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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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Lennon Tool Bar MD paper Midori

Lennon Tool Bar Saira 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. One day, they started producing fountain pen inks, and were known for their beautiful blue inks.

Saira is the name of the 2019 Autumn Limited Series. Saira is the scientific name of the Pacific saury fish. On the bottle label, there is another name – 秋刀魚 – which is the Japanese name. In Mandarin, the words literally translates to “autumn knife fish”. I’ve always thought 秋刀魚 to be a beautiful name. The first word indicates the best season to eat them, for autumn is the time when the fish are at their fattest. The second word represents the knife-like body shape of the fish.

I had eaten the fish a few times at Japanese restaurants. It is usually served grilled, maybe sprinkled with some salt and lemon juice. The meat is fatty and flavourful. There are a lot of small bones so one needs to eat it slowly and carefully.

This ink is medium grey in colour and has a wet flow. There is little 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 Saira ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Saira ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Saira 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 Saira ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Saira 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 Nahu 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.

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. 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 Nahu ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Nahu ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Nahu 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 Nahu ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Nahu 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 Ganlan 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.

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 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 Ganlan 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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Birmingham Pen Company MD paper Midori

Birmingham Mountain Laurel on Midori MD

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 Midori MD paper, I didn’t notice any feathering or bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Birmingham Mountain Laurel ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Mountain Laurel ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Mountain Laurel 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 Birmingham Mountain Laurel ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Mountain Laurel 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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MD paper Midori Pilot

Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki on Midori MD

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 Midori MD 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 Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki 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 MD paper Midori

Diamine Eau de Nil on Midori MD

Ink

Diamine Eau de Nil is a medium teal colour ink that leans more blue than green. It has an average flow. On Midori MD paper, there is shading and no sheen. There is no feathering or bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Diamine Eau de Nil ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Eau de Nil 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.

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

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Diamine MD paper Midori

Diamine Aurora Borealis on Midori MD

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 Midori MD paper, the sheen is barely noticeable and only in the dots of “i” and 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 Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis 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 Diamine Aurora Borealis ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Diamine Aurora Borealis 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 MD paper Midori

Birmingham Independence Grey on Midori MD

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.

Independence Grey is part of the Swift Formula collection where the inks were designed to be wetter than average and performs well in a wide variety of fountain pen. This ink is a dark grey, so dark that it looks almost black. There is some shading, if you look closely, and no sheen.

The ink has a very wet flow. I think the ink will be more suitable in the finer nibs. Due to the wetness of the ink, it will perform well on some papers and worse on others. On Midori MD paper, I didn’t notice any feathering or bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey 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. (This is a new thing that I’m trying out. Depending on how much time and effort it takes, I may or may not continue with it.)

Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey 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 MD paper Midori

Diamine Ancient Copper on Midori MD

Ink

Diamine Ancient Copper is a burnt orange ink with a wet flow, some shading and no sheen. In places where the ink had pooled, it looked brown. On Midori MD paper, there is no feathering or bleedthrough.

I enjoy the wet flow and the colour of the ink. The orange-brown range of this ink makes me think of rust, but ancient copper sounds better than rusty metal, doesn’t it?

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.