Let’s take a look at KWZ Cappuccino, a beautiful creamy coffee brown! Background information KWZ is a new-to-me ink brand, though it’s been on the market since 2012. Konrad Żurawski is the one-man owner and manufacturer: according to his website, he started off trying to improve inks he owned and started making iron gall inks. It used to be that you could only order inks through his website, but luckily, it’s becoming easier to get. KWZ inks are packages in a simple glass bottle. I believe you get 60ml of ink. There’s a sticker on the front with the name of the ink as well as a small swatch, which appear to all be done by hand. The first thing you’ll notice when you open the bottle is that you get a heavy whiff of a vanilla scent, similar to the smell of vanilla extract. If you’re sensitive to smells, this definitely will not be the ink brand for you. The scent dissipates eventually, but my notebook still smells a bit like vanilla if I put my nose to it. Taking a look: the scan KWZ Cappuccino is a brown that leans orange. It reminds me a lot of the color […]
I do quite like special and fun things, and I love most colours… until one day, I found out that there is a particular ink that is COLOURLESS. That would have to be the Noodler’s Blue Ghost, of course. Initially, I couldn’t figure out for the life of me, why anyone would want to use a colourless ink. I got a 5mL sample from a nice friend and took it home. I’ve heard that one needs to use a black light torch (one that shines UV light) in order to be able to see the ink on paper. So I got one, and was ready to play with the ink. The Noodler’s Blue Ghost is a fluorescent ink, and by definition of Google, this is what it means: That means this ink absorbs UV rays (shorter wavelength), and reflects it in the form of visible light (longer wavelength), that’s why we are able to see it with our eyes after shining the black light onto it. Be warned, this is going to be a picture-heavy, and very blue post! You’re see why later. The ink is not colourless, in fact, it looks like a very very pale hint of mint. […]
Howdy, Readers! I haven’t been blogging for 2 months now – what a mess! In today’s post I’m going to introduce something pretty exciting: a very flexible nib on a modern pen! I hope this makes up for the lost time and lost pen-love on my blog! Those familiar with fountain pens may know that flexible nibs are great for writing really nice cursive calligraphic styles, such as the Copperplate style. The tines of the nib are bendy, thus the term “flexible”, or “flex” in short. When you apply pressure onto the nib, the tines bend, spread apart, and a thick line of ink is laid onto the paper. We are able to find a number of such nibs in vintage pens, which are definitely the more popular choice, because – there isn’t really isn’t much of a choice. Modern flex pens tend to be expensive and there aren’t a lot of options to choose from. One alternative to put a flex nib on a modern pen, but once again, you’ll need to search for the right nib in order to fit the pen that you like so much! There are also options to get the nibs modified (or “modded” in short-speak), […]
Today we’ll be talking about a new pen that I’ve got last year: the Noodler’s Konrad Acrylic fountain pen. We’ve had a new dealer for Noodler’s stuff in Singapore and he’s part of our fountain pen club, so when he brought all the stock in, you can be sure that we snapped them up like hungry hyenas. I bought two of the Konrads myself, and was pleased to hear that, being so new, the ones I have chosen hadn’t even been named yet. Let’s take in their entire beauty: Of course, these pens have been launched last year, and they have since been named beautiful names. The top, red and purple swirl patterned pen, is the Forbidden City, while the bottom blue-swirl patterned one, is the Marbled Marianas. As I’ve said before, I’m not such a great fan of red, but this red and purple is such a striking combination that I just had to get it! So this is the pen I am going to review today. The only other Noodler’s pen that I’ve ever owned or reviewed has been the Noodler’s Ahab Jade fountain pen. The Ahab and the Konrad both use the standard Noodler’s nib, and […]
In January this year, I hopped onto a mass order wagon together with my pals from SFPL, and bought a Noodler’s Ahab Flex Nib Piston Fill Fountain Pen from Goulet Pens. Phew, what a mouthful. Let’s keep things short and sweet and call it the “Ahab”. This post, however, is not going to be short and sweet. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Speaking of mouthfuls and sweetness, This pen looks very much like candy to me. I mean, it’s green with white swirls. Or white with green swirls, whatever you will. Doesn’t it remind you of candy such as the one in the picture? Not only does it look like candy, it smells too. Not really of candy, as it isn’t a very delicious smell, but it’s somewhat sweet-smelling. In the beginning, the smell was absolutely disgusting (sorry it wasn’t intended to be this way), but when it grows on you, it’s actually alright. Just remember to give this pen a good wash, inside-out, when you have just received it. I used dishwash liquid to soak the pen at Day One and tried rubbing the surfaces with my fingers to remove the top layer of volatile substances causing the […]
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