All in ink showcase

Ink Showcase: Robert Oster Smokescreen

Of all the boutique ink manufacturers, few of them earn my affection like Robert Oster. Offering a dizzying array of colors and a variety of properties like shading, shimmer, and sheen, Robert Oster inks seem to have something for just about everyone. Back in June, the brand released a new color, Smokescreen, and it immediately caught my attention.

Ink Showcase: Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Red

Last week, Pelikan fans around the world had a chance to celebrate the brand at local Pelikan Hub events. In anticipation of my local event, I had a chance to try out my first ever Pelikan ink. I've been a fan of the brand's pens for some time now, but hadn't had the opportunity to use their inks until now.

Ink Showcase: 5 New Colors from Herbin

Toward the end of last month, Herbin added 5 new colors to their standard line of inks. Despite already having an extensive selection from which to choose, Herbin was able to find some new hues that weren't previously featured in their collection. Always a sucker for something new, I decided to check them out.

Ink Showcase: Noodler's 54th Massachusetts

If you're into fountain pens, chances are high that you're aware of Noodler's inks. The brand seems to generate fans and haters alike. Champions of Noodler's inks praise their permanent properties and affordable prices, while detractors bemoan their tendency to stain and finicky performance issues. So how does 54th Massachusetts, one of the brand's staple blues, stack up?

Ink Showcase: Diamine Golden Sands

I'm not really a fan of yellow inks. They tend to suffer from one of two fatal flaws: they're either blindingly bright, or too faint to read comfortably on white paper. Nevertheless, Diamine Golden Sands lured me in with its shiny, shimmery goodness. So has it changed my opinion?

Ink Showcase: Sailor Shikiori Rikyucha

When I first got into fountain pens and ink, I thought I would be drawn exclusively to bright, vibrant colors like blues, reds, and purples. As I get deeper into the hobby, though, I find myself increasingly enamored of more subdued hues like browns and greens. In some ways, Rikyucha is the perfect embodiment of that transformation. 

Ink Showcase: Akkerman Dutch Masters SBRE Brown

Back in 2015, renowned fountain pen reviewer Stephen Brown collaborated with Diamine and La Couronne du Comte to release an ink based on his colorful surname. Toward the end of 2017, the ink was re-released using the same Diamine formulation, but packaged in Akkerman's lovely flask-shaped bottles. Now that I've finally gotten my hands on a bottle, it's time to take it for a spin!

Ink Showcase: Waterman Mysterious Blue

If I had to name a brand of ink that flies under the radar among the fountain pen community, it would be Waterman. Though their inks offer a variety of pleasing hues at affordable prices, I'm constantly left wondering, "Where's the love for Waterman?" Perhaps this blue can shed some light on that mystery. 

Ink Showcase: KWZ Gummiberry

There are few things in this world I enjoy more than fountain pens, but candy may be one of them. Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Buncha Crunch, Kit Kat bars: give me one of each! So when I found out there was an ink with a name that evokes one of the most iconic candies of all time, the gummy bear, I knew I had to give it a try.