Today in use is one of my all time favorite ebonite pen which is made in India, Krishna Solo 2. It is fitted with MB Upturned Grind nib from Dr. Sreekumar of Krishna Pens. The pen is filled with Private Reserve Shoreline Gold Ink.
Today’s thought is related to life-related experiences and comes from Will Rogers. Will Rogers a known stage actor and performer was also popularly known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son”.
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?
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.