Review: Birmingham Inks Point Park – Fountain Turquoise


Finally, I found time to post this review. I really enjoyed trying out this ink. I’m afraid the photos didn’t really do justice on how pretty this ink is. It’s really better to enjoy it in person. Anyway, I’ll try my best.

Birmingham Inks - Point Park - Fountain Turquoise

Fountain Turquoise is quite a pretty ink. It kind of reminds me of Pilot Iroshizuku SyoRo when it dries, without the sheen. It’s a simpler version of it, I think. A nice blue-green color that tilts just a little bit towards the green side of the spectrum. It’s sufficiently saturated to make it suitable for daily writing, even for work-related notes, but the color is ambiguous enough to give you pause and wonder about it. I love the flow as well, it’s a moderate to wet-flowing ink. It dries relatively fast at 15-20 seconds, without noticeable feathering. It’s a head-turner, for me. It’s not water-resistant, though it leaves behind a faint, purplish line. It washes away pretty easily. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

Birmingham Inks - Point Park - Fountain Turquoise

Birmingham Inks - Point Park - Fountain Turquoise

Birmingham Inks - Point Park - Fountain Turquoise

Birmingham Inks - Point Park - Fountain Turquoise

Birmingham Inks - Point Park - Fountain Turquoise

Birmingham Inks - Point Park - Fountain Turquoise

Birmingham Inks are available exclusively at Everything Calligraphy.

Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa Nezu


Pilot Iroshizuku Limited Edition Itoya Inks

Here is another one of this year’s limited edition inks from Pilot Iroshizuku. It’s called Fukugawa-Nezu. It’s a grey ink that’s quite cool to the eyes but still saturated enough so that it’s easy to read. I think it’s a pretty shade of grey, and reminds me of the color of a koala bear’s fur.

Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa-Nezu

Pardon the wobbly drawing. I iz tired, gaaah.

Anyhoo, I like that this ink is almost silver in color. The only grey ink I have in my collection is Stormy Grey. I’m not much of a grey ink user so I never thought of adding more to it. This seems a bit lighter in color than Stormy Grey’s base color. It has some shading, though not very expressive. There’s  also no noticeable sheen.

This ink flows pretty well, but it dries fast too (around 10 seconds with a cursive italic fine nib). What’s pretty remarkable is that it’s water resistant.

Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa-Nezu

Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa-Nezu

Coolness. The color would probably make it an interesting ink to use for pen and wash paintings (if you want your lines to be less obvious than black ink) or for pen and ink sketches.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa-Nezu

Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa-Nezu

Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa-Nezu

Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa-Nezu

Overall, I like it the ink because it’s readable but stands out as a grey ink, not just a washed out black ink. Also, it’s water resistant so I can really use it for drawings and watercolor paintings in my journal.

Iroshizuku Fukugawa Nezu and other limited edition inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Pen used: Franklin Christoph pocket 40, steel cursive italic (fine) nib
Paper: Tomoe River white

Review: Robert Oster Golden Antiqua


Wow. This is another interesting ink color in the lineup of Robert Oster Signature Inks. Golden Antiqua reminds me so much of Pilot Iroshizuku Ina Ho, except it’s more saturated (more brown than golden yellow) so it’s easier to read. It also reminds me of the color of wheat. It’s a color that reminds me of so many things in nature. Look at that gorgeous shading too. It’s a very eye-catching ink that makes you want to look closer. My first impression of it was now THIS is what golden brown should look like.

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Among the other Robert Oster Inks, this one is just a teeny-tiny bit dry compared to others. It doesn’t have problems with the flow, but it just feels a bit dryer by comparison to the other inks that I tried. I think it’s pretty impressive that these Robert Oster inks all have great flow, all are pretty well-behaved, and they all have really great, vibrant colors. This is a nice, golden brown ink that somehow seems almost like it’s gleaming, even if it has no shimmer. It has gradations of dark golden brown to light golden yellow, which makes for very expressive shading. It also has the slightest, nearly imperceptible silvery sheen if you use a wet nib on good paper It’s very suitable for regular writing, you don’t have to struggle to read it. It’s nicely saturated without losing its beautiful golden hues. Drying time is pretty short, like the other Robert Oster inks that I tried–a bit over 10 seconds even on a wet medium nib and Tomoe River paper. It’s also not water resistant. I wish Robert Oster will make waterproof inks in the future. I would be so down for that. Anyway, here are a few close ups of the writing sample: Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster inks are exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Everything Calligraphy.

Review: Robert Oster Crimson


Robert Oster Crimson

Here’s another Robert Oster Signature Ink that I tried last week, Crimson. My first impression was that it didn’t look like an extremely red ink. When it’s wet, it looks more like dark old rose, but it gets darker as it dries.

Robert Oster Crimson

Like the other Robert Oster inks that I’ve been using these past couple of weeks, I find this color to be rather easy on the eyes. It’s vibrant but also a bit muted at the same time. It’s not a screaming, angry kind of red, but a more reserved, muted red.

I really like how it feels in the pen that I used. It flows moderately wet, but doesn’t feel like it’s too wet. It doesn’t bleed or feather much and it’s really well-behaved. It dries pretty quickly (between 10-15 seconds on a wet, medium nib) and has a bit of shading. It’s a gorgeous ink and is really easy to read because it’s nicely saturated and easy on the eyes. It’s not very water resistant, though. I like that like the other Robert Oster inks that I tried, this one’s color stays vibrant on paper even when it’s dry. It doesn’t appear washed out and has a lovely way of popping out of the page. For people who would like to use it in pen and wash drawings, the ink does wash very nicely.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Signature inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Ink Review: Akkerman Hopjesbruin


I’ve been hearing about these Akkerman inks for a while, but since they’re not locally available, I never really looked into them. When Stationer Extraordinaire opened a pre-order of these inks, I signed up just to try out the brand. Also, I figured if I didn’t like the ink, at least the bottle would be interesting. Coincidentally, the color I picked matched the pen I bought for my birthday (but I’ll save that for another post). When I got the Akkerman ink that I ordered, I was really happy with the bottle and the box. I love the vintage vibe to everything about it.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

Isn’t that gorgeous? It’s the kind of bottle you’d put on a desk for decorative purposes. The bottle also isn’t just beautiful, it’s also practical. I wish more ink manufacturers will make their bottles with openings that are convenient even for big pens. The neck of the bottle has this ball stopper that makes that portion an ink collector. It will be much easier for your pen to fill up on the last drops of your precious ink if you have an ink collector like this.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

As for the ink itself, I love it a lot. It’s the shade of brown that I really, really like. Reminds me of honey. It’s brown with some tones of yellow, similar to Pelikan Edelstein Amber, but less yellow than that. It’s a lot easier to read.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

I like this kind of brown because it’s less serious-looking than dark browns. Less business-like and more complex and lighthearted. The color is probably not suitable for writing official/work documents, but I’ve been writing my journal entries with it since I got it, I like it a lot. It’s like a mixture of caramel, amber, golden brown, and sepia. It has an aged,warm feel to it. If you try it on more porous paper, it appears darker.

I would recommend using it with a wet writer because the flow is dry to moderate. It also dries up fast, between 10 to 15 seconds on a medium nib. It’s not very waterproof,  but I already expected that. I tried writing on cream-colored paper and oh. My. Gosh. It’s just so gorgeous. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

Overall, it’s an instant favorite! Love at first sight. 🙂

Review: J. Herbin Violette Pensee


J. Herbin Violette Pensee

Here’s another ink sample I got through Everything Calligraphy. J. Herbin’s Violette Pensee (Violet Thought). It’s a nice violet ink with strong blue undertones. In person, the blue component of the ink is a bit less obvious. It’s really more like a muted purple. It’s pretty easy on the eyes, not an extremely vibrant, highly-saturated purple. I took several photos of it but it always looks more ambiguous on photo than in person.

The flow is pretty good, quite wet actually. It takes a good 25-30 seconds when I used it with my Cross Century II, which is one of my wettest medium nib. There’s some shading to it too. Here are a few close ups:

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

Not exactly water resistant, though it leaves a very faint blue line behind.

Overall, I would use this for daily writing. There are some shades of purple that I just can’t tolerate because they look a lot like those stamp pad inks in offices. This is a more muted kind of purple. It flows wet, though. Takes a few seconds to dry. People who are in a hurry to take notes might find the dry time too long. Of course that depends on the paper and the nib that you use.

Ink Review: J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis


I got a sample of J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis (Tears of Black Currant) from Everything Calligraphy a couple of weeks ago. I’m not too big on purple or purplish inks, I admit I’m still hung up on Bilberry and J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune but it’s always great to try new ink colors.

My first impression on J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis is that it doesn’t really look like black currant. That would actually be a super cool ink color, though. It looks more like ube.

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

It starts out looking light and a bit too timid, but it gets darker as it dries. It’s not a bold purple, but it’s not too soft-looking either. I’m not sure if it’s just because I used it with a stub, but it doesn’t offer too much shading. Some people will like that, but I like my inks very shade-y.

The flow is pretty wet, and it took about 20 seconds for the ink to dry on Tomoe River paper. It’s not an extremely complex-looking ink, there’s no sheen or distinctly ambiguous undertones. It’s just a pretty shade of soft purple. It’s saturated enough to use for daily writing, it’s not hard to read. It’s a well-behaved ink that takes just a tad longer to dry. It’s also not water resistant. It leaves a very faint blue line behind, but most of the color washed away after a 30 second soak.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

It’s really like writing with liquid ube. Now I’m hungry. Overall, it’s a pleasant purple ink. The kind that grows on you as you use it.