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Beware Online Ink Swatches (via An Inkophile’s Blog)

14 Jul

Margana at An Inkophile’s Blog is one of my very favorite bloggers. She always tells it like it is, and her most recent post is no exception.

We can all get a little obsessed about finding/doing something perfect, but perfection is out of our reach. Humans are fallible and our machines are even more so.

It simply is not possible to create a perfect computerized image of any color sample. The way the human eye sees color only confirms this. Our vision, lighting, alertness, and so on all affect the way we see a color. The line width, wetness, flexibility, paper type and so on affect the way ink looks on the page. And then there’s the fact that many of us (and this is especially true of men) suffer from some degree of color-blindness! Not to mention the inability of computerized images to capture the vibrancy, depth and so on of any given color. There are too many variables of which only a small fraction can be controlled.

So, even if we could get an ink color to “look perfectly accurate” on the screen it is still more likely than not to vary greatly from the color we see when we put ink to paper.

We all see color differently image quality aside. This is why one person might see J. Herbin 1670 ink as red-orange while another sees it as blood red while yet another see it as a true red. Just look at any three ink reviews and you’ll see everyone describe the color differently.

The best we can do is approximate a color. Anyone looking at an online sample as perfect is setting themselves up for disappointment, and anyone claiming to have a perfect scan is setting themselves up to field complaints about how people feel they were misled.

As Margana says, you really do have to see an ink on the page in order to know whether or not it is the one for you. Please take a carefully look at what she says. She’s right on the money so far as I’m concerned.

The subject of online ink swatches and color representation has come up several times this past week. Some of us have learned the hard way that anything we see on a monitor is as likely to be inaccurate as not. Frustrating but so is buying an ink that disappoints. Even the so-called color adjustment aids are no guarantee. A respected inky friend reminded me just yesterday how true this is. Since the specific ink in question was developed with her … Read More

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Tips For Buying From A Pen Board (via An Inkophile’s Blog)

23 Jun

This is sounds advice, and a highly recommended read. Just like Inkophile, I was recently burned in a message board pen deal. Like her the seller agreed to pay for the nib to be fixed, but it was more of a hassle than I bargained for.

Read. Digest. Integrate.

Dizzy

This truly is a long post. Not interested in reading the details? If I were you I might not either so key points are listed below for those who prefer CliffsNotes to the full story. No offense taken if that works for you. Key Points: Don’t let the pressure (competition) best your common sense. Message board participation does not make a reliable seller. Read the fine print as well as between the lines. Ask questions and pay close attention to how … Read More

via An Inkophile’s Blog

Advertising on Blogs. What do you think?

18 Jun

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Firstly, let me just say up front, that I have no intention of advertising on The Dizzy Pen. Now that that bit is out of the way…

I’ve noticed that an ever-increasing number of bloggers are participating in Amazon Associates or similar programs that allow you to link to products on your blog. The blogger selects products, links to them from their blog and collects a referral fee if a reader clicks the link and purchases the item.

I’m not sure where I stand on this. On one level it is convenient for me as a reader because I can go directly to the item mentioned and know I’m looking at the specific product the blogger recommends. Another part of me is completely turned off by the practice.

I visit quite a few pen, ink and paper blogs. One of my favorites is now so loaded down with Amazon ads that it takes me forever and a day to load the page. The problems with loading have negatively impacted how often I visit the site.

I’m curious about what you all think about this. I’ve created a poll and placed it in my sidebar. Please take a moment to participate. I’d also love to read your comments, so if you have something to say please post it.

Thanks,
Dizzy

NB: What I call “blogger selected fee for referral advertising” is not the same as a blog host site (like WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, etc) inserting advertising into a blog without the specific authorization of the blogger. That’s another issue entirely, and one that caused me to leave LiveJournal.

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Mont Blanc Toffee Brown Review and the Elizabeth I

9 Jun

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Photo from Wheelers

I don’t often get a chance to stop by the MB Boutique, but I was able to get over there on Monday. The man at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. I went in knowing I wanted the Toffee Brown or the Lavender Purple. They didn’t have LP so TB it was.

The salesman allowed me to use a MB146 with a medium nib to  dip test the ink  before I bought it. I immediately fell in love with it. Now it should be noted that I’m not really a “brown ink kind of person”. I generally don’t care for brown inks with the exception of R&K Sepia and JH Cacao du Bresil, but this one just sang to me.

This ink is true to it’s name. It looks a bit like homemade toffee. It’s a rich medium brown with yellow and red undertones. It’s well behaved as all MB inks are, and the bottle is super functional (click the above picture for more photos of the bottle and packaging).

The details:

  • No feathering or bleeding
  • Flow and Lubrication is average: not too wet and not too dry.
  • Average drying time at about 7 seconds on several papers including Rhodia/Clairefontaine
  • The shading is magnificent especially with a soft nib like this 18k medium VP
  • There is absolutely no water resistance whatsoever. Klutzes beware!

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While I was at the boutique the salesman allowed me to handle fondle the Red Mont Blanc Elizabeth 1 (limited to 888 pens). Let me just say that the pictures don’t even come close to the beauty of this pen! The size, weigh, fit and finish are just spectacular. If only I could afford the several thousand dollars it would take to buy one…

From the MB website

Here are the specs from the MB website:

Introduction: May 2010
Limited to: 888 fountain pens

  • Body and cap of solid 750 rose gold, coated with crimson transparent lacquer and decorated with the Tudor rose
  • Body and cap, even underneath the transparent lacquer, decorated with ornaments recalling the binding of the book “The Miroir or Glasse of the Synneful Soul”.
  • Rose gold clip with a princess-cut green garnet (~0.21 ct.)
  • Hand made 18 K rose gold nib with engraved royal crown motif

If you get a chance to look one over you should!

No Affil.

Hello and Welcome to Our New Home!

8 Jun

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Hello all and welcome to The Dizzy Pen’s new home.

I’ve had to leave LiveJournal as the ads were becoming ever more intrusive. In addition, the format was quite cumbersome. WordPress seems infinitely more user-friendly. I’ve imported all of my posts from the LiveJournal site, so we are good to go.

Please update your bookmarks, RSS feeds, etc.

Dizzy 🙂

4×4 Yellow Ruled Post-it Note pad

19 Feb

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Since I’m avoiding doing my work and since someone posted a topic on FPN about being unable to find Fountain Pen Friendly Post-It Notes I thought I’d post a quick and dirty review of these.

I love post-it notes and use them pretty much everyday. On my desk I always have one of these 4×4 Yellow Ruled Post-it Note pads.

I’m not sure about every other type of Post-It and I’m not sure about quality control on these, but the ones I’ve used are exceptionally FP friendly. In fact, the paper out performs many other cheap papers I’ve tried despite the fact that it is lightly coated.

There is no feathering or bleed through.
Drying time is a bit extended (probably because of the coating).
The lines do not absorb ink as you can see in the photo.

HTH and No Affil.

My Arsenal

16 Feb

This is from a post I made on FPN. I’ve been thinking a lot about the pen, paper, and ink products I use. I have such variety that I though why not sit down and think about what are my essentials, my staples, the things I can’t live without. This is what I’ve come up with. I can safely say that, at this point, if any of these things go missing, get broken, or whatever I will be hunting down replacements just as fast as I can say "Charge It!"

My arsenal:

  • Pens- Levenger Plumpster, Pilot VP, Stipula Vedo, and Edison Glenmont bulb filler . I have 14 pens, but these pens represent my workhorse pens. At least one or two are always inked. Should any of the above pens break or be lost they will have to be replaced forthwith! All are fantastic writes and offer different conveniences. The Plumpster is fat, comfortable, and a c/c systems which offers some flexibility when traveling. The VP’s retractable nib makes it the perfect notes pen. The Vedo is a piston filler with good ink capacity, comfortable design, and a great custom nib. The Edison was designed to my specifications which makes it a staple by default. I mostly use it for journaling and letter writing.
  • Inks- Mont Blanc Violet and Visconti Blue. I have 32 bottles of ink and an equal number of samples. This one was hard to nail down, but out of all my inks these are the two that absolutely are never going to be allowed to run out. I have others near this category: Levenger True Teal, Noodler’s Turquoise, Diamine Prussian blue, but MB Violet and Visconti Blue are in a league of their own.
  • Journal- I don’t have a signature journal as yet, but I am very partial to theExacompta Basics Gold Edged journals and Paperchase journals.
  • Stationery- American Stationery Business Monarch. I have several I like and use often including Crane’s 90gsm Pearl White, Rhodia blank pads, and G. Lalo, but I always come back to the Business Monarch. It’s perfect for my needs.
  • Paper for everyday use- Staples Bagasse and HP LaserJet 24lb. These two papers are cheap, abundant, and extremely fp friendly. I have to say the HP LaserJet took me by surprise. It is superbly FP friendly with just about all my pens and inks: No feathering or bleedthrough. It’s surprisingly robust and available at a big box office supply store near you! I love Clairefontaine and Rhodia as well, but they are a bit more expensive than I’d like for everyday mundane writing.
  • Planner- Quo Vadis Septanote(Trinote). This is my perfect planner. It never fails to come through for me and the paper is fantastically FP friendly. It’s in weekly format which is perfect for me as I like to plan by the week. It has ample room for appointments and ample room for notes. There is also a side bar for other important notes. Really, I couldn’t live without it.
  • Misc- Circa Desk Punch, discs, and covers. Ok, this is pending. I’ve already discovered that I LOVE the disc bound system. My punch is coming just as soon as my simply irresistible kit gets off back order! :glare: I’m not shooting blind on this one. I have used the disc bound system before (Clairefontaine Clairing notebooks) and have been longing for a system I could customize. I just had to justify the cost to myself. The disc bound system is just perfection for me. It holds everything securely while allowing for a lot of flexibility since you can easily remove and relocate pages and add pages were need be. My notebooks will be filled primarily with HP LaserJet 24lb paper and Staples Bagasse.

I have no idea what my readership is like (if I have one at all), but if anyone is out there reading this please feel free to let me/us know what is in your arsenal as well.

NB: Many of these items have already been reviewed here and are linked where appropriate. All the others are in the works and will be appearing soon as I can get to them.

Ode to Beaker

6 Oct

I just had to post this. I LOVE Beaker. This video clip is awesome!

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