Written using Diamine Amaranth! One of the most educational things about inks is you learn about colors you didn’t even realize existed, especially in the case of flowers.
As with round-tipped nibs, stub nibs can vary in size. This OMAS stub is just labelled as a stub, whereas the Visconti is labelled as a 1.3 mm stub. The Stipula is a 1.3 mm stub, but feels like an italic, and the Parker is a medium italic. Italics are some of my favorites!
Trying to figure out what model your vintage Waterman is? Many of them have an imprint on the end of the barrel. Depending how old and worn it is, you may be able to see it quite clearly. The numbers can tell you a lot about your pen – visit Mr. Richard Binder’s site to find out what your pen may be!
A nib grade can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and to make it even more confusing, the actual writing width can vary from nib to nib. Higher end nibs are often finished by hand, and unless each is measured precisely, they will be different. They all look like mediums, roughly, but when you really start looking and writing with them, some are more wet, some are softer, some are wider, some offer more line variation. …
I get asked this question a lot: what’s the best flex nib? I can’t answer that because I haven’t used that many compared to the amount that are available. What I can say is my favorite flex nibs are found on vintage Watermans. Although some modern flex pens offer some semi-flexible nibs, and they are getting better and better, I still say, if you want a nice, soft, juicy nib, go vintage!
Caran d’Ache discontinued this stunning Saffron ink, and replaced it with their Chromatics line. I have no idea why, because this is an amazing color, named after the spice. Saffron is rich in color and doesn’t come cheap, so it’s no surprise this is such a lovely ink!
Pelikan, as you know, makes more than just great pens. The Pelikan Edelstein range is named after gem stones, and in this case, Jade. This is just a representation of the gemstone, which can apparently vary in color. Being a natural material, that’s not surprising. I like this one a lot.
There’s such a range of turquoise inks, and I’m not sure if they’re all accurate in their naming system. I don’t really care, because they’re pretty. They also look very different when used with different nibs. What’s your favorite turquoise?
Turquoise. One of my favorite ink colors, and there’s so many to choose from! Of course, one of my favorites is no longer available: Caran d’Ache Caribbean Sea. I’m still looking for a close match.
What’s a little royal blue? What’s your favorite royal blue? I used to think this was a boring color to put in my pens, and then it started to grow on me. I kept using it because many of them were easy to wash out, as many were washable, and I thought, maybe these aren’t so boring after all. Now, I have at least two bottles on hand at all times. Go figure! Pictured: Montblanc …