follies world headquarters, cold and snow have arrived. Which of course means it’s time for
the long-awaited limerick contest winter ink colors. Time for the jewel tones, the dark and rich hues, the seasonal shades.
My first choice this year is Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red. I originally tried Garnet Red, and wrote a brief review, last winter. Garnet Red on white paper makes me think of red berries silhouetted against snowy ground.
Garnet Red is an attractive, business-appropriate maroon or cranberry. I always love an ink that shades. And Graf von Faber-Castell has a great ink bottle. As a fellow blogger recently pointed out, a bottle of premium ink would make a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift. Start hinting.
I do like my Pelikan M600 Ruby Red with maroon inks. The pen’s acrylic is a mix of the right kind of dark reds.
On this twelfth and last day of Holiday Ink, it’s time for silver and gold together, and a little grown-up shimmer
Diamine Shimmertastic Night Sky is a black with silver particles that looks sleek and sophisticated.
Sparkling Shadows is softer and warmer, a gray with gold particles.
Together, they’ll round out the holiday season and bring us into what I hope is a sparkling New Year for everyone.
On the eleventh day of Holiday Ink, it’s time for some sun and shimmer, I think. So today’s ink is Diamine Shimmertastic Golden Sands. Warm and wonderful, it’s like liquid gold. I should have asked for a bottle from Santa.
On the tenth day of Holiday Ink comes Diamine Tropical Green. One of the 150th Anniversary Inks Diamine released last year, Tropical Green is a medium green that leans blue and has great shading. A lovely winter green.
On the ninth day of Holiday Ink, Diamine Red Dragon comes to the fore. Red Dragon is such an attractive and special dark red. It manages to be striking and agreeable at the same time, which is quite a neat trick. I like Red Dragon best with a very fine nib, and I like it very, very much.
On the eighth day of Holiday Ink, we have Cultpens Deep Dark Blue. If you have a hankering for ultra-saturated, ultra-dark inks, Diamine makes a series of Deep Dark inks for Cultpens in the UK. Deep Dark Blue is a velvety, deep indigo, and is especially nice in extra-fine nibs.
On the seventh day of Holiday Ink, I am going to pivot a little, and offer a non-standard green. Diamine Green/Black is not your typical Christmas green. It’s more of a subdued evergreen, a tertiary shade that brings to mind winter woods at dusk. Excellent in a fine or extra-fine nib, Green-Black may be my most-used green.
On the sixth day of Holiday ink, I’m going back to blue.
You know how most of us have holiday traditions? Our Christmas Eve features a traditional Swedish dinner. That’s how it was growing up, so that’s how it remains.
And in that same spirit, I am pulling out a longtime favorite blue ink, Aurora Blue. Happy holidays, to one and all. Bring out something that makes you feel connected to your family and your youth, and share it with friends and the next generation.
On the fifth day of Holiday Ink, I’d like to say “ho, ho, ho” with a very Santa-appropriate red ink. This is Stipula Calamo Florentine Red, just a lovely pure red. Florentine Red is not harsh, angry or demanding, but neither is it whispery. It’s an ink that cheerfully says Buon Natale.
For the fourth day of Holiday Ink, we’re returning to blue. This is Pelikan Edelstein Topaz, a lighter, cheerier shade of blue. December is warm for some lucky readers, and this is a nice beachy ink. Alas, December is not warm here, but Edelstein Topaz also makes a nice frosty blue.