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Diamine Muji Planting Tree

Diamine Aurora Borealis on Muji Planting Tree

Ink

Diamine Aurora Borealis is a colour was chosen by the members of Reddit’s fountain pen community (/r/fountainpens). This was the second ink that Diamine created for them.

The ink is a teal colour with an average flow, some shading and very little sheen the only appears on certain papers. On Muji Planting Tree (also known as Planted Tree) paper, there is no sheen, a little feathering and no bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Muji Planting Tree notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Muji Planting Tree notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Muji Planting Tree notebook

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

Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Muji Planting Tree notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Muji Planting Tree notebook

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

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Ferris Wheel Press MD paper Midori

Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats on Midori MD

Ink

Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats is from the Freshly Squeezed Collection.

The ink looks like a minty green to me. It is a lovely colour with shading and no sheen. However, in writing, I find that it often lays down too light a line and the high contrast of the shading means I have to put more effort in reading. Flow-wise, it is on the dry side. This ink would probably do better in the wetter nibs.

On Midori MD paper, there is shading and no sheen. I did not notice any feathering or bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats 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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Diamine Rhodia

Diamine Aqua Lagoon on Midori MD

Ink

Diamine Aqua Lagoon is a medium turquoise that leans a little towards teal. It has an average flow. I like this colour, turquoise but not quite your typical turquoise, to keep it interesting to look at.

On MD paper, there is shading, no sheen, no feathering and no bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Diamine Aqua Lagoon ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aqua Lagoon ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aqua Lagoon 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 Diamine Aqua Lagoon ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aqua Lagoon 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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Diamine Fools paper Tsubame

Diamine Monboddo’s Hat on Tsubame

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 Fools paper, there is a little sheen, a tiny bit of feathering and no bleedthrough.

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 is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Tsubame notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Tsubame notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Tsubame notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Tsubame notebook
Closer look at the sheen

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

Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Tsubame notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Tsubame notebook

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

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New Chiffon Cream Taccia Yamamoto

Taccia Light Washed Jeans on Yamamoto Ro-Biki

Ink

In 2020, Taccia launched the Jeans collection, a range of inks inspired by the colour of jeans. This is the Light Washed Jeans ink from the collection.

The ink is a light, unsaturated blue with shading and no sheen. This is the second lightest ink in the Taccia Jeans ink series. It is readable but not a shade of blue that I like for writing. There is no feathering and bleedthrough on New Chiffon Cream paper.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Taccia Light Washed Jeans ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Taccia Light Washed Jeans ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Taccia Light Washed Jeans 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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Lennon Tool Bar MD paper Midori

Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui on Midori MD

Ink

Lennon Tool Bar is a Taiwanese company founded in 2014. Their focus is on producing and promoting the craft of indigo dying. Then they started producing fountain pen inks, and were known for their beautiful blue inks.

This ink was part of the Spring 2020 limited edition ink named after the Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui butterfly found in Taiwan. “杉谷琉璃灰蝶” is the Chinese name of the butterfly and it is also printed on the bottle label. It is a pretty long name for a small butterfly that grows up to 1.4cm ~ 1.7cm (0.55″ ~ 0.67″). Let’s break the name up, shall we?

The first word “杉” refers to a type of coniferous tree found in parts of Asia and the second word “谷” means a valley. Together, the first two words gives an idea of the environment the butterflies are found in.

The next word “琉” likely refers to “琉璃” which is an ancient precious stone. While nobody knows for certain what exactly the stone is, it probably referred to lapis lazuli. Only the male butterfly displays a bluish purple colour on its wing, giving it the “琉璃” name. The female butterfly, on the other hand, has wing colours of white and brown. When resting with their wings folded up, both sexes display a white underwing with black dots.

The next two words “灰蝶” refers to the Lycaenidae family which Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui belongs to.

This is a dark purple ink with a very wet flow. There is shading and no sheen. On Midori MD paper, there is no feathering and no bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui ink on Midori MD notebook

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

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui 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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Lennon Tool Bar MD paper Midori

Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua on Midori MD

Ink

Lennon Tool Bar is a Taiwanese company founded in 2014. Their focus is on producing and promoting the craft of indigo dying. Then they started producing fountain pen inks, and were known for their beautiful blue inks.

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 dark blue ink with a tinge of grey. It has a wet flow. There is shading and no sheen. On Midori MD paper, there is no feathering and no bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua ink on Midori MD notebook

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

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua 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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Lennon Tool Bar Rhodia

Lennon Tool Bar Ganlan on Rhodia

Ink

Lennon Tool Bar is a Taiwanese company founded in 2014. Their focus is on producing and promoting the craft of indigo dying. Then they started producing fountain pen inks, and were known for their beautiful blue inks.

Ganlan is an ink from Lennon Tool Bar’s Indigo Series. On Shigure Inks website, it is described as a dark blue colour mixed with a tinge of reddish shade. Based on the description, you might think the ink leans a little purple because red + blue = purple. I didn’t notice any red or purple in normal writing, but the ink is less blue than some other blue inks. This is a lovely colour which (in my opinion) looks better on white-coloured papers.

In writing, this dark grey-blue ink has a wet flow. There is shading and no sheen. On Rhodia paper, there is a tiny bit of feathering and a little bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

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 MD paper Midori

Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime on Midori MD

Ink

Lennon Tool Bar is a Taiwanese company founded in 2014. Their focus is on producing and promoting the craft of indigo dying. Then they started producing fountain pen inks, and were known for their beautiful blue inks.

This ink colour inspired by the look of hard rime freezing on the leaves of coniferous trees. Having spent all my life in a place without seasons, I have no idea what hard rime means. From Wikipedia, rime is a type of ice that “forms when supercooled water liquid droplets freeze onto surfaces”. Compared to soft rime, hard rime is denser, less milky and has a comb-like structure.

This muted grey-green ink conveys a sense of cold quietness and isolation. This is a colour that would work well in a professional setting. I really like this colour and felt it is a pity that Lennon Tool Bar released it as a Winter 2019 limited edition ink.

This ink has a wet flow. There is shading and no sheen. On Midori MD paper, there is no feathering and no bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime ink on Midori MD notebook

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

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime 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 Life

Birmingham Mountain Laurel on Life Schöpfer

Ink

Birmingham Pen Company is a small family-run business that makes fountain pens and fountain pen inks. While the company started with fountain pens, it seemed their focus is now on inks.

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, which looks like a dark green thin outline, around the strokes.

The ink has an average flow. There is shading and no sheen. On Schöpfer, I didn’t notice any feathering or bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Below are a couple of photos of how it looks when it is 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.