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Birmingham Pen Company Fools paper Tsubame

Birmingham Mountain Laurel on Tsubame

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 Tsubame’s Fools paper, there is no feathering or bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Birmingham Mountain Laurel ink on Tsubame notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Mountain Laurel ink on Tsubame notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Mountain Laurel ink on Tsubame notebook

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

Writing sample of Birmingham Mountain Laurel ink on Tsubame notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Mountain Laurel 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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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.