Category Archives: review

Tools: Sheaffer’s Skrip Red Ink 02

I found a great deal on a vintage ink, and have read that they often are still good. I bought it because the very cool jar it comes in has an inkwell to the side, and figured I could always … Continue reading

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Inks in Depth: Robert Oster Fire Engine Red

A couple of years ago I went on a hunt for a perfect red. Being a primary color, a “perfect red” needs to be neither leaning yellow-orange, nor to purple-blue… it needs to be that lovely middle color! My favorite … Continue reading

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Inks: SketchInks versus Super5

Just a quick review of SketchINKs versus Super5 inks… WATERPROOF! Not at all scientific as I’ve not bought ALL the SketchINKs and so cannot comment on them all… but in my limited experience with the two SketchINKs I have bought, … Continue reading

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Inks in Depth: Robert Oster Melon Tea

I LOVE complex colors — Inks (or watercolors) that are just a little unpredictable in that they change and do their own thing when touched by water! Some all it shading, but it rarely happens except in wide nibbed pens. … Continue reading

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Inks in Depth: Robert Oster Thunderstorm

Robert Oster comes in 50ml plastic bottles that are environmentally friendly. They can be tippy, so I usually put them in a more solid container to decant.  All my pens fit easily into the bottle opening to fill. I have … Continue reading

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Tools: Tilt-Well Tilted Ink Bottle Stand

Recently I finished a bottle of DeAtramentis Document Black ink. To get my syringe full, I had to hold it precariously in one hand while trying to pull the syringe up.  That didn’t work.  So I ended up putting it … Continue reading

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Inks in Depth: Birmingham Allegheny Observatory Celestial Blue

 I like what Birmingham says on their website: “We started Birmingham Pen Co. in 2012 in the Southside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with the doors of our first retail shop opening to the public in 2016. The region of Pittsburgh where … Continue reading

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