It has been awhile since I have reviewed as life just caught up with me but I knew I had to get back here especially now I’m half way through #30inks30days and I have swatched so many interesting colours. I bought two Taccia inks recently and used them for days 12 and 14 of the challenge. This review is for Ebi – red/purple.
Before I start though, contrary to some reviewers these are NOT Taiwanese inks. Taccia pens are American, the inks are made in japan but state very clearly on the bottles they were born in California.
It is awhile since I have posted anything as I have been away. I have on my travels managed to purchase a lot of new inks and a few pens. I am currently a little obsessed with Hypercolors copper ink, I am fascinated by this being a truly metallic ink, not a shimmer but metallic.
Finally I am reviewing the ink that made me buy Krishna inks in the first place. Since I reviewed Winter in 2018 the web site for Krishna inks has been improved with respect to graphics but now has less information about the inks themselves. Currently there are over 50 colours divided into three groups sheening inks, bold vivid inks which I suspect means they are very saturated and iron gall. The list of retailers has been improved and increased and can be found here.
I reviewed my first Birmingham ink in September 2018 (older reviews can be seen by clicking the Birmingham Pen Co under categories) but already I need to update. There were 59 colours available in September 2018 and now I count 74 available shades. The Birmingham Pen Co. sells other inks as well as their own, the proprietary inks retail at $US9.99 for 60ml, $US5.99 for 30ml and $US1.99 for a 4ml sample. Irrespective of the volume purchased they are very reasonably priced ranging from 16.7c/ml for the 60ml bottle to 50c/ml for the samples. The other thing to mention before I forget, postage was very reasonable and I had all my inks within a week (Pittsburgh to New Zealand). I have nothing but the highest praise for all my dealings with the Birmingham Pen Co. and their exemplary customer service. They now also offer monthly ink flights for US residents, they seem to be very popular as attested by the numerous photos on IG.
When non Sydney-siders think about Sydney Harbour they usually assume the term refers to the part of the waterway where one can see the Sydney harbour Bridge and the Opera House. It is so much more. The natural harbour of Sydney is Port Jackson which is comprised of the waters of Sydney Harbour, Middle Harbour, North harbour, Darling Harbour and the Lane Cove and Parramatta rivers. The harbour is an inlet of the Tasman sea and the location of the first European settlement on the mainland.
I recently bought the new Lamy LE copper pen. The pen itself is ok but I probably shouldn’t have bought it with a fine nib – my problem. I didn’t order the ink as I have never been particularly impressed with the colours of the ordinary Lamy inks but I was sent a box of cartridges and cut one up to help with this review.
Some background on the seven Japanese Gods of good luck was included in my review of Fukurokuju. Also included in that review was some information on packaging and price. The 100th anniversary inks are becoming very hard to find even online. According to the Goulet Pens website they are receiving their stock of the ink in April (I’m writing this March 30) and it will be $US30 a bottle.
Lamy released their crystal inks in 2018, they are aimed at the premium end of the market and are priced accordingly. It is not clear why they named them crystal inks when other companies most notably Pelikan and Monteverde have used the name before for a range of inks.
Shichi Fukujin are the Seven Japanese Gods of luck and good fortune. They symbolise the following virtues: Honesty, Fortune, Dignity. Amiability, Longevity, Happiness and Wisdom. They were chosen from Hinduist, Buddhist, Taoist and Shintoist gods or saints, and settled into Japanese Folklore Gods, believed to have been grouped together around 17th century. According to Japanese legend, they travel in a ship called Takarabune which is filled with treasures and comes from sea to bring fortune and prosperity to everyone. It is said that if you leave a picture of the Shichi Fukujin below your pillow on New Years eve you will be lucky and have good fortune for the following year.
The last and longish review of three great colours to round up the nine inks. I must admit I am over these inks and am glad to be doing the last three, I have so many more bottles of ink to get through.
The Ginza or number 3 line is the oldest subway line in Asia opening in 1927. It has 19 stations and is the 7th most crowded line, running at 168% capacity. Being the oldest line it runs the closest to the surface with many of its stations only being 1 to 1.5 stories under ground. The western end of the line emerges to the surface and enters Shibuya Station located on the third-floor of a building that is located in a depression.