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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.

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Birmingham Pen Company Tomoe River

Birmingham Salt Water Taffy on Tomoe River

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, they have moved on to making in-house inks.

Salt Water Taffy 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 bright, neon pink that has a slight orange undertone. The pink is very saturated and readable even under dim light. However the colour is so bright that my eyes feel painful looking at the words for too long (but I admit that this is mostly psychological).

The ink has a very wet flow. I think the ink will be more suitable in the finer or drier nibs. Due to the wetness of the ink, it will perform well on some papers and worse on others. 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 Salt Water Taffy ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Salt Water Taffy ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Salt Water Taffy 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 Salt Water Taffy ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Salt Water Taffy 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 Saira 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. 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 shading and no sheen. On Tomoe River paper, there is no feathering and no bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Saira ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Saira ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Saira 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 Saira ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Lennon Tool Bar Saira 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 Monboddo’s Hat on Tomoe River

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 greenish to me. On Tomoe River paper, there is no 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 Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat ink on Tomoe River notepad
Does the sheen look gold or green to you?

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 Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Diamine Monboddo's Hat 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 Independence Grey on Tomoe River

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 Tomoe River 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 Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey ink on Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey 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. (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 Tomoe River notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Independence Grey ink on Tomoe River notepad

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