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Finally, I got a full bottle of most anticipated and absolutely beautiful ink this year which is J. Herbin 1670 edition – Caroube de Chypre (see review). I bought also a new bottle of Rouge Hematite also by J. Herbin (see review). This is my second bottle of this fantastic ink and I believe not the last one. The same will be with the Caroube de Chypre. Is simply stunning! It flows. It has golden flecks and it shows crazy looking, bright, almost ‘toxic’ green sheen.
Thanks to Mishka from BureauDirect UK, where I purchased these two beauties I also got also a ‘goodie bag’ containing set of free samples of few more J.Herbin inks I will be dealing with in coming weeks. Moreover, she was so kind and sent me some samples of KWZ inks which are manufactured by Polish chemist Konrad Żurawski (see KWZ colour palette…impressive). I was ‘contemplating’ these inks for a while now. I cannot wait to test them ‘my way’. I have beautiful golden-brown ‘Honey’, ‘Foggy green’ and superb ‘Turquoise’ which in fact is an ‘iron gall‘ ink.
…being a chemist and fountain pen and ink enthusiast, I would be awesome to meet with Konrad and have a chat. Stuff he does looks very cool, indeed.
I like Noodler’s pens, I must admit. Not all of them, but most of them. However, they are not that easy to handle as many people initially think, which often causes unnecessary frustrations when they start using them. It was a time a time when I was upset too. As a newbie to semi-flex pens, I had too many expectations about flex capabilities, flow and performance in general. They are ‘finicky’, often require adjustments, but they are designed to do so. I believe this is the main ‘feature’. When handled appropriately an proper mind-set they become a good writing instruments and actually fun to use. They are also inexpensive or relatively inexpensive, depending on material they are made of. Additionally, selection of colours, patterns, so everyone may find something interesting.
I have purchased from the only UK retailer PurePens (no affiliation) few days ago another two in my collection. These are Ahab in pretty Medieval Lapis pattern and long awaited ebonite Neponset in Red Rebellion with stainless steel ‘music’ nib I was very interested to try since they have been announced last year.
Time flies…and we all have July and hopefully you are enjoying summer.
Many thing have happened over last month (..Brexit ?) and I was super busy with new new job application and related interviews, which hopefully resulted, that I got a new job I was applying for. Hooray! Meantime, I’ve been also on short ‘business-related’ holidays here and there, but now I am hopefully back. All this events affected a little my ink/pen reviews process, but at the same time is does not mean that I completely abandoned my site. I am hoping that everything will be back to normal after summer.
I have tested and photographed number of inks meantime, which I will be posting again very soon. I have few superb Sailor Jantle inks as well as some inks from Noodler’s to be shown. However, due to current circumstances (job, seeking for a new house, relocating whole family from one part of UK to another soon, etc), this may not occur so frequently as I did in the past…but work is in progress. So, please be patient. I have also bought few new ‘popular’ new fountain pens (Platinum 3776 and Lamy 2000), which I am planning to review due course.
TWSBI pens are very popular among fountain pen users. They are well built with good quality materials used and importantly they are affordable to most people. Additionally, filling systems used and ink capacity are great too. They are also easy to maintain, but many users are afraid of taking them to parts or not sure how to do it. Vac series with unique filling system seems to be especially difficult to maintain and finicky. The simple fact that along with the pen TWSBI provides a ‘special’ wrench and silicon grease can discourage many. The truth is, that taking TWSBI Vac to pieces and putting back all parts is actually very simple process. Because I have just finished bottle of Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink which I used with my TWISBI Vac mini (review), I decided to try a different ink, which turned to be a Sailor Jentle Souten (review soon). When you changing ink in your beloved (or not) fountain pen is highly recommended to clean up and flash through your pen. Otherwise the remaining ink residues (mainly in the feeding system) can react with the new ink, which next may lead to creep forming, which may resulting in the clogged pen. I took the opportunity and I did some pictures of the disassembly process when I was cleaning my pen.
Disassembly/assembly procedure are exactly the same for VAC 700 and Vac Mini.
What you need? Not much, really. TWSBI tool, paper towels, a swab and eventually small bit of silicon grease usually provided with the pen (look carefully for these in the box).