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Fountain Pen Day Giveaway Winners!

Happy Fountain Pen Day

Holy Cow! We had so many entries into the Fountain Pen Day giveaway it was mind boggling! I am so excited to be able to give away so many great prizes and so much interest and enthusiasm around Fountain Pen Day.  So much so that I drew an extra name and put together a bonus package of goodies including a JetPens mini fountain pen, a notebook and a few other goodies to help spread more Fountain Pen Day love so there are even more giveaway winners!

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Each winner was notified by email so congrats to everyone and have a great and fountain pen-tastic Fountain Pen Day!

Fountain Pen Day Giveaway!

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In honor of Fountain Pen Day, I’ve been collecting goodies all year to give away. So here goes:

  1. Kaweco Sport ICE Black with a Fine Nib from direct from Kaweco (new in box).
  2. Delta Virtuosa with Medium Nib (recently tested and reviewed here on the blog. This is the pen I tested here. It will be cleaned, returned to the box and shipped with all its original packaging in good-as-new condition and will include some ink samples form my collection).
  3. $25 E-Gift Certificate for JetPens.
  4. Nock Co Fishing Vest enamel pin and sticker.
  5. Well-Appointed Desk rubber stamp assortment and “Sh*t to Do” notepad.
  6. Fountain Pen Day Swag Package including stickers, buttons, bookmarks and more collected from pen shows throughout the year (rare and limited edition goodies included).

TO ENTER: Please leave a comment and tell me what you are planning to do to celebrate Fountain Pen Day (FYI: It’s this Friday!)

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Thursday, November 3, 2016. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Friday (FPD!!!). Winners will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). I’ll pick the numbers in order, first number will get the Kaweco, second the Delta and so on…

Please include your REAL email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 14 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US and APO addresses only please this time since I’m shipping merchandise. Next time, I promise to open it up to all my international readers.

BIG THANKS: to Kaweco, JetPens, Nock Co, Fountain Pen Day, Pen Chalet and all my awesome sponsors who have provided samples, products and support all year. Send them some love!

Winners: Denik Notebook Giveaway

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Holy Cow (to quote my favorite Cubs announcer)! We have a lot of winners to announce in the Denik notebook giveaway. So here’s the list of lucky winners:

  • Marie E.
  • Brian N.
  • Brenda
  • Rose
  • Alan T.
  • Dave M.
  • KF
  • Nick VZ
  • Heidi
  • Vivian

You have each been contacted by email to get your mailing address. If I don’t hear from you within a week, I’ll have to draw new names. Okay? Time (and notebooks) don’t wait for slow pokes! Check your junk mail filters! Congrats to the winners and big thanks to Denik for their generosity!

 

 

Giveaway: Denik Notebooks

Denik Love Sketchbook

Last week, I did an epic review of the Denik notebooks and I’ve been using the Denik Sketchbook for my Inktober challenge as well.

The kind folks at Denik have 10 notebooks for me to give away so you can have a chance to try them out yourselves.

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THE RULES: Leave a comment below and tell me which Denik notebooks covers above is your favorite. Those are the ones you have the chance to win. One entry per person.


FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, October 24, 2016. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. Your email address will be forwarded to Denik who will handle the shipping. The giveaway will be open to US residents only.

Thanks to Denik for sending these the notebooks and giving all my readers a chance to try them too. Be sure to check out all their notebooks and sketchbooks.

Giveaway Winner: J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre

J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre

Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their color inspirations for Caroube de Chypre. I loved reading what the color evoked for everyone.

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The winner of the giveaway was Sandra. I’ve contacted her via email. I hope the color lives up to her expecatations!

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Ink Review: J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre

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J. Herbin has introduced another ink to the 1670 line, Caroube de Chypre which is a lovely deep chocolately brown with gold flecks. I love the look of the 1670 bottles despite being difficult to use with large nibbed fountain pens or for getting ink out beyond the first few fills. I like the gold cord, the waax seal and the wax around the cap. They are beautiful, fancy treats and the only bottles that often sit out on my table for months.

J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre gold particles in the bottle

The gold flecks do settle so be sure to roll or shake the bottle before filling your pens in order to distribute the  flecks evenly.

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I tested the ink with both a dip pen and in my Lamy Safari Joy with a 1.1mm nib. The color appears much darker with the dip nib where in the stub 1.1mm, the color is a warmer, lighter shade of brown. Almost like dark chocolate and milk chocolate depending on which tool I chose.

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The ink dried pretty quickly in the Lamy but took quite awhile to dry when I used a dip pen, especially on the Rhodia paper.

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I took my ink samples out into the sunlight to best capture the gold. I took two different shots. Depending on how much I turned the swatch in the light, you can get a better impression of the ink catching the light, both in the swab and even in the writing. I hope it is easier to see the greenish halo as well. There’s such a variety of depth to the color. I’m not normally a fan of brown inks because I find them rather flat and dull. They don’t have the variety and sheens and shading that blues and purples and reds often get but Caroube de Chypre is the exception to that. Thank you, sparkle, shimmer and shine!

J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre in the sunlight

J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre swatch comparison

Back inside, under more sedate lighting conditions, you can see the brown in comparison with some of the few brown inks in my collection. Caroube de Chypre is a bit more of a neutral brown than Kaweco Caramel Brown which has a bit more red in it. I put in the swatches of KWZ Honey and Callifolio Heure d’Oree knowing those are both quite popular colors at the moment and every other brown or sepia color I had was much darker, or cooler in tone. These were the closest in hue, all feeling the most candy-like.

I know that, of the 1670 colors, Emerald of Chivor has been one of the most popular colors but I actually quite like Caroube de Chypre and I think moving into fall and winter, this is the perfect hot cocoa color. I do find that the gold particles seem to settle even faster in Caroube de Chypre but I also think that means that they are smaller and lighter and less likely to clog overall. It does mean that you’ll want to roll your pen regularly to redistribute the gold as you use it though. My best recommendation is to put this ink in a demonstrator pen like a TWSBI 580 or a Lamy Safari with a wide nib so you can see when the gold flecks start to settle. Then gentle roll the pen on the table a couple times to redistribute the gold in the ink.

J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre

I purchased my bottle of Caroube de Chypre at the DC Pen Show from Federalist Pens.

The Giveaway:

The fine folks at Exaclair kindly sent me a bottle of J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre so that I could spread the love of chocolate gold dust around. So, one lucky reader can win a bottle of Caroube de Chypre of their very own.

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what Caroube de Chypre reminds you of.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Sunday, September 25, 2016. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Monday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please use your REAL email address (not some crappy Hotmail account you never check) in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If the winner does not respond within 14 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US residents & APO only. Sorry international folks… but hey, your croissants are better!


DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Exaclair for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Giveaway Winners: Baron Fig Vanguards

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Thanks to everyone who entered to win one of the three Baron Fig Vanguard notebook sets that I have to giveaway. Here are the winners as selected by the handy-dandy Random Number Generator:

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Anissa called the Dot Grid so it seems like fate. Carla and Ida get to choose between the Flagship Ruled and the Pocket Blank. I’ll email you all to arrange shipping and see what they chose. Thanks again to everyone who entered and a big thanks to Baron Fig for providing the products for this giveaway.

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