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Birmingham Pen Company Clairefontaine Vellum 90 gsm

Birmingham Boysenberry on Clairefontaine Triomphe

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 maroon 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 Clairefontaine Vellum paper, there is shading and no sheen. I would avoid this ink and paper combination because there is a lot of feathering and bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Birmingham Boysenberry ink on Clairefontaine Triomphe notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Boysenberry ink on Clairefontaine Triomphe notepad
Writing sample of Birmingham Boysenberry ink on Clairefontaine Triomphe notepad

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

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Clairefontaine Ferris Wheel Press Vellum 90 gsm

Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats on Clairefontaine Triomphe

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.

On Clairefontaine paper, there is shading and no sheen. I did not notice any feathering or bleedthrough.

Writing Sample

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

Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats ink on Clairefontaine Triomphe notepad
Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats ink on Clairefontaine Triomphe notepad
Writing sample of Ferris Wheel Press Three Steamboats ink on Clairefontaine Triomphe notepad

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