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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.

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Diamine Tomoe River

Diamine Aurora Borealis on Tomoe River

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 Tomoe River paper, there is a bit of sheen but only if you look closely. There is no feathering or bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Very little sheen

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.)

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