Monday Matchup #16: Pilot Stargazer in Ruby Red and Private Reserve Black Cherry

Can anyone else believe it’s already October? Time is flying by and the leaves are quickly changing from luscious greens to bright oranges and deep reds. If fall were a pen and ink combo, this week’s Monday Match-up would be it. We’ve matched the Ruby Pilot Stargazer, with Medium nib (commence the drooling), with Private Reserve Black Cherry ink. The Stargazer is a deep red with shimmer to it (I couldn’t keep myself from looking at it!) and writes like a dream. You literally won’t want to put it down. The perfect ink to go with it was the Private Reserve Black Cherry — this ink matches so closely and has some nice shading that adds an uniqueness to your writing.

Caitlin used her gifts to create the drawing using the Pilot Stargazer and a Noodler’s brush pen. Alex provided the writing sample.

If you haven’t embraced fall yet, now is the time to with this autumn match. What do you think? What would be your autumn match?

Hope you have a fall-tastic Monday!

2017-10-11T14:20:55+00:00 October 6th, 2014|Monday Matchup|7 Comments
  • Scott Rogers

    I love PR Black Cherry! Literally the first fountain pen ink I bought, along with my very first pen in 2013. Caitlin seems to have brought out a depth of color that I don't see when just using the ink in a Fine point pen for ordinary writing – really great stuff in today's matchup!

  • Freddy

    Absolutely beautiful. Heaven help me, I remember that stamp, too, though it was Brian Blue rather than PR Black Cherry 😉

  • Otter

    The Stargazer is definitely on my list of pens to purchase, and you made a brilliant match-up with that ink! Love the sketch and the writing sample both. 🙂

  • The Black Cherry ink is fantastic! Must. Buy. Some.

  • Jan

    My Black Cherry PR ink, looks NOTHING like this red sample…it is brown…like prune juice and would not look nice with this red pen at all. I guess there are different batches…I have had mine for over a year…maybe the colour changes….dark red brown…no shading at all.

  • TJ

    Jan, ink shading greatly depends on the paper. Great shading inks can show no shading on absorptive papers (copy paper or cheap notebooks). You need a paper like Clairfontaine or Rhodia papers to show ink shading. Alex used one of these papers in her writing sample shown here. The paper also affects the ink's color. Some inks need to be shaken well, I always shake my inks before filling a pen. Also, sunlight or bright fluorescent light exposure will change ink colors, but they almost never change over time if not exposed to bright light. I keep my inks in a drawer or storage box. I don't know how much ink colors change between manufacturing batches, but they can change (like Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses).

  • Jeremy Hayes

    Caitlin's drawing is fantastic! I'd love to see a whole portfolio of her interpretation of old stamps.