Monday, August 18, 2014

INK REVIEW: Private Reserve Arabian Rose

I have a zillion ink samples and sometimes I know exactly which I want to try next. A couple of weeks ago, though, I was in a funk. I knew I wanted to try a new (to me) ink, but I was feeling ambivalent about exactly which ink to try.  Reaching my hand into my samples, I pulled out Private Reserve Arabian Rose.

The color is nice. It reminds me a bit of Yama-budo, though not as bright.

Lots of good shading.

Flow from the pen is great. No feathering, bleeding, or ghosting on the various decent-quality papers I've used over the last couple of weeks.

Water resistance isn't a big factor in choosing an ink for me - if it is for you, you may want to look elsewhere.

My bottom line?  I like it quite a bit.  Preferring Yama-budo, this ink isn't one that I would normally choose for myself, but I will almost certainly use the entire sample without complaint.

All of this makes me wonder - do you prefer the super-bright, in-your-face colors, or something a bit more dusky like this purply color?  

Friday, August 15, 2014

FOUND AROUND FRIDAY: What I'm Reading and Instagram Edition

Earlier this week, I reached a whopping 900 Followers on Instagram.  I hope you're one of them. I usually just have a list of links for you on Friday mornings. I'm going to sprinkle in some images this time.  Oh yeah, it's getting wild and crazy here, people. You never know what I'll do next ;)

On with the show . . .

Last night, Edison Pen Company announced their 2014 Limited Edition. Are you in? I'm a maybe.

Inkophile has the cutest watercolor paint tin!

Fountain Pen Physicist reviewed Leuchttrum's Journal.  I have a couple of their products, but have never tried them - crazy. I need to get on that!  And I can't even talk about this.

Gourmet Pens reviews the Pilot Knight.  And..this.

I have a review coming soon - DeAtramentis Jasmine. Have you tried it?

I ordered mine.  And...omg. And...a new gray/grey ink!

Fun from Inkdependence.  I've played with doing this - just not like this.

Inklode is killing me.  I have around half a bottle left.

Kaweco review from MyCoffeePot.

Peninkcillin talks about a stained Kaweco and the DC Pen Show.

Pens! Paper! Pencils! reviews a Diplomat fountain pen. I once had a well-known person in the pen world try to tell me that within a few years, Diplomat would overtake Montblanc as the finest pen maker in the world.  Yeah, ok. That was 5+ years ago.

Mr. Mike Dudek of ClickyPost shows off his new Pelikan. I need it.

Quick fact for you:  Alexander Hamilton was not a president, but his ink sure is pretty.

The Pen Addict reviews a glorious thing. (I agree.)

Unroyal Warrant fills a new Penvelope. And this!

In other and unrelated news, I've started reading this blog.  I'm fascinated - not in a good way.

Have a great weekend, friends!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014


You guys!!!

I had no idea they were going to, but Goulet Pens mentioned me in The Goulet Communique today!

I am thrilled. And honored!  In fact, I texted Mr. Pentulant with something like the following:

omg omg omg
omg omg omg 
I'm Internet Famous!
Gotta go. Bye!

Their shout-out is sending a bit of traffic this way (so appreciative!) and I thought it would be fun to post a little something about who I am and what I do here.

Let's see . . . my name is Christine and I love all things pen-related. 

I think that sums it up!  I hope you poke around a little, like what you see, and stick around.


P.S. Follow me on Instagram - you won't be disappointed.

P.P.S. The Goulets were kind enough to send me the following items in exchange for my honest opinion.

Edison Nouveau Premiere Summer Edition (swooon!)

Apica Premium C.D. Notebook (loved it!)

Monteverde 36-Pen Case (mixed feelings)

P.P.P.S.  What? You don't know about The Goulet Pen Company?  I'll do a full post about them sometime soon, but really, go buy some ink samples, ok?