Monday, September 15, 2014

INK REVIEW: Montblanc Daniel Defoe - Palm Green

Handwritten Ink Review - Montblanc Palm Green

Montblanc recently released their newest ink: Daniel Defoe - Palm Green.

It's a darkish yellow-green. 

It's not super-saturated and it writes great - no problems at all out of the pen.

Amazing shading? Yes!

Daniel Defoe - loving the shading.

At first glance, I was concerned that this ink would be too much like DeAtramentis's Saraha Grey, but it really is much more dark with more depth of color than that. And then I thought it might be a bit like Sailor Jentle Epinard (now discontinued), but it really is much more pretty than that, with less blue in the ink.

I'm not 100% convinced that the color is for me. I'm generally a fan of clean green colors. For example, Noodler's Gruene Cactus Eel is appealing to me.

Having said that, though, I will also say that Daniel Defoe and his Palm Green ink is growing on me a quite bit in the week or so that I've had it.

I'm going to check in soon with an update after I've used it a bit more.  What do you think?  Love it, have to have it?

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOUND AROUND FRIDAY: Instagram Version

You all know I'm a huge fan of Instagram and think you should follow me there, right?

I post all kinds of things that never make itthere.

Today, I'd like to introduce you to some of the people I've met on Instagram.

There is GourmetPens

And wetheppil

That's It Really is on Instagram.

You can find Anderson Pens . . .

And Ed Jelley.

And here are some more. Just click to go to their profile and follow them . . .

Are you on Instagram? If you're posting on Instagram about pens and paper and other fun stuff, I'd love to follow you. Just leave your user name in the comments and I'll see you there.

Have a great weekend, everyone.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Handwritten Review - Diamine Sepia

Happy Wednesday!

Today, I'm giving away a full-sized bottle of Diamine Sepia Fountain Pen Ink.  I know, I know you were hoping it was the pen. Sorry.   #sorrynotsorry

When I learned that Goulet Pens was sending me the Fall 2014 Edition of  Edison Nouveau Premiere and a bottle of ink, I suggested that they could also send me a sample of the same ink. "I'll use the sample and giveaway the bottle."

I had no idea which ink they were sending, but when I saw that it was sepia, I was so glad I was only getting the sample-sized.  Brown inks are a waste on me. Ick.

At least they used to be. And then I fell in love with J Herbin's Lie de The

And now this:
Diamine Sepia Ink Swap

Let's dive in . . . 

A beautiful golden brown - with perhaps a bit of red?

No green or gray to muddy things up.

Shading makes me happy.

cRaZy shading makes me crazy happy.

I love this ink. The color is great, saturation is good, there is definitely shading. No bleeding, minimal show through (ghosting).

Water resistance isn't super-important to me. Good thing, too . . . .

You'll also note on the full review (click here for full-size version) that the color seems to be less saturated as I get further down on the page.  Totally user error. I was having trouble filling from the sample bottle and ended up with ink clinging to the converter. A small twist of the converter got me going again.

Here's the review I wrote for the pen review. Click here for the full-size.

Bottom line?  I've added this ink to my wish list so that I can keep my word and give you this full-sized unopened bottle.

Leave a comment below to be entered to win. Remember to tell me how to get in touch with you. Open to US mailing addresses only (so sorry, international friends). Entry must be received by Wednesday, September 17. Winner will be announced on Friday, September 19.

Of course, you can always order Diamine Sepia from Goulet Pens.

Good luck!!


EDITED TO ADD: After you've entered to win this ink, run on over to Ink Nouveau and enter to win the pen! I'm catching up on my blogs and just saw that you enter to win until the end of today!

Monday, September 8, 2014

PEN REVIEW: Edison Nouveau Premiere Autumn Harvest (Fall 2014 Special Edition Fountain Pen)

Edison Nouveau Premiere
Fall 2014 Special Edition Fountain Pen

Hello Fall!!!

Edison Nouveau Premiere 
Fall 2014
Screw Cap

They are calling it Autumn Harvest.

I was thinking the fall edition might be conservative and concerned that could mean that it wouldn't have been. . . uh . . . as wonderfully special as those two.  CraZy!

Shades of brown mixed with hues of gold - light mixed with dark - flecks and flakes mixed with discreet swirls.

This is a fountain pen that can go anywhere with anyone and fit in comfortably. It can be dressed up with a business suit or go casual with jeans.

Gold-tone trim (fancy people call this the pen's "furniture"). Two-toned steel nib (mine is a broad and I think you should go broad, too).

Convenient Converter Fill

It has an almost vintage feel to it, yes? Vintage, but not old. The design is so modern.

This isn't your grandpa's fountain pen (not that there's anything wrong with that!).

OK, so it's pretty handsome, but how does the Edison Nouveau Premiere Autumn Harvest (Fall 2014 Special Edition) Fountain Pen write?


Click here to see the full-sized handwritten review.

Things to know . . .

. . . . Goulet Pens graciously sent me this pen in exchange for my honest review. As a special edition, they are predicting that the pen will be available through November 2014. If sales are greater than expected, they could be out of stock sooner. You can get yours for $149 right here.

. . . . I have a giveaway (and more pictures of this beauty) coming up on Wednesday - hoping you'll come back and check it out.

Your turn . . . love it? hate it? Does it make you look froward to fall?