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Friday, July 23, 2010

Highlighter fountain pen ink?

I have had a few people mention to me about using fountain pens as highlighters. Really? Yup. Take a wide-nib pen like a Pelikan Script 2.0 and use a light yellow ink like J. Herbin Bouton d'Or or Noodler's Firefly, and there you go. A highlighter fountain pen.

What do I think of this? I've heard of stranger things, sure. I really don't see a 'necessity' to use fountain pens as highlighters, but I can see if you're a fountain pen 'purist' and want to use nothing else, sure! Why not?

I won't disclose who, but I've actually been told in confidence that a couple of ink companies that are considering coming out with 'highlighter' inks. I want to know, what do you think? Hot or not?

14 comments:

  1. When you say "a couple of ink companies that are considering coming out with 'highlighter' inks." you are aware that Noodler already has a range of highlighter ink, are you not?

    Do you mean that highlighter inks may become a more common feature in the range of many ink makers?

    I do hope that's true and more people experiment with the idea and find out the advantages of having this tool in their 'toolbox'.

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  2. Yes, when I say 'a couple of companies' I am not referring to Noodler's. Noodler's is the only company I'm aware of that has ink specifically designed to be highlighter ink, but the trend could be catching on. I'm wondering if it's a trend, or a fad.

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  3. No. My Sharpie Accent works beautifully and is thicker than any fountain pen nib.

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  4. "Sharpie Accent works beautifully"
    I like steak. I will therefore never try any other kind of food. Pasta, stew, soup, pie, ice cream, etc. They will all be ignored and never tried because I have tried steak and I know I like it.
    Don't experiment with expanding your toolset and you'll never discover anything that better suits a specific niche. It's like a carpenter who bashes in screws with a hammer because trying a screwdriver would be trying a new tool and you don't experiment with any new tool.
    You might try lots of things and never find anything better than an Accent. But assuming that you won't without trying is a closed way to go about things

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  5. I've used Noodlers Firefly for year in the clear Sailor caligraphy nibbed pen. I have recently switched to the Golden Year of the Pig because it is bulletproof and dries well on college text book pages.

    I'm currently waiting impatiently for the new Pelikan Duo pen coming with a bottle of yellow highlighter ink. Can't wait to see how both pen and ink work together and if the ink will be added to the Pelikan usual line up of inks.

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  6. That would be the coolest thing, to have highlighter ink for my set of Montblanc pens.

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  7. The new Pelikan M205 Duo is a highlighter. It comes with a special yellow ink for that purpose and a BB nib.

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  8. That would be the coolest thing, to have highlighter ink for my set of Montblanc pens.

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  9. "Sharpie Accent works beautifully"
    I like steak. I will therefore never try any other kind of food. Pasta, stew, soup, pie, ice cream, etc. They will all be ignored and never tried because I have tried steak and I know I like it.
    Don't experiment with expanding your toolset and you'll never discover anything that better suits a specific niche. It's like a carpenter who bashes in screws with a hammer because trying a screwdriver would be trying a new tool and you don't experiment with any new tool.
    You might try lots of things and never find anything better than an Accent. But assuming that you won't without trying is a closed way to go about things

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  10. No. My Sharpie Accent works beautifully and is thicker than any fountain pen nib.

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  11. Pilot Parallel Plates Pen Blue 6mm - is the "highlighter" fountain pen of choice with my students and I.

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  12. Yes, that 6mm Parallel will certainly get the job done!

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