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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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Diamine New Chiffon Cream Yamamoto

Diamine Aurora Borealis on Yamamoto Ro-Biki

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 New Chiffon Cream paper, there is a little sheen only in the dots of “i” or fullstops. There is no feathering or bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Slight 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 Aurora Borealis ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis 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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Birmingham Pen Company New Chiffon Cream Yamamoto

Birmingham Boysenberry on Yamamoto Ro-Biki

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 medium purple 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 drier nibs. On New Chiffon Cream paper, there is shading, no sheen, no feathering and a little bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Birmingham Boysenberry on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Boysenberry on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Boysenberry 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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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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New Chiffon Cream Pilot Yamamoto

Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki on Yamamoto Ro-Biki

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 no feathering and bleedthrough on the New Chiffon Cream paper used in Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebooks.

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 Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki 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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New Chiffon Cream Taccia Yamamoto

Taccia Classic Blue 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 Dark Washed Jeans ink from the collection.

The ink is an unsaturated mid-range blue with a little shading and no sheen. I didn’t notice any feathering or bleedthrough on New Chiffon Cream 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.

Writing sample of Taccia Classic Blue Jeans on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Taccia Classic Blue Jeans on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Taccia Classic Blue Jeans 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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New Chiffon Cream Taccia Yamamoto

Taccia Indigo 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 Indigo Jeans ink from the collection.

The ink is a dark blue with a wet flow. On New Chiffon Cream paper, there is shading and very little sheen. There is no feathering and a little bleedthrough.

Rings of colour residue in a TWSBI ECO-T fountain pen body
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.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Taccia Indigo Jeans on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Taccia Indigo Jeans on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Taccia Indigo Jeans on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
There is a bit of sheen in the dot above the “i”

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 Grey 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 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. I found the writing 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 Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Taccia Grey Jeans ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Taccia Grey 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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Ferris Wheel Press New Chiffon Cream Yamamoto

Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats on Yamamoto Ro-Biki

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 Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats ink on Yamamoto Ro-Biki notebook
Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats 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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100% Recycled Paper Van Dieman's Yamamoto

Van Dieman’s Blackened Seas on Yamamoto 100% recycled paper

Ink

Blackened Seas is part of Van Dieman’s Midnight series, inspired by colours after dark. As you would expect, there are dark colours in this series, but there are also some surprisingly bright colours, like yellow (inspired by the moon) and orange (inspired by bonfire). About half of them are also shimmering inks.

The Blackened Seas ink has no shimmer but has lovely shading. It is a dark teal ink. I love the shading of this ink and how it gradually turns from light to dark, unlike some inks which which have clearly defined areas between the light and dark portions (for example, see Lamy Turquoise). I didn’t time it so I cannot say for sure, but it feels like the ink takes slightly longer to dry then the other inks I’ve tried. The drying time is not long enough to be a deal breaker, but long enough to notice. I LOVE this colour and I will definitely re-buy this when I finished my current supply.

Paper

This is a 100% recycled paper found in Yamamoto Ro-Biki Note B5. Based on some googling, this does not seem to be the same type of paper found on the usual Yamaoto Ro-Biki notebooks. This is a good thing as I do not like this paper and it is very bad for fountain pens. The ink adsorbed quickly so there is no shading. There is also a lot of show through and bleed through.

Writing Sample

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

The back of the page which had a lot of bleed through

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