It has been a very very long time since I have visited my blog let alone updated it. I fully intend on returning to blogging, but I’ve been going through some major life changes since I was last here.
I’ve received several kind messages and well wishes from you all, and I just wanted to say thank you. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
Hope to be back blogging sooner rather than later,
As you all know, my grandfather has been gravely ill.
I am sad to say that he passed away today at the age of 91. I’ll be traveling and dealing with family/arrangements for a while.
I won’t be able to blog. I think I have a couple posts auto-scheduled for the interim, but I won’t be around to answer questions, etc.
I will be back on October 3 with a HUGE announcement that you won’t want to miss, so be sure to check back.
If you are a member of FPN you may know that my grandpa has been gravely ill. I had to fly home to be with him, so I won’t be able to post any new reviews for the next week.
I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes I’ve received thus far, and I ask that you please keep my family and I in prayer during this difficult time.
There was going to be a review of the Pilot 823 today, but I had to get a new monitor, and now I’m having issues with the colors and set-up, so I’m going to have to push the review to tomorrow.
It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve posted anything.
As some of you know, I have been ill. I have been focused to getting better rather than blogging. I am glad to say that I am doing much much better now, and I hope to be back to blogging within the week.
Hey Guys! It’s hard to believe I’m been away from my blog and the writing community for nearly two months. My apologies for the unannounced absence. As most of you know, I’m a graduate student. I’ve had a string of major deadlines for school, and I had to step back from my hobby. It was taking up too much time, time I need to spend working on my dissertation project. I’m finally coming up for air, but I probably will not be able to be as active as I once was. I simply must put school first. At any rate, I have a mountain of finished reviews that I just need to get scanned in, edited, and written up, so there are many reviews to come including thirty or so Diamine ink and Noodler’s new Black Swan ink. Thanks for reading!
I love dusky purples. I think I’m pretty open about that. Heck, my website is purple, and my custom-made Edison Glenmont is purple. So I’ve always wanted to try the Scaboisa.
I’ve got to say, I’m actually pretty impressed with this ink. In addition to the superb color. It goes down a dusky purple, but changes to a purplish brown over time. It’s also relatively free-flowing for an iron gall ink. It flows better for me than Diamine Registrar’s Blue. An added benefit is, of course, it’s waterproofness.
All in all, an excellent iron gall ink that I’d definitely recommend to anyone who loves dusky ink colors and who is looking for a good waterproof ink.
- No feathering or bleeding. (cheap paper friendly)
- Good flow, but it does have the dry feeling that is characteristic of iron gall inks.
- The drying time is average
- Offers good shading
(click to enlarge and sharpen the image)
This sample was sent to me for review by Ryan at Pear Tree Pens. I am not otherwise affiliated with PTP.
I’ve got to run to the post office today so I might as well announce the winner and ship the Quo Vadis Student planner off while I’m there.
According to Random.org the winner is…
lucky number 3!
Congrats to David Maliniak! I’ll contact you by email with further information.
My aunt suddenly and unexpectedly passed away yesterday, and with her children in a state of utter shock and paralysis I have been asked to plan the funeral arrangements.
As such, I’m not going to have time to do any blog posts or really check in on this site.
I apologize in advance.
To the winners of the Webbies… I will get them in the mail as soon as I have a free moment.
There may be a delay in announcing the winners for the Quo Vadis planner.
This post marks the beginning of an Iroshizuku segment. I’ve got 8 samples and 2 bottles of Iroshi to get through. This ink is truly amazing. It is fantastic stuff. The colors on the whole are quite unique.
As mentioned in the Iroshizuku Price Hike and Finding Affordable Substitutes post, this ink now has an MSRP of $35 (you can find it for $28 at JetPens). I personally refuse to spend that much on a bottle of ink, so I’m on the look out for suitable (and cheaper) alternatives. So, the format for these reviews is going to be a bit different. First, I’m going to review the Iroshi ink, then I’m going to show you an alternative to it if I’ve found one.
I hope you will enjoy it. In the meantime, let me show you a scan of the 10 Iroshi inks in question. NOTE: you might need something to catch your drool…
(You can click to enlarge this photo, but be forewarned, it is HUGE.)
Note2: The bottom and side portions are written using a Speedball B-5 1/2 dip pen nib. It writes just like a western broad nib. The paper is from a Rhodia N° 18 Blank pad.