Ink Review: Papier Plume Iron Lace (New Orleans Collection)

Ink Review: Papier Plume Iron Lace (New Orleans Collection)

When Papier Plume sent me the newest edition to their New Orleans Collection of ink, Iron Lace ($10 for 30ml bottle), (“a not-so-basic black”, it says on the bottle), they included a note that it was a “subversive black alternative”. Yes, please. Like all Papier Plume inks, the bottle is topped with the melted red…

Ink Review: Jacques Herbin Essential Inks

Ink Review: Jacques Herbin Essential Inks

Back in 2018, J. Herbin released a new line of inks and other stationery items under a Jacques Herbin branding. At the time, the line was exclusive to Le Bon Marche/ Boisnard (Paris), Itoya (Tokyo), and Milligram (Australia). Recently, it was brought to my attention that the inks are now being sold at a variety…

Ink Overview: Cross Inks

Ink Overview: Cross Inks

Cross Inks are one of the classic “staple inks” that are often recommended. Over the years, the “archival” attributes of the ink have often mistakenly been assumed to also be waterproof. “Archival” simply means that the inks have been formulated to resist fading over time and have a pH level that is neutral and acid-free.…

Ink Overview: Sheaffer Inks

Ink Overview: Sheaffer Inks

So often, we focus on the newest inks and ink colors. Today, we thought we’d do an overview of an ink classic: Sheaffer. There are eight basic colors: Black, Purple, Red, Brown, Green, Turquoise, Blue, and Blue-Black. Each ink is available in 50ml bottles for $10 each or in Sheaffer proprietary cartridges (I recommend the…

Ink Review: DeAtramentis Artist Green, Brown, Black

Review by Tina Koyama It may seem like fountain pen inks come in a bazillion colors, and they do – but the vast majority are water-soluble. Finding a range of ink colors that are also solidly waterproof isn’t as easy. Some may say they are waterproof and may be sufficiently water-resistant for addressing an envelope,…

Ink Review: Newest Penbbs Inks

Ink Review: Newest Penbbs Inks

  By Jessica Coles Black Friday (and the related Small Business Saturday, In-Between Sales Sunday, Cyber Monday…) has come and gone and packages ordered online last week are now being delivered. During these sale days, I happened to see a few new inks pop up on Vanness Pens – all Penbbs inks. Ok, I admit…