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Lennon Tool Bar Leuchtturm1917

Lennon Tool Bar Pineapple on Leuchtturm1917

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.

Pineapple is an ink from Lennon Tool Bar’s 2020 Spring Limited Series. The chinese words on the bottle’s label (as can be seen on Shigure Inks website) refers to the Hokkien name for pineapple. The name literally translates as “fortune comes” so the pineapple is a very popular fruit during auspicious events like Chinese New Year or the launch of a new business.

The Pineapple ink is yellow, obviously. I feel this colour too light and had a hard time seeing what I was writing. It has an average flow with shading and no sheen. On Leuchtturm1917 paper, there is no feathering and a lot of bleedthrough. I guess, as consolation, the ink is so light that the bleedthrough is hardly noticeable.

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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Diamine Leuchtturm1917

Diamine Aurora Borealis on Leuchtturm1917

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. On Leuchtturm1917 paper, there is no sheen and no feathering, but there is a little bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner

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 Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner

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

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Diamine Leuchtturm1917

Diamine Monboddo’s Hat on Leuchtturm1917

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. On Leuchtturm1917 paper, there is little shading, no sheen, no feathering and some 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 Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner

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 Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner

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

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Leuchtturm1917 Pilot

Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki on Leuchtturm1917

Ink

Pilot Iroshizuku is Pilot’s luxury line of fountain pen inks. The inks are consistent and well-behaved, garnering many fans. For a while, I hold off buying a bottle because they are more expensive compared to other ink brands. But of course, “expensive” is a relative term, and there are also ink brands that are much more expensive than the Iroshizuku line.

I decided to start with the Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki. A long time ago, Myke Hurley, co-host of The Pen Addict podcast, said that this was the only ink he used in fountain pens. Although he had expanded his ink collection since then, I believed that he still used the Kon-Peki ink in his pens.

The Kon-Peki (also known as Deep Azure Blue) is a beautiful medium blue that some would describe as a cerulean blue. It has a wet flow and lovely shading. There is a little feathering and bleedthrough on Leuchtturm1917 paper.

I really enjoyed writing with this ink. There is a quiet feeling of joy with each stroke and somehow my handwriting looked better. It felt as if I could go on writing forever. I look forward to trying the rest of the ink in Iroshizuku line.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner

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 Leuchtturm1917

Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats on Leuchtturm1917

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.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner

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

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Leuchtturm1917 Taccia

Taccia Indigo Jeans on Leuchtturm1917

Ink

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

The ink is a dark blue with a wet flow, shading and sheen. The sheen is easily visible in normal writing when it catches the light at the right angle. However, I don’t see any sheen on Leuchtturm1917 paper. There is also a little feathering and some bleedthrough.

Rings of colour residue

Cleaning a pen filled with this ink is more troublesome. It leaves faint rings of colour residue that can be remove with a gentle scrubbing with a cotton bud. This may a deal-breaker for some.

I really like this shade of blue and like it enough to put up with the more involved cleaning process. This is a keeper for me.

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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Birmingham Pen Company Leuchtturm1917

Birmingham Boysenberry on Leuchtturm1917

Ink

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

Boysenberry is from the Swift Formula collection where the inks were designed to be wetter than average and performs well in a wide variety of fountain pens. This ink is a maroon with shading and no sheen.

The ink has a very wet flow. Due to the wetness of the ink, it will perform well on some papers and worse on others. I think the ink will be more suitable in the finer nibs. On Leuchtturm1917 paper, there is hardly any shading and no sheen. I would avoid this ink and paper combination because there is a lot of feathering and bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Birmingham Boysenberry ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Birmingham Boysenberry ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Birmingham Boysenberry ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner

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

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Leuchtturm1917 Taccia

Taccia Grey Jeans on Leuchtturm1917

Ink

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

The ink is a pale blue-grey with an average flow and some shading. I feel this is pretty accurate to the colour that was seen on some types of jeans. This ink shows up better on Leuchtturm1917 paper but I still find it too light to read comfortably in less than ideal light conditions. It would probably do best in a wet or broad nib.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Taccia Grey Jeans ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Taccia Grey Jeans ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Taccia Grey Jeans ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner

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

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Leuchtturm1917 Taccia

Taccia Classic Blue Jeans on Leuchtturm1917

Ink

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

The ink is an unsaturated mid-range blue with beautiful shading. There is no feathering but there is some bleedthrough on Leuchtturm1917 paper. I think the shade of blue matches the colour of blue jeans. Bravo to Taccia for nailing the colour so accurately.

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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Leuchtturm1917 Taccia

Taccia Black Jeans on Leuchtturm1917

Ink

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

This is a black ink which shades from dark grey to black. I do like my black inks to be dark and black. I tried to see if there was sheen in the writing, like the other inks in the Jeans collection. However, the ink was so dark that it was hard to tell whether there was any sheen.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Taccia Black Jeans ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Taccia Black Jeans ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Taccia Black Jeans ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner

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