Here with are at review number two. The first two inks in the box on metro colours are red and orange and I feel I have reviewed similar recently in Nemosine inks (Aeolis Palus red and Solar Storm) so decided to start at the end and work backwards. Information about how I obtained these inks can be found here.
The last ink in the box is the Fukutoshin Line.
BUNGU BOX is a fountain pen store located in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (half way between Tokyo and Osaka). As well as pens Bungubox has established a name for its inks better known as Bungbox inks. The inks are influenced by the climate, natural features ad seasons of the Hamamatsu region. Irrespective of this they are made by Sailor so many will be similar in colour to Sailor inks. Originally the inks were hard to buy outside of Japan but a number of American retailers sell them most notably Vanness Pen shop in Little Rock. All the Bungbox inks I have purchased I have bought through Massdrop.
Another ink from Nemosine, it is unusual for me to review inks from a company one after the other. I tend to have no plan or consistency in the companies I review. I swatched this ink at the same time I did my solar storm review and I just loved the colour. Information on price and where to buy can be found in my previous Nemosine review.
Nemosine pens first started to make an appearance around 2015/16 with the inks first appearing in 2017. The pens are assembled in the US but are made of components from around the word e.g. German nibs. The inks are made in Slovenia, there are 10 colours available and are all named after something astronomical. I bought my inks from Birmingham pens where they cost $USD7.99 for 35ml (22.8c / ml) making them very reasonably priced even with conversion rates and postage to NZ. I haven’t found the inks for sale anywhere in Australasia and as per my comments in a previous post customer service etc from Birmingham pens was excellent.
Sailor as most pen aficionados would know make some very good inks, in fact most Japanese inks are very good. They have recently released a new range of 100 colours that are not named just numbered. The inks were apparently chosen from over 20,000 that were custom blended by Sailor inkmeisters at Ink Studio events. Personally I suspect there is just some reworking of older Sailor inks though these do handle slightly differently than my other Sailor inks.
Blackstone inks are an Australian ink brand that seems to have been looked over as the fountain pen world was taken by storm by Robert Oster inks, also from Australia. It is shame really because though they do not carry the same range of colours they appear to be good quality inks and are very affordable.
I came across these inks on one of many searches for new brands and it did take awhile before I purchased any as I was waiting for Blackstone pen flush to come back into stock so I could buy some at the same time. I ordered the inks from Justwrite, which is where the inks are made. The blackstone web site list four places in Australia that retail the inks and a number of locations in Europe and the USA. The inks retails for AUD$8 for 30ml which equates to 26.6c a ml (18.5c US and much the same in NZ money) – quite cheap and remaining so even with postage added.
Diamine is an old name in British inks though it’s only been called Diamine for the last 54 years. Established as T Webster and Co. in London in 1864 the company moved to Liverpool in 1925 and in 1964 changed its name to Diamine. Diamine not only make their own inks but inks for other companies such as Yard-o-Led.
I think everyone that owns a fountain pen will own at least one J Herbin ink – I may be wrong but at least everyone must have heard of them. I resisted these inks for sometime as they are everywhere and I could never find a colour I wanted to try but then I got lured in by the shimmer inks.
J Herbin is the oldest name in pen inks, the original Herbin was a sailor who brought recipes for inks and sealing waxes back to France from his travels around the world. New inks are still produced – six in 2018, a new shimmer ink (Cornaline d’Egypte) and 5 ordinary inks (Rouge Grenat, Bleu Des Profondeurs. Bleu Calanque, Corail des Tropiques and Vert de Gris).
Its been awhile because sometimes life just gets away on you.....and this will be along post.
Apart from ink and always searching for the next colour I have a things about notebooks, I am always buying them. I am a sucker for good stationery and despite all this technology that surrounds me I still handwrite most things and so always have a notebook on me, usually A5 sized. So, about a year ago I went on the hunt for good quality notebooks using Tomoe Rover paper. I came across Musubi after reading about them on the Gentleman Stationer's blog. They are absolutely fabulous handmade notebooks but probably a bit expensive for most. At the same time I discovered the Squishy Ink blog and from that Hippo Noto notebooks.
Another ink from the Birmingham pen company. I wasn’t planning on reviewing another of their inks just yet but I received this as a freebie when I had a dud pen replaced. I had bought a couple of fountain pens from Birmingham pens and one would not write, I tried everything I could think of to no avail. Nick at Birmingham pens very kindly replaced the pen for me and sent me a bottle of this ink. It is not an ink I would have bought seeing it on the web site however the writing experience is quite different, I have filled my pen a number of times as I am using it a lot..