Titanium and steel Bock nibs

I do not own many very expensive pens, however I have reasonable selection of affordable or cheap  fountain pens I purchased for testing, to work or because they have been cheap. Sometimes they are hopeless, but from time to time you can find a gem which writes very well. Usually, I tweak them to get the best out of them in terms of writing experience. I spent quite a bit of time learning how to use pens like Noodler’s Ahab or Konrad which for many may be very frustrating. I like Noodler’s pens (especially Ahabs), but I do not like Noodler’s ‘semi-flexible’ steel nibs. I was experimenting with F.P.R. (Fountain Pen Revolution) nibs, which fits Noodler’s  Ahab and Konrad pens with no problems, which in my personal opinion works better with these pens. Good quality and well lubricating inks are the keys here.  I have few other pens which I really like how they look and how they are build, however the box-standard nib is not doing any justice. Even if pen writes with no issues, the  pen itself feels quite generic and a bit soulless. Possibly there is nothing wrong with this, depending what you are expecting, but for my writing I like when nib is springy or softer, and allows to obtain nice looking line variation, which always adds some extra character to written text, making it more visually appealing.  But there is a trap here and many novice fountain pen users was tricked, wanting as much flex and as thick line as possible. I believe this is the main source of frustration with Noodler’s pens, which at certain pressure start to railroad, skips causing a headache which possibly resulted few times, that people damped their beloved pens forever.  With primed feeder and moderate pressure these pens can give really good results. With small and inexpensive ‘customization’ they may be even better as for instance my Noodler’s Ahab Vulcan Coral with #35 F.P.R. nib, which with the J. Herbin – 1670 Rouge Hematite is one of my ‘daily doodlers’. Most of my inky writing tests are done using customized in the same way clear Ahab demonstrator again with F.P.R nib. 

I have pens with standard two-tones stainless steel JOWO nibs, which once tuned appropriately by good nibmeister can be really good.  However, they are rather stiff. Golden JOWO nibs are softer  and tuned for additional flexing by skilled person may be really really pleasing…but costly.

Recently, I came across a youtube review by Scrivery of stone washed titanium Namisu Orion pen which has been equipped and then tested with nibs made by company called BOCK, which I heard about many times but never write with. In the review both standard steel and titanium Bock nibs are shown and what I found very interesting was how springy these nibs were. So, I decided to give it a go and see what I can do with them myself. The nibs I purchased from Beaufort Ink in the UK are titanium Extra Fine and steel Fine.

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Kaweco Inks

Hi,

I have just finished reviews of 5 (out of 10) inks from Kaweco. Kaweco in general is an old (1883) German company which specialises  in very characteristic and often affordable fountain pens. However, as may other fountain pen manufactures, they have created a series of 10 inks, which quite often are overlooked, which is unfortunate, because some of them are really interesting and  can compete with other well established ink companies in the market.

So, here they are: Sunrise Orange, Paradise Blue, Ruby Red, Palm Green and Summer Purple.

They are in general they characterise in good saturation, decent flow and pretty good drying time. They feel a bit 'watery' and 'thin' but from the other hand they show some degree of nice shading, which is always nice to have. My favorites in the batch are Ruby Red, Sunrise Orange. I have enjoyed also Summer Purple. If you like nice looking foresty green then Palm Green will suits you too. The last in the set I received Paradise Blue is a light blue-green turquoise ink. I believe many people would love it, bit unfortunately, this is not my color at all.

Kaweco inks are widely available as a 30 ml bottles and also as a pack of 6 small interantional cartridges which nicely fits into Kaweco 'pocket' pens.  Unfortunately, price tag of  £ 11.0-13.0 in the UK for 30 ml bottle seems to be fairly expensive. For just a bit more you can get 50 ml ink from Pelican's Edelstein series or for even less 60 ml of KWZ or 2 bottles of 80 ml Diamine ink. I am pretty sure, if Kaweco reconsiders prices to compete with other players in the market, they will gain much more audience. At this moment it feels like premium price for ink which is a good all around ink, but not that premium as it looks.

These 5 reviews were part of the larger joint project with collaboration of the other cool reviewers here in the UK , and summarised  into a nice meta-review of all 10Kaweco inks,  posted at the United Inkdom site. Definitely, check this out!

Some ‘inky’ news…

I hope you had yesterday a truly great Fountain Pen Day. Did you buy anything? Did you win anything from various raffle a giveaway contests flying around? I hope so. If not, I hope you at least enjoyed it as I did.

There are number of things going on at the InkFusion site at the moment. First of all, I joined the United Inkdom team. If you have not heard about this collaborative project, please visit the United Inkdom blog. United Inkdom is a stationery news and reviews site…but not ordinary one. All reviews posted there are compiled from other reviews made few other reviewers based in the UK (as me for instance) into one large meta review which combines all thoughts, observations and comments on particular stationary item seen from different angles. Pretty cool idea…huh? 

So, in relation to this, I am currently working on bunch of ink reviews. The first set I got is five inks by Kaweco : Sunrise Orange, Paradise Blue, Summer Purple, Ruby Red and Palm Green. I have just finished ‘wet’ part of these reviews. Now I need to go through hundreds of pictures I took, select 30-40 for each ink and wrap up all my thoughts and observations. Hopefully, I will be posting reviews of each ink one by one within next week or two tops, so stay tuned.

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There is also few KWZ inks reviews pending like Brown pink, Grapefruit.

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