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Visconti Bourdeaux

9 Oct

I bought this ink on a whim because Swisher Pens was having a sale on them. At $6 a bottle I could hardly pass it up.

This is a quite well-behaved ink. I use this ink for grading student papers because it plays well with really poor cheap paper.
Feathering and bleed through are minimal on cheap papers and non-existent on higher quality papers.
The flow is quite generous, but the lubrication leaves something to be desired. Your pen definitely feels dry writing with this ink. Using a wet writer with a smooth nib will really help to alleviate this problem.
The drying time is quite good at around 5 seconds on all papers.
Shading is present, but not in your face. I good cursive Italic or Stub nib would probably show the most shading.
This ink is not at all waterproof. If you spill something on this ink you will likely lose most of what you have written.

Vis Bourdeaux Card

PR Orange Crush and The Best Season Change of All

5 Oct

Mento and PROC Card
Originally uploaded by Dizzypen

This is my absolute favorite time of year. Where I live it’s gone from hot and humid 90° weather to about 70° with a chill in the air. I just love this.

I am basically surrounded by trees and they are just beginning to change colors. There is just a bit of yellow and orange beginning to show in the tree leaves. It’s only a matter of time before they turn red and then begin to fall. What other season change is full of such beautiful warm colors and cozy weather?

So, in honor of my love of this time of year, I have inked up a Laban Mento in Autumn flake with Private Reserve Orange Crush. If it’s Autumn outside it might as well be Autumn in my office, right?

Now, about the ink:

The color is a fantastic autumn-y burnt orange. The color does change a bit when it come in contact with air and/or when it sits in the feed for a while. This means that when you first start writing, the ink starts out a bit brown and then changes to the orange-y color as you continue to write. I happen to love this color variance, but I understand that others may not.

PR Orange Crush is very well behaved. I’ve observed no feathering and no bleed through. The flow is generous, but it does give the pen a bit of a dry feel, so the lubrication could be better.

Now one major drawback to this ink is the dry time, it is incredibly slow drying on papers that have a slightly glossy finish ie Clairfontaine, Rhodia, Exacompta, etc. If you are using an absorbent paper, like inkjet paper, the drying time is not bad.

All in all, I really like this ink. If something could be done about the drying time I’d be in love with it. As is, it is a perfect Autumn ink.

Have you switched over to an Autumn ink? If so, what is it?

No Affil.

Here is a clearer picture of the review card:

PR Orange Crush Card

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