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Caran d'Ache Amazon

Caran d’Ache Amazon is the first green colored ink that I have tried.  This is a great color and has awesome shading!  This test was done using a Pelikan Script 1.5 pen on a A5 Rhodia lined pad.  This was another sample from the Goulet Pen Company’s Ink Drop program.

Diamine Red Dragon - Baron Medium

This is the second Diamine ink color that I have tried out and I like this one a bit better than the Diamine Syrah I reviewed last year.  This sample was written with one our our Baron style fountain pens with the included medium point nib on Rhodia lined paper.

I liked the blood red color very much however it’s darkness left little room for shading (at least with this medium nib pen).  There was no evidence of feathering and the dry time was fine for what I normally see with Rhodia paper.

All in all, I think I will keep the rest of this Goulet Pens sample and may purchase a bottle at some point.

I finally had time to try out some of the inks from the October Ink Drop from Goulet Pens.  This was also a great time to try out one of the new 1.5 mm stub/italic nib that we have recently sourced.  I loaded Syrah up in a Black and White Banded TruStone Baron style fountain pen.

I was excited to try this ink out as I really love red inks and J. Herbin 1670 spends quite a bit of time in my pens.  I like the flow and shading characteristics of this ink however the color is not something that I use on a daily basis.

Head on over to the Office Supply Geek for the September edition of the Carnival of Pen, Pencil, and Paper: http://officesupplygeek.com/uncategorized/welcome-to-the-september-carnival-of-pen-pencil-and-paper/

There are lots of great articles written by pen and paper bloggers from around the world. Don’t miss:

Plus my early announcement of my new “Blue Hawaii” line of koa wood pens.

Check out this great post by Julie at Okami Whatever on the Visconti Rembrandt Eco-Writer: Whatever: Featured Pen – Visconti Rembrandt

I tried one out at the Miami Pen show and it was a very smooth writing rollerball. The eco friendly side of the pen really peaks my interest, plus since you can use fountain pen ink you can use any color and brand you wish.  A real plus!

Enjoy the review and make sure you say hi to Julie!

Head over to Day Dreamers Welcome for the August edition of the Carnival of Pens, Paper, and Ink including a link to our Pelikan Script review:


Pelikan Script Italic Calligraphy Pen - 1.5 mm Nib Width - Blue Cap

I have not played with calligraphy style pens in years!  All my fountain pens thus far in my re-fascination with pens, paper, and ink have been standard fine or medium point nibs.  I figured it was high time to get myself a italic nib pen and what better pen to start with than a Pelikan Script 1.5.

Pelikan Script 1.5 on Rhodia Lined #16

I picked this pen due to ravings of Brian Goulet over at Ink Nouveau.  It is a basic plastic shell with a snap cap.  It does not use a standard converter so i will have to pick one up soon (or at least I could not get mine to seat properly).  Don’t try to use this pen for printing.  I had a terrible time with ink flow unless I was writing in cursive.

Sample Thank You letter on Clairfontaine Triomphe


All in all, you would defiantly recommend this pen as a low cost way to add a little flourish to your handwriting!