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Hello. It was very busy summer, which unfortunately is nearly finished. Due to amount of day job workflow I had, I was a little bit quiet on ClumsyPenman site recently. But it does not mean, that I was not working on my reviews. In fact, I was working a lot and I will be posting many hopefully interesting things in next coming weeks. Today is one of them. Platinum Classic Series Inks. I hope you will enjoy it. Here it is.
Earlier this year Platinum has announced and introduced set of six new inks which really brought my attention. Most of the colours in the new ‘Classic’ line are earthy and natural looking muted shades of green, brown, sepia, burgundy and yellow, which I really like. There is no secret that I love earthy colours. There is something cool about them and they usually look adorable on creamy/ivory toned paper….somehow ‘vintage’.
Another very interesting thing about this series is the fact that according to the Platinum all of the inks are manufactured by the ‘traditional methods’ and more importantly they are gradually darkening overtime. This obviously screams – ‘Iron Gall’ inks, however Platinum never used this term on their website. I am not entirely sure how Platinum synthesize these inks but in the nut shell ‘iron gall’ inks are obtained from the chemical reaction of tannins extracted from galls (for instance oak) and aqueous solution of iron (II) sulfate. Because formed Fe(+2) complex is quite unstable in oxygen condition the iron Fe(+2) atoms oxidise quickly to Fe(+3) which manifests by ink darkening. This effect is very similar to rust formation and corrosion we see around very often. To improve flow and other physical and chemical properties binders such as Arabic gum, stabilisers, anti-mould reagents are often used.
This is an example how oxydation process occurs and how it is affecting the colour (note the video speed is 2x)
In general iron gall inks need to be used with caution, because their acidic pH can make an effect on metal parts of the pen (steel nib, metal section, etc). It was really a problem the past, but nowadays IG inks are significantly less ‘corrosive’, however I do not have any experimental pH data for this particular set so can not say for sure. As a general rule is rather recommended to maintain pen regularly (use and clean). It is also suggested not to use very expensive pens either. For more information about Iron Gall inks I would highly recommend to check irongall.org website.
Thanks to Roy from iZods Ink I was happy to review another Robert Oster’s ink called – Ruthenium. This is quite interesting colour, which is not that grey as you may assume keeping in mind that Ruthenium is a dark-silver metal (at certain conditions it has purplish hint). The colour itself is rather matte purple grey, which to so me extend is resembling Robert Oster Signature – Barossa Grape ink. Therefore, Ruthenium seems to be slightly less purple and not that intense as Barossa Grape. Interestingly in Ruthenium , purple tone is much more pronounced using wet nibs, whereas with finer nibs (or lighter strokes) ink looks greyish. There is a little bit of blue component. Similar inks are Herbin – Poussiere de Lune and Diamine -Damson.
Silvine is a British brand whose paper products are made in Yorkshire by well established (1837) manufacturer – Sinclairs. The products line contains various types of notebooks, sketchpads, refill pads, writing paper, envelopes, cash books, etc. Silvine’s red notebooks line called ‘Originals Collection‘ refers directly to the reinvented iconic British notebooks which had characteristic textured red covers and were used and loved for decades by schoolchildren, artists, writers, craftsman and shopkeepers in the UK since 1948.
Silvine Originals Collection contains five different size notebooks. This diverse collection is designed to tailor specifically different task and needs. It starts with handy Pocket notebook which can be easily kept in the shirt pocket and then increasing size gradually ending up at large Project netbook. All of them have common features, but each of them also differ from each other. I’ve already reviewed in depth ‘Pocket’ notebook (click here), so this following review is an extension to the previous one.
First time when I heard that Manuscript is working on ‘luxury’ british-made fountain pens I was very intrigued, since I was always affiliating this company with relatively inexpensive calligraphy sets and other stationary related items you could buy here and there. Then, my curiosity raised up when I have seen first commercial pictures of the material and colours Manuscript is planning to use for these eye-candy creations. I must say – it looks very pretty.
ML 1856 is not officially released yet (May/June 2017). The retail price for fountain pen is planned to be around £ 125.0, which is not cheap but at the same time comparable with some competitor’s fountain pens in the market. There is already many discussions about this pen among fountain pen users and many of us is awaiting official release. Thanks to Manuscript I was lucky enough to put my hands on one of them before official release, test it hard and gather some ‘end user‘ thoughts.
Manuscript ML 1856 combines classic look and modern, contemporary material. ML1856 is designed for modern day-to-day penmanship.