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Color Traveler MD paper Tomoe River

Color Traveler Takehara Bamboo Green on Tomoe River

Ink

Takehara is a city located in Hiroshima. With large bamboo forests growing on the outskirts, it is no wonder that Takehara has made bamboo their official tree in 1978. Bamboo is also the official special product of Takehara and it can also be found in the city’s insignia. There are also bamboo-related festivals held in Takehara: the Takehara Bamboo Festival in May and the Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival (where bamboo candles are placed around the historic preservation district) in October.

This is a bright green ink with an average flow. I find this ink easy to clean out of the pen.

On Tomoe River paper,

  • Shading: Yes
  • Sheen: Nil
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Color Traveler Takehara Bamboo Green ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Color Traveler Takehara Bamboo Green ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Color Traveler Takehara Bamboo Green ink on Tomoe River notepad

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

Writing sample of Color Traveler Takehara Bamboo Green ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Color Traveler Takehara Bamboo Green ink on Tomoe River notepad

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

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Cult Pens Tomoe River

Cult Pens Louise on Tomoe River

Ink

Lousie is a dark yellow ink from the Deep Dark Inks series exclusive to Cult Pens. In smaller 30ml and 12ml bottles, it is called Little Lou.

Louise is one of the three inks launched in May 2021 that were named after Cult Pens’ three longest-serving staff. You can read more about Louise (the human being) on Cult Pens blog.

The colour ranges from honey to peanut butter, depending on how much ink is laid down and the paper used. The ink has a wet flow. On Tomoe River paper,

  • Shading: Yes
  • Sheen: Nil
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Cult Pens Louise ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Cult Pens Louise ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Cult Pens Louise ink on Tomoe River notepad

Below are a couple of photos of what it looks like when it was written on both sides of the paper.

Writing sample of Cult Pens Louise ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Cult Pens Louise ink on Tomoe River notepad

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

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Diamine Tomoe River

Diamine Autumn Oak on Tomoe River

Ink

Diamine Autumn Oak is an orange ink with an average flow. Due to shading, this ink can look light to dark with a bit of brown. I can see why so many people love this ink.

On Tomoe River paper,

  • Shading: Yes
  • Sheen: Nil
  • Feathering: Nil
  • Bleedthrough: Nil
Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Diamine Autumn Oak ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Autumn Oak ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Autumn Oak ink on Tomoe River notepad

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

Writing sample of Diamine Autumn Oak ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Autumn Oak ink on Tomoe River notepad

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 Tomoe River

Birmingham Glassmith on Tomoe River

Ink

Glassmith is a medium teal with an average flow.

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

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Birmingham Glassmith ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Glassmith ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Glassmith ink on Tomoe River notepad

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

Writing sample of Birmingham Glassmith ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Glassmith ink on Tomoe River notepad

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 Tomoe River

Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime on Tomoe River

Ink

This ink colour was 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. On Tomoe River paper, there is shading, no sheen, no feathering and pinpricks of bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime ink on Tomoe River notepad

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

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Hard Rime ink on Tomoe River notepad

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

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Tomoe River

Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki on Tomoe River

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

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 Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink on Tomoe River notepad
You can see the sheen in 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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Lennon Tool Bar Tomoe River

Lennon Tool Bar Yundoumuhua on Tomoe River

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 Tomoe River paper, there is no feathering and no 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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Diamine Tomoe River

Diamine Eau de Nil on Tomoe River

Ink

Diamine Eau de Nil is a medium teal colour ink that leans more blue than green. It has an average flow.

On Tomoe River paper, there is shading and a little sheen, but I don’t find the sheen to be very noticeable. There is also no feathering and no bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Diamine Eau de Nil ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Eau de Nil ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Eau de Nil ink on Tomoe River notepad

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

Writing sample of Diamine Eau de Nil ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Eau de Nil ink on Tomoe River notepad

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 Tomoe River

Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui on Tomoe River

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 Tomoe River paper, there is no feathering and a little bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui ink on Tomoe River notepad

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 Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Celastrina Sugitanii Shirozui ink on Tomoe River notepad

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

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Diamine Tomoe River

Diamine Ancient Copper on Tomoe River

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.

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?

On Tomoe River paper, there is no feathering and no bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Diamine Ancient Copper ink of Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Ancient Copper ink of Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Ancient Copper ink of Tomoe River notepad

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

Writing sample of Diamine Ancient Copper ink of Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Ancient Copper ink of Tomoe River notepad

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