Ideally, I would like to merge my ‘new’ interest for handwriting and fountain pens into this blog without boring my readers to death. When an old blog, all of a sudden, takes on a completely different direction … usually, you lose! My blog didn’t have a direction so it shouldn’t be that much of a problem, right?! 🙂

I don’t know what it was like, back in the days when the use of fountain pens and ink was common, but I don’t think the supply of ink colours was what it is today. It’s literally endless.

The poppy is one of my favourite flowers … if not The Favourite … so I was drawn to this notebook by Rhodia, labelled as «Poppy Red» and I paired it with a ‘poppy red’ ink. Luckily they come in small bottles like the one in the picture — how often would one use red ink for writing anyway?! I use it only in my notebook … not letters.

Sometimes [ahem … quite often!] I ‘force’ my husband to try out new pens and look at various shades of this or that ink colour. He’s the only one around … (cat McDuff couldn’t care less). He complies, but then starts to read some Latin to me, from Cicero’s writings, just because I’m as interested in that as he is in inks LOL.

poppy_mugsPoppies don’t grow naturally around here and I hope that I’ll, one day, will get the opportunity to be in a field of poppies somewhere.

Every weekday, we have Coronation Street on TV here. I don’t follow it, but sometimes the TV is just on, and I see them using a gorgeous poppy mug when they drink tea [which they do pretty much all the time]. This is my current collection. I have some dinner plates too.

quick note — all-in-one

As I mentioned in previous post, I’ve merged the blogs I had into one. I must have been overly ambitious, thinking I could have two.

As I did so, you may or may not, have received email notifications … what WordPress calls «pingbacks». I didn’t think of that before I made the move. I should have, as I’ve done this before. I’m sorry about that.

It’s all set now, I’ve made most of the adjustments and here is a picture of one of my best fountain pen inks 😁.


impulse purchase

On Boxing Day [the day after Christmas], I was aimlessly browsing Amazon when this fountain pen appeared before me. It wasn’t on my radar — I’m not even sure it’s a pen I would have been interested in normally. However, the picture and the price appealed to me, and I thought “What the heck?! I’ll give Cross another chance!” I had some bad luck with Cross in the beginning. Love their ink, though. Anyway … it was, what Amazon called, a «lightning deal» 🙂 and it arrived yesterday.



The nib is solid gold 18K on this Cross Forever Pearl Sauvage. The term ‘buttery smooth’ is perhaps getting a little hackneyed, but there is no better way of describing how it writes. I now understand what gold nibs are all about. Mine is an F nib, but it lays down a pretty wet line and I’d compare it to a European F nib, but I knew that already. If there’s anything on the con side, and this is personal, it’s the metal grip section. I’m not a big fan of them … I find them a little slippery.

The ink in the background arrived at the same time. It could very well be the «grail» blue I’ve been looking for, but I won’t say for sure until the Iroshizuku asa-gao arrives from Japan. Graf von Faber-Castell’s inks are so good I have a hard time finding a suitable superlative. I didn’t like the colour of the first one I bought [Cobalt], but then I found out they had a Royal Blue. As much as I disliked the colour of Cobalt, I still used it in very fine-nibbed pens that tended to be scratchy. When I ink them up with GvFC they become smooth as ever. I’ll do a sampling of the ink when the Iroshizuku asa-gao arrives … they’re very close in colour.




Can’t say I’ve had much luck with purple inks. Tried J. Herbin’s Violette Pensée … it just never dried, and I’m left handed. It looked stunningly beautiful while wet! When it eventually dried, some 30 minutes later, on Tomoé River paper, it turned more blue-ish.

The example above is Diamine’s Amazing Amethyst. I like the colour. It tends to smear, when I’m not careful and wait long enough, as you can see in the beginning of the sample.

Pelikan’s Edelstein Amethyst — it’s a good, well-behaved ink like all other Edelsteins. I just don’t like the shading of it — it looks black, and now I have two bottles of it. The second bottle came with the pen, and the price was right. I wouldn’t have gone out and bought a second bottle otherwise.

Now I have a bottle of d’Atramentis Aubergine on the way. I feel a little excited about that … just hope it won’t be as slow drying as J. Herbin.


I don’t have a Visconti pen … it’s not a brand I feel myself drawn to.

In fact, it’s quite amazing how I, in only a few months, have already found my preferences when it comes to all this stuff in the fountain pen world … brand of pens, paper, inks and so on.

Now, I couldn’t resist the cute, little bakelite containers with Visconti ink cartridges. As I bought the Pelikan P205 in order to be able to use international standard cartridges, I might as well try a few.

The brown, I wrote about in previous post, but here it is again — this time in a wetter pen [Nemosine Singularity]. The blue has gotten here too. I felt excited about that before it arrived, because of some review I’d read. Also by online samples. Okay, it’s a nice blue ink, but nothing more. It’s very close to Quink or Sheaffer Skrip.


I’ve bought my first, pink ink. This is really weird … «me, getting a pink ink?!» Of all colours … But here I am with a full bottle of Pelikan’s colour of the year 2012; Edelstein Turmaline. I’d been eyeing it for some time — knowing it’s sold out everywhere else.

I put it in the Pelikan M400. That’s an F nib, and I think this would have benefitted from a finer nib than that. Can’t imagine writing a letter in this colour, but still … in some twisted way I’m glad I bought it 🙂



new ink


Not only my three packs of ink cartridges, but also a Sheaffer Sagaris fountain pen arrived. The latter was unexpected. It was said to arrive Wednesday.

I bought it basically because of the price (!). I paid $22. Thought it was cheaper because of the, perhaps less attractive colour, but the next minute I clicked on the same pen it was $44. I don’t know what happened there … whether it was a glitch within Amazon or what. In any event, I ended up paying $22. I’d never used a Sheaffer, and I want to try [almost] all of the major brands. I was positively surprised by this pen. I was worried it would be too slender for my taste. It’s not. Even if it were on the slim slide, the weight of it compensates for that. It has an F nib, and it is just that: fine. It’s what I consider a fine nib. Normally you always have to take into consideration whether it’s a Japanese fine, a European fine or American … This is fine 🙂 and I like it. It’s a keeper.

Over the run of this day, I’ve tested all my three inks. Since I have only one pen to use them it, it was a bit time consuming … the thorough cleansing between each. I have no idea what possessed me to buy the violet one, but obviously I did. In some strange way I like it. It’s a somewhat desaturated violet .. when I first started to write with it, it looked pink, but only until it had dried. It’s an extremely ‘wet’ ink. The colours you see in this picture … they were all written with the same nib!

greens_scanThe moss green from Faber-Castell is a very pleasant ink to write with and I like the green. It’s getting very close to my “ideal green” … but not fully.

Sepia is okay too. Same thing there — I don’t know why I chose sepia, when it really was the container I was after. Visconti has those gorgeous little bakelit containers for their cartridges, and I have since ordered a blue one. I saw a sample of Visconti blue online, and it seems to be very close to IKB (International Klein Blue) … a blue I love. We shall see when it shows up 🙂