Posted: November 9, 2014 in Fountain Pen Review
Okay, since the winner drawn did not respond in the allotted amount of time, a new name has been drawn.
Congrastulations Robert (rgillam2) You have 24 hours to contact me or another name will be drawn. Please use the contact link up above and reply to me from your registered email address.
Posted: November 8, 2014 in Fountain Pen Review
I am embarrassed to say I forgot to check the original winner against the list of followers of my blog. I have to be fair to those who followed the rules of the giveaway as some went through some confusion to follow. The original winner was not a follower and thus not qualified to be entered in the contest. Once again I apologize for the confusion. Mia culpa.
I had to draw a few more names to get a winner that had fulfilled the contest requirements.
The winner is Derek Hubbard! Congratulations and you have 24 hours to contact me from your registered email address using the contact form link above!
Contest is now closed! Look for the winner announcement tomorrow. Thank you to all who commented and followed the blog!
Inktronics is participating in Fountain Pen Day with the giveaway of a Kaweco Art Sport. This elegant cousin of the Kaweco Sport is now discontinued pen. You can still find them for sale if you look around but it is getting more difficult. It is a lot more pricey than the Classic Sport too.
HOW TO ENTER
All you need to do is:
1. Follow this blog and
2. Comment on this entry, answer the question, “What are you doing to celebrate Fountain Pen Day?”.
Look towards the bottom of the screen, there is a small box that scrolls with you that says Follow. Click it and the rest should be self-explanatory. Lots of people are commenting but not following. That will disqualify your entry.
WHEN WILL THE WINNER BE CHOSEN?
A winner will be chosen at random from the pool of commenters/followers ( you must follow the blog and comment), on November 7th, 2014.
Best of luck to all!
Posted: August 14, 2014 in Inks
Tags: Ancient Copper, Brown, Clairefontaine, Diamine Ancient Copper, Dimaine, Fountain pen, Goulet Pen Company, Ink Review, nib, paper, pen, red, stationery, vader
Diamine Ancient Copper
Diamine Ancient Copper
A big thank you goes out to The Goulet Pen Company for providing this ink for review.
Ancient Copper has been on my “Want to Try” list for a long time. This one never seemed to make it to my shopping cart for one reason or another. This, as opposed to Red Dragon, I did know why. When I first heard of Ancient Copper, there was talk on the FPGeeks forum of possible ink issues because nibs were showing up with a “crusty” substance forming all over them. Some cases were slight others seemed to be a serious case of mold. As it turns out, this was not a case of contaminated ink, but a kind of oxidation when you used the ink in pens that did not have good cap sealing properties. The pen I have been using for the last two weeks has a fairly good seal but no inner cap. The crust just started to form on the nib slit. It is a very minor case and was quickly solved with a wipe with a paper towel. I have seen some extreme cases in pictures that look downright scary. Lesson to be learned is use this ink in a pen that is fairly air tight when capped.
Writing Samples with Diamine Ancient Copper
Ancient Copper Dry Times Are Not Bad Even on Coated Paper
As for the ink, it is a fiery red-brown that is very pleasing to the eye. I noticed that I can make the ink shade more if I print. Cursive seems to make the ink shade less and I have no idea why. HP laser paper mutes the fiery color and all shading is lost to a flat brown. The ink flows nicely but can take a bit to dry on coated papers. I noticed a dry time on Rhodia of about 15 – 20 seconds on this humid 90 F afternoon with 52% relative humidity. The color ranges from an old penny copper color to a slightly reddish yellow-brown hue that gives it the fiery look.
Lord Vader and Mini-Me Vader Approve Diamine Ancient Copper
Overall Diamine Ancient Copper is another very pleasing ink. I know that I will be buying a bottle when this one runs out!
Posted: August 1, 2014 in Inks
Tags: diamine, dragon, Fountain pen, gouletpens, ink, ink samples, inktronics, inktronicsblog, red, review, vader
I have you now!
Thank you to the Goulet Pen Company for providing the bottle of Diamine Red Dragon for review.
Before I started sampling inks, I resisted trying red inks. I stuck mostly with different shades of blues. That led to green ink, then brown. I do not know why I skipped over the red end of the spectrum. Maybe it was some deep psychological fear of seeing red ink on the page. My mind drifts back to high school algebra class at this point
Not Algebra but it works.
Diamine Red Dragon does not have that same bright red ink that disgraced my old algebra homework. It is a deep, rich color, like what a nice accent wall should have. I love the richness it has, and if used in the right pen/nib combination you can get shading too. Best, is a slightly dry italic nib as the ink is somewhat wet and can take some time to dry on coated papers like Rhodia or Clairefontaine. Some people have received letters from me and said that the ink was still wet. Absorbent paper will suck the life out of the ink and leave a flat red on the page that is still a pleasing shade.
HP Laser Paper Works Great With This Ink
Even with what some people would consider as faults, I enjoy the ink a great deal purely based on its color. Because of this, I recommend at least trying a sample of Diamine Red Dragon if you have not already.
One Man Made Wallet and Key Fob
One Man Made Leather Wallet
I want to thank One Man Made for providing this wallet. I won it via a giveaway that was hosted on Instagram.
One Man Made is, as suggested by the name, a one man operation out of Portland, Oregon run by Brent Schuller. His online shop can be found at onemanmade.com. I found a little bit on the man behind the company in an article that appeared in The Oregonian.
A natural horween leather smell that wafted from the cloth bag that it came in was impressive. The bi-fold wallet has six slots, three on each side and one large pocket for storing bills. I have used the wallet close to a month and it is wearing nicely. The stitching looks tight and professionally done. All the outside edges have been burnished for a more finished look. I did notice that this particular version is not on his site but another version that has four slots (two per side) is currently on the site. I think I may know why. While the wallet can fit 6 cards, it gets a tad bit fat for front pocket carry. When I take 2 cards out, the thickness seems much more manageable. Overall a great looking wallet that should last for years to come. Despite not paying for this wallet, it is well worth the money Mr. Schuller is asking.
One Man Made Wallet After About A Month of Wear
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