Today I am using Guider Onyx which looks extremely similar to Nakaya Piccolo is fitted with #5 Steel Medium Nib from Wality and it is filled with Iroshizuku Momiji ink. The nib is ground to medium cursive italic.
Today’s weekly thought comes from my one of the favorite novelist, Ayn Rand. She was born and educated in Russia and moved to America later. Her two famous novels are The Fountainhead and Atlus Shrugged.
The pen in use today is Platinum Plaisir Nova Orange and I love this orange color. Lamy also came with the limited edition of AL-Star in this color by the name of Copper Orange.
The nib on this is 0.5 steel nib and it writes like a western medium. The ink in use is Platinum Black that came along with the pen.
What are your thoughts about Ayn Rand? And yeah how is the pen… I love the color. I think I love everything orange.
There is an additional offer with Group-Buy for Model 5 (link). Oliver F-27 is now available as an add-on in this group-buy at a special price of USD 19. The pen can only be clubbed Ranga Model 5 and can be purchased in any nos.
There are 20 colors and are as follows:
Pink-Dark Blue Swirl
Red Cracked Ice
Red-Dark Blue Swirl
Orange-Dark Blue Swirl
Chocolate Cracked Ice
Purple-Dark Blue Swirl
Bright Green-Dark Green Swirl
Sea Blue-Red Swirl
Chocolate-Dark Blue Swirl
Yellow-Chocolate Cracked Ice
Yellow-Bright Green Swirl
Orange-Black Cracked Ice
Yellow-Blue-Saffron Orange Swirl
In order to participate in the group buy just fill the Google Form (Link Below) and Reply in the thread with “Form Submitted or just repost the choices in replies“
Back in 2016, I created a wishlist of desired pens and inks that I planned to purchase. I did purchase lot of pens and inks apart from the wishlist. In this blog post, I will share the list of my ink purchases last year and let’s see how close I stuck to my wishlist. I hope my wife doesn’t see this post.
First in the list are from Japanese manufacturer “Sailor“. I purchased following Sailor Inks and here I stuck to my wishlist as far as desired inks were concerned:
Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – DoYo
Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Miruai
Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Nio-Sumire
Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Souten
Second in the list are the inks from german ink manufacturer “Montblanc” and these inks were not part of my wishlist. Inks I purchased were:
Montblanc Golden Yellow
MontBlanc Meisterstuck Blue Hour – Twilight Blue
Montblanc William Shakespeare – Velvet Red
Third in the list are the inks from Liverpool based ink manufacturer “Diamine” and the ink which was in my wishlist was not purchased rather I purchased the following inks
Diamine Eau De Nil
Diamine Majestic Blue
Diamine Sunshine Yellow
Fourth in the list are the inks from an American Boutique ink manufacturer “PrivateReserve” and again these inks were not part of my wishlist. Following are the list of the inks that I purchased:
Private Reserve Blue Suede
Private Reserve Sherwood Green
Private Reserve Shoreline Gold
Fifth in the list is another German manufacturer “Graf von Faber-Castell“. I wanted this ink for a long time, however, I delayed buying this ink fro a long time and this was also not part of my wishlist of 2016.
GvFC Hazelnut Brown
Sixth in the list is Indian manufacturer “Sulekha” which is quite elusive. One of fellow fountain pen user who was visiting Kolkata helped me in getting these inks and again these were not part of my wishlist. Inks are as follows:
Sulekha Master Brown
Sulekha Crystal Violet
Sulekha Scarlet Red
Sulekha Royal Blue
Sulekha Executive Black
Sulekha Turquoise Blue
Sulekha Shocking Pink
Seventh in the list is another ink manufacturer from India. Krishna Inks are made by Dr. Sreekumar and he is a one man show. These again were not part of my wishlist and I got following inks:
Krishna Yellow Valley
Krishna Kot Massi
Krishna Dark Chocolate
Eighth in the list is a third German manufacturer “Kaweco“. I love both the inks that I purchased and are as follows:
Kaweco Midnight Blue
Kaweco Caramel Brown
Again these inks were not part of my wishlist.
Ninth on the list one of my favorite these days “KWZ Inks“. These are handmade in Poland by husband and wife duo, Konrad and Agnieszka. They have almost 61 colors which include 21 Iron Gall inks. I purchased 12 inks last year few directly from Konrad and few from Fontoplumo. These again were not part of my wishlist and are as follows:
KWZ IG Green #3
KWZ IG Red #3
KWZ IG Turquoise
KWZ IG Green Gold
KWZ IG Violet #3
KWZ IG Blue #5
KWZ IG Aztec Gold
KWZ Monarch (Fontoplumo exclusive)
KWZ Azure #5
KWZ Grey Plum
I have got few purchases planned from KWZ this year also.
Tenth and last on the list is another Indian manufacturer “Bril“. These are one of the most trusted ink manufacturers in India and have now started taking orders online. I exhausted my Bril inks and thus needed a new complete set. These again were not part of my wishlist and are as follows:
Bril Turquoise Blue
Bril Laurel Rose
Bril Royal Blue
Inks that were part of my wishlist but did not make way to my cupboard are as follows with reasons listed:
Edelstein Aquamarine (was not convinced to buy because of the reviews)
Pen & Message – Cigar (difficult to get and too expensive)
Pen & Message – Vintage Denim (difficult to get and also had better choices)
Sankodo Canal Brown (difficult to get and too expensive)
Iroshizuku FuyuGaki (delayed for next year)
Diamine 1864 Blue Black (delayed for next year)
What were your purchases and what was your most expensive purchase aaaaand which ink you liked the most?
I received few Ink bottles from one of my friend in Indorewhich are Daytone Fountain Pen Inks. Daytone Inks are manufactured by Daylight industries and they are into ink manufacturing since 1956. More information can be found about the company here: Daytone Webpage
Apart from Inks, they manufacture a lot of other stationary items. But this review is about one of the fountain pens inks that they manufacture.
The inks that they manufacture ( 15 Nos. – increased from 8 Nos.) are as follows:
Also, I would like to add that I got these inks from my friend Daman who was kind enough to lend me the additional 7 colors for review.
This review is about OLIVE BROWN ink from Daytone.
Daytone Havana Brown comes in 60 ml plastic bottles and is priced at Rs. 20 Each (Indian Rupees). I hate their ink bottles it is most of the times next to impossible to insert the pen and fill ink in the pen.
The properties of the ink are similar to Havana Brown though the color is different. The color is exactly like Greenish Brown Olives. To me, it is quite an unusual color it writes brown when wet and dries towards the green olive color. I love the color of the ink but it ain’t that saturated and also I found out that the ink is more fluidic as in more watery.
The color is exactly like green olives which are like a greenish brown color and it is more towards brown where there is ink pooling.
INK DROPS IN WATER
The ink Performs best in Bold and wet medium nibs and looks faded in stub and fine nibs. I believe wetter stub nibs will suit this ink better. Ink also subtle shading.
BLOW UP WRITING SAMPLES
Ink is not at all waterproof or resistant almost everything gets washed out but yes there are still some lines visible. It also fades away if continuously exposed to sunlight for a longer duration.
COMPARISON WITH SIMILAR COLORS
From above samples, it is evident that the green is more towards the green side like green bottled olives which have certain brown tinge.
The color is beautiful. It has no feathering (barring the closeup with medium nib) and has lovely flow. Lubrication is okay. There is not much shading which is visible. Ink drying times are around 12 seconds.
Following are the summation of ink properties:
Flow: Very Good
Water Resistance: Bad
Drying Times: Very Good
Nib Creep: No
The ink can be bought from Amazon and Snapdeal. One of the links is given below.
The continuing chronicles of Jose Dalisay Jr., aka Butch Dalisay, a Filipino collector of old fountain pens, disused PowerBooks, '50s Hamiltons, creaky cameras, VW spare parts, poker bad beats, and desktop lint.