Happy 2018, Fountain Pen Friends! Lydia here with another fun Monday Matchup pairing to share with you. This week, I stepped out of my juicy medium nib comfort zone and tried out a Platinum #3776 Century in Chartres Blue with an Ultra Extra Fine nib, coupled with Diamine Tudor Blue. Read on to hear my thoughts on this unique writing experience!
I really wanted to get my hands on this pen so I feel more knowledgeable when talking with all of our wonderful customers who are looking for a super fine, crisp writing experience. This pen did not disappoint. Even though I like my wet writers, this pen was a pleasurable, albeit different, writing experience. The nib flowed well with the Tudor Blue ink and wrote very nicely. There was no room for error as the line goes down exactly how you write, which I’m not used to. Usually with my broader nibs, the ink soaks into the paper a bit more so if my hand slips or my line isn’t perfectly straight, it’s not as easy to tell. I had to do some spots of cover up on this piece for instances like that. If you are looking for a pen that puts down the thinnest lines I’ve ever seen, this is the pen for you. This pen is comfortable and great for sketching and drawing very intricate lines. I could see this pen and ink combo be great for any and every use. The ink is office appropriate, the pen is comfortable and classic. There is no wrong place to use it. This pair is especially good for us left handed folks! The #3776 Century Ultra Extra Fine flows beautifully so we can keep writing uninterrupted and the Tudor Blue dries nicely and fairly quickly when in this pen with it’s limited ink flow from the nib.
For my drawing, I took inspiration from the fact that today is Elvis Presley’s birthday. I loved this quote, “Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine,” when I went in search for wise words from The King so I let that inspire my drawing. I really wanted to put this pen to work on something with a love of lines and details. Since I can’t draw to save my life, I traced both the car and the brain. I loved how this pen performed for those tasks and the ink was great as well. I am a lefty and I thought, for sure, I was going to have to redo this piece at least once due to an accidental smudge. By giving the ink a little space and respecting that Diamine inks are a bit wetter, I was able to do it in one try! The lines from this pen are also not very wet, thanks to the restricted flow of an Ultra Extra Fine. I drew the three component sketches of my quote first and used a Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle Fine Fiber/ Felt Tip Waterbrush pen to do ink washes inside the sketches. I wanted to use the felt tip over a brush so I had real control over were the water went and I didn’t bleed my lines too much. Tudor Blue is not water resistant at all and will spread quite heavily as soon as it comes in contact with water. The felt tip helped me be very strategic about where i put down water. I left the sketches to dry overnight and then put the quote in and went back over my lines to crispen them up the next day. I love how the font variations came out. The piece turned out super well overall. For once, I wouldn’t change a single thing about this piece!
You can find the Platinum #3776 Century Chartres Blue in Ultra Extra Fine at GouletPens.com for $150. Diamine Tudor Blue is available in a 40ml bottle for $15.95 (on sale for $13.95 for a limited time) or a 2ml ink sample for $1.75.
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What pen have you tried that was outside your comfort zone and what did you think of it?