Write Time 7/20/11

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This week Rachel was feeling ill, so I went solo on this broadcast! I talked a good deal about Taccia pens, and compared all of the models to other pens in my case (like the Lamy Al-Star, Pelikan m800, and Sailor 1911).

I have done a lot of soul searching about how to do ink reviews that are both comprehensive and sustainable for me to do. I think I’ve nailed down a general format for them, here’s a preview of one I did:

I will go into more detail about how I’m going to go about doing more of them in the future, look for a detailed explanation with video coming in the next week or so.

I also showed off a special order Lamy Dialog 3 tonight that we just happened to get in this afternoon. We don’t normally stock the Dialog 3 (though we’re thinking about it), so it was a treat for me to be able to play with it and show it off ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, right at the end of the video I was able to show a new paper brand we just got in to test called Behance. We got in some samples and I’m going to play with them over the next week and talk more about them in next week’s broadcast.

Thanks to everyone for visiting with us this week, I’m glad to know that you’re still willing to watch me even when Rachel’s not here ๐Ÿ˜‰

2017-10-06T15:18:43+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Uncategorized, Write Time|6 Comments
  • What would interest me personally would be testing for lightfastness. I have seen tests where people make long even smears of ink across the page, and then cover half of the page with tin foil and tape it to a sunward facing window for a month or so (I know the time it takes sucks). For artist I suspect this would be important.

    A little history:

    One of the first synthetic blue dyes discovered was Prussian blue (ferric ferrocyanide). The famous Japanese woodblock print "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" used Prussian blue and one of the marketing points was that it was lightfast. Before then the only really good lightfast blue came from a pigment lapis lazuli a hard powderedย  rock, costing more than gold, from the Indus Valley (we say Afghanistan nowadays).

  • Sven Opitz

    Nice show, I hope Rachel feels better by now.
    Lamy Dialog 3: One of my favourites, it has a wonderful nib (I have a b nib), that is more or less the standard Lamy gold nib, and it is just nice to write with. It's balance is IMHO perfect. That is why I prefer it to the VP, but also because it has a better grip. However it dries out very quickly, that is where the VP is better. Whoever gets it can be pleased.

    Ink reviews: I am very happy with the idea you came up with, I want to see the ink and know how it behaves, the rest is of no importance to me (I don't need waterproof ink, I need nice, colourful ink ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I am really looking forward to those.

    Nib grinding: I would buy a pack, but I think you will generate more trouble, than it is worth.

    Paper: Well I have to admit it, when I buy a journal it is always a Leuchtturm 1917 with a dot grid, I fell in love with that paper (the new fountain pen kind variety) and stay with it.

    You have a nice pen case, but my favourite brand is missing… Visconti. I wish it was cheaper, but the Homo Sapiens is a thrill ride to hold and use.
    You should try one sometime!

  • Everyone has so many ways they look at ink, esp. all the wonderful artists all around us. Me, I appreciate your "dip test" which is reflective of the kind of accident I'm most likely to have while writing. ย Best to Rachel. And to you too!!

  • Lightfastness is a whole other experiment involving a serious amount of time and effort. I'm afraid this is going to be one of those aspects that I'm not going to be able to accommodate ๐Ÿ™ I appreciate the importance of it in artwork that will be exposed to light, but I'm just not going to be able to commit myself to that task.

  • The Dialog 3 is a very cool pen indeed! I shot a video on it this morning, expect to see that soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ I'm glad you like the reviews, expect to see them soon. I'm still undecided about the nib tuning stuff. I am missing Visconti! Perhaps we'll carry them someday. From what I understand, they don't like to sell to online only retailers. I'll have to see if I can convince them otherwise. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • You're right, everyone uses ink in their own way! The drip test is great, it's probably the most useful test for ink, since water doesn't lie!