One Minute Ink Review: Penlux Mò Plum

Penlux Mo Plum writing sample

Penlux Mò Plum. I don’t like purple inks, so explain why I ordered this one right after trying it yesterday at my pen club? It’s really attractive. And, because it’s made by Sailor for a store in Taiwan, it’s somewhat limited.

The color of Penlux Mò Plum is a dark plum. With just a hint of shading, it looks good in a fine nib and is dark enough for work. Penlux Mò Plum is like a darker, more saturated, and, I’d wager, slightly bluer, version of the wonderful KWZ Brown-Pink. That probably also helps explain the instant appeal to me.

One Minute Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz

Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz

Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz. Pelikan’s 2017 Edelstein “Ink of the Year” is Smoky Quartz, an earthy brown that’s dark and legible. It strikes me as a darker version of J. Herbin Lie de Thé.

Like all Pelikan Edelstein inks I’ve used, Smoky Quartz has excellent lubrication and flow. I don’t get much shading, except on Tomoe River paper. The ink color looks different on different papers, which I usually like, but if you’ve ever changed a baby’s diapers, choose your paper wisely here.

Apparently the color was picked by internet voters to be the Ink of the Year. And apparently it’s popular.

Is this an everyday ink? If it’s your kind of color, then yes. Pelikan makes well-behaved and dependable inks, and Smoky Quartz is no exception.

One Minute Ink Review: KWZ Iron Gall Blue #4

KWZ Iron Gall Blue #4

KWZ Iron Gall Blue #4. Despite the name, this ink is gray. Not blue-gray, really just gray. It’s got KWZ’s usual nice shading, and usual easy clean-up. I like it best in a wetter writer, to darken the color.

An everyday ink? Well, in that category, I’ve already got Pilot-Iroshizuku Kiri-same. Also Montblanc’s no-longer-available Albert Einstein ink. And I really liked Kaweco’s new Smokey Grey, too, although that’s lighter in color.

One Minute Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst


Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst. February’s birthstone is the amethyst, which brings to mind this beautiful ink. Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst is a red-leaning purple, so maybe not the perfect match for the gemstone. But it’s a great color: friendly while still being clear and easy to read. It’s got lovely shading. And to top it off, it’s easy to clean, a rare quality in a purple ink.

An everyday ink? If I used purple everyday, oh yes.

One Minute Ink Review: Diamine Bach


Diamine Bach. Last month was Mozart’s birthday, so I did a one minute ink review of Diamine Mozart ink, here. Bach is another ink from Diamine’s music set, and another lovely dark reddish brown. Bach, the ink, is darker than Mozart.

An everyday ink?  Yes, it could be, for me.  I love a dark brown.

Here is a comparison with Bach on the left and Mozart on the right.  When you put them in the same pen, they look very close in color. Sometimes I can hardly tell them apart.


One Minute Ink Review: Diamine Carnation


Diamine Carnation. The January “birth flower” is the carnation, and today happens to be the twelfth birthday of Tara, a beloved family member, albeit of the Labrador Retriever persuasion. Diamine Carnation is a great ink to bring birthday cheer, being a sprightly pink that’s surprisingly legible and unsurprisingly happy.

An everyday ink? I suspect that if we all used Diamine Carnation daily, the world would be a better place.