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Diamine MD paper Midori

Diamine Monboddo’s Hat on Midori MD

Ink

In 2019, the Fountain Pens UK Facebook group collaborated with Diamine to create two inks, Scribble Purple and Monboddo’s Hat. The inks are named after Scribble Monboddo, a purple ink lover who runs the Too Many Purples blog. Monboddo’s Hat is a ink colour inspired by Scribble Monboddo’s purple top hat.

The ink is a saturated dark purple with red undertones with a wet flow. At no surprise to anyone, it has the most sheen on Tomoe River paper. The official description calls it a gold sheen but it looks a little greenish to me.

On MD paper,

  • Shading: Nil
  • Sheen: Yes
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Colour residue left in pen barrel after cleaning

The ink left a ring of colour residue behind so cleaning is more involved than usual.

Writing Sample

This was written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Midori MD notebook
You can see the sheen clearly in the colon, the sheen is less noticeable in normal writing

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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footnotes Lennon Tool Bar

Lennon Tool Bar Nahu on Footnotes

Ink

Nahu is an ink from Lennon Tool Bar’s Indigo Series. During the Edo bakufu (also known as Tokugawa shogunate or Edo shogunate), a period of feudal military government in Japan from 1603 to 1868, colours were regulated. Specific colours were reserved for specific groups of people, allowing easy identification. Nahu is a colour reserved for a government position known as “nando kata”. I couldn’t find much information other that it seemed to some sort of accountant or clerk position.

In writing, this light blue ink has a wet flow.

On footnotes paper,

  • Shading: Yes
  • Sheen: Nil
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Little
Writing Sample

This was written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Nahu ink on footnotes notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Nahu ink on footnotes notebook

Below is how it looks when it was written on both sides of the paper.

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Nahu ink on footnotes notebook

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Dominant Industry MD paper Midori

Diamine Twilight on Midori MD

Ink

Twilight is a dark blue-teal ink. It has an average flow. It is a colour that will not look out of place in a professional setting. I find that it may look more blue or more green depending on the paper.

On Midori MD paper,

  • Shading: Yes
  • Sheen: Little
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Writing Sample

This was written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Diamine Twilight ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Twilight ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Twilight ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Twilight ink on Midori MD notebook
There is little sheen

Below are a couple of photos of what it looks like when written on both sides of the paper.

Writing sample of Diamine Twilight ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Twilight ink on Midori MD notebook

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Kokuyo Van Dieman's

Van Dieman’s Sailor’s Delight on Kokuyo Campus

Ink

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.
Red sky at morning, sailors’ warning.

Wikipedia

Sailor’s Delight, from the discontinued Midnight Series, takes inspiration from the rhyme above. Although the ink is no longer in production, you can still find it being sold at some retailers (as of July 2022). The ink is a bright orangey-red with a wet flow.

On Kokuyo Campus paper,

  • Shading: Yes
  • Sheen: Nil
  • Feathering: Very little
  • Bleedthrough: A Lot
Writing Sample

This was written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Van Dieman's Sailor' Delight ink on Kokuyo Campus notebook
Writing sample of Van Dieman's Sailor' Delight ink on Kokuyo Campus notebook
Writing sample of Van Dieman's Sailor' Delight ink on Kokuyo Campus notebook

Below are a couple of photos of how it looks when it was written on both sides of the paper.

Writing sample of Van Dieman's Sailor' Delight ink on Kokuyo Campus notebook
Writing sample of Van Dieman's Sailor' Delight ink on Kokuyo Campus notebook

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Rhodia Van Dieman's

Van Dieman’s Tasmanian Lavender on Rhodia

Ink

Tasmanian Lavender is from the Harvest line which takes inspiration from the produce of Tasmania. The ink is an unsaturated purple with a wet flow.

On Rhodia paper,

  • Shading: Yes
  • Sheen: Nil
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Writing Sample

This was written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Van Dieman's Tasmanian Lavender ink on Rhodia notebook
Writing sample of Van Dieman's Tasmanian Lavender ink on Rhodia notebook
Writing sample of Van Dieman's Tasmanian Lavender ink on Rhodia notebook

Below are a couple of photos of how it looks when it was written on both sides of the paper.

Writing sample of Van Dieman's Tasmanian Lavender ink on Rhodia notebook
Writing sample of Van Dieman's Tasmanian Lavender ink on Rhodia notebook

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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MD paper Midori Vinta

Vinta Mulberry on Midori MD

Ink

Mulberry (Ubi 1663) is the full name of the ink. Ubi refers to purple yam and 1663 marks the Mindanao monarchies’ victory against the Spanish invaders.

The ink is a warm purple and has an average flow. Like the other Vinta ink I’ve tested, I encountered a gentle burping of ink a few times, just enough to notice a sudden darkening and thickening of the line. It happened about once every few pages. I’m not sure if it is the ink, the pen, the weather, or maybe a combination of all. It is also quite likely that you may not experience the burping issues I did, YMMV.

On Midori MD paper,

  • Shading: Yes
  • Sheen: Unnoticeable, you have to really look for it
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Writing Sample

This was written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Vinta Mulberry (Ubi 1663) ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Vinta Mulberry (Ubi 1663) ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Vinta Mulberry (Ubi 1663) ink on Midori MD notebook

Below are a couple of photos of how it looks when it was written on both sides of the paper.

Writing sample of Vinta Mulberry (Ubi 1663) ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Vinta Mulberry (Ubi 1663) ink on Midori MD notebook

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Birmingham Pen Company Rhodia

Birmingham Mountain Laurel on Rhodia

Ink

Mountain Laurel is part of the Crisp Formula collection where the inks were designed to work well on a variety of papers. This ink is a very pale dusky pink when wet and dries to a slightly darker shade. I believed the colour was inspired by the mountain laurel flowers which ranges from white to pink. In wet nibs, you might notice a halo, a dark green thin outline around the strokes.

The ink has an average flow.

On Rhodia paper,

  • Shading: Yes
  • Sheen: Nil
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Writing Sample

This was written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Below are a couple of photos of how it looks when it was written on both sides of the paper.

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Lennon Tool Bar New Chiffon Cream Yamamoto

Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua on Yamamoto Ro-Biki

Ink

Yundoumuhua is an ink from Lennon Tool Bar’s Indigo Series. What I find fascinating is that depending on the language, the words “熨斗目花” on the label may be pronounced differently. A Mandarin speaker will say “yùn dǒu mù huā”. However if you take the same words and move them to Japan, it is pronounced as “noshimehana”.

It is from the Japanese name that we get an idea of the inspiration behind this colour. Noshimehana is the name of one of the 250 colours traditionally used in Japanese arts. It is a dark blue colour with a bit of grey. Lennon Tool Bar wanted this colour to evoke the look of an indigo-dyed textile that had became a little faded and dusty with use.

This is an unsaturated blue ink. It has a wet flow.

On New Chiffon Cream paper,

  • Shading: Yes
  • Sheen: Nil
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Writing Sample

This is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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MD paper Midori Vinta

Vinta Elysium Green on Midori MD

Ink

Elysium Green (Kayangan 1967) is the full name of the ink. It is named after Kayangan Lake which is said to be the cleanest lake in the Philippines. In 1967, the island where the lake was located was declared a National Reserve.

The ink is a dark green and has an average flow. While doing the writing samples, I noticed that the pen gently burped ink a few times, just enough to notice a sudden darkening and thickening of the line. It about once every few pages. This is the first time I’ve experienced it. I’m not sure if it is the ink, the pen, the weather, or maybe a combination of all. It is also quite likely that you may not experience the burping issues I did, so YMMV.

On Midori MD paper,

  • Shading: Nil
  • Sheen: Yes
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Writing Sample

This was written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Vinta Elysium Green (Kayangan 1967) ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Vinta Elysium Green (Kayangan 1967) ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Vinta Elysium Green (Kayangan 1967) ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Vinta Elysium Green (Kayangan 1967) ink on Midori MD notebook
Sheen

Below are a couple of photos of how it looks when it was written on both sides of the paper.

Writing sample of Vinta Elysium Green (Kayangan 1967) ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Vinta Elysium Green (Kayangan 1967) ink on Midori MD notebook

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Birmingham Pen Company Maruman

Birmingham Independence Grey on Maruman Mnemosyne

Ink

Independence Grey is a dark grey ink, so dark that it looks almost black. The ink has a very wet flow. Due to the flow, I think the ink will be more suitable in the finer or drier nibs.

On Maruman Mnemosyne paper,

  • Shading: Little
  • Sheen: Nil
  • Feathering: Little
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Writing Sample

This was written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey on Maruman Mnemosyne notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey on Maruman Mnemosyne notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey on Maruman Mnemosyne notebook

Below are a couple of photos of how it looks like when it was written on both sides of the paper.

Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey on Maruman Mnemosyne notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey on Maruman Mnemosyne notebook

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.