Ink Review: Laban Inks

Ink Review: Laban Inks

Just before Christmas, I purchased samples of the five newest Laban inks in their Mythology Series: Athena, Ares, Zeus, Hera, and Hermes. Beautiful colors! I haven’t been able to review these until now – there have been so many new inks released lately. I am only reviewing these latest five inks but if you would…

Ink Line Review: Robert Oster Cities of America

Ink Line Review: Robert Oster Cities of America

New ink! Robert Oster has started to release inks inspired by various cities in the United States. As of today, seven inks have been released: Napa, California- a deep wine red Chicago, Illinois- steely, snow-inspired blue Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- a grassy plains green Kansas City, Kansas- a golden brown inspired by the wheat belt Miami,…

Ink Review: IWI Colors of Nature Part 1

Ink Review: IWI Colors of Nature Part 1

The most recent ink line in my collection is the IWI Colors of Nature line. The line includes 24 colors so I will be presenting the collection in parts – today I’ll be covering 8 of the 24. At the end of this post, I’ll examine the feathering issue I’ve seen with the collection. I…

Ink Review: Diplomat inks

Ink Review: Diplomat inks

Diplomat inks just became available through Vanness Pens, so of course I grabbed samples of each. But this is not a small lineup of inks. 15 inks actually. I’ve broken the inks into groups of five so the colors can be compared to each other and to already familiar inks. The first group is Black,…

Ink Line Review: Ink Institute Cat Daily Line

Ink Line Review: Ink Institute Cat Daily Line

Ink Institute is one of the many ink brands currently washing up on US shores. Ink Institute inks come from Taiwan and their first series to make it to the US is the Cat Series. There are four inks in the series: Cat at Dawn, Cat at Noon, Cat at Dusk and Cat at Midnight.…

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.…