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: Colorverse Goldspot Special Edition Aurora Borealis

Ink Review: Colorverse Goldspot Special Edition Aurora Borealis

According to the Goldspot web site, the colors created for the Colorverse Aurora Borealis special edition set ($36 for a two-bottle set) were inspired by the colors of the Pilot Vanishing Point Twilight & Crimson fountain pen. In the larger 65ml bottle is Solar Wind, a bright, clear water blue. The smaller 15ml bottle is…

Fountain Pen Review: Opus 88 Bela

Fountain Pen Review: Opus 88 Bela

By Jessica Coles I would like to introduce a pen that I haven’t seen reviewed very often: the Opus 88 Bela. A big thank you to Goldspot Pens for letting me experience the Bela. I have enjoyed Opus 88 pens (and nibs!) in the past, but this one is slightly different. It is a CHONKER.…

Ink Overview: Taccia Lip Color inks

Ink Overview: Taccia Lip Color inks

By Jessica Coles Lipstick ink? What on earth does that mean? Taccia recently unveiled a new line of inks called Lip color ink, available in six colors: 01 Coral Pink, 02 Pink Beige, 03 Corinth Pink, 04 Burgundy, 05 Sunset, and 06 Rose Pale. *Photograph from Vanness Pens When I saw the lineup, I wondered…

12 Days of Inkmas: Day 10 – Lennon Tool Bar 2019 Autumn Pomelo and PenBBS 342

12 Days of Inkmas: Day 10 – Lennon Tool Bar 2019 Autumn Pomelo and PenBBS 342

You know how I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect lime green ink since I started this blog? If this is your first ink review here on The Desk, I love lime green and I have been on a decade’s long hunt for the perfect ink that captures this illusive hue. Not too light…

12 Days of Inkmas: Day 8 – Kala Nostalgia Abstraction Mongolian Sandstorm

12 Days of Inkmas: Day 8 – Kala Nostalgia Abstraction Mongolian Sandstorm

When I saw the Kala Nostalgia Abstraction inks I was fascinated by the muted look of the colors. When I saw that the inks were marked as “pigment inks” my curiosity was piqued. So, I ordered two bottles. I was most interested to try Monogolian Sandstorm. Over the years, I’ve always leaned towards a misty…