Saturday, March 12, 2011

Typecast: The wisdom of crowds (and an ink review)

Now that the Dunas has been inked with Black Swan (using a syringe to fill up an empty cartridge), I love it and use it often. Applying a little pressure produces quasi-calligraphy as shown, although the empty spots are where the ink didn't keep up with my writing; I don't mind though. Far from ruining the nib (it's not a very expensive pen, in any case), it has now become a very wet fine (shows off the ink nicely) and does not dry out when left uncapped for a few minutes.

Paper towel test revealing "black swan" with a halo of "Australian roses". A pile of steeped hibiscus tea in the center for comparison. I don't drink it often, but it's a real treat when I get around to making it and I like that it seems like something one of my literary heroines, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, would do - sit on her porch in Botswana with a steaming mug of hibiscus tea (as a change from her usual bush tea, that is).

The funny thing is that after writing this review, I wrote a line of Black Swan and compared it to a line of Diamine Syrah, and they are virtually identical! No wonder I liked this so much. On a paper towel, the Syrah is quite boring - the color is even throughout.

Now I am all "burgundied" out... off to rest my eyes with some blue. I have a couple of letters I should get to writing!


  1. I will just have to break down and order some ink online. Love that color.

  2. Ironically, I just pulled out my SM9 and updated my blog with it. But don't get jealous, its a late-model. No script logo, no turquoise & white and a rather bland typeface...

  3. Goodness that such a beautiful color. But I don't have the money for something like that! Then again...I might just have to buy it anyway and forgot my eventual dollhouse another week, haha.

  4. Ahhh, Paris. I have both an SM-9 and a Hermes 3000. While the SM-9 is great... I still think the 3000 is overall a better machine.

  5. Hi Adwoa! Beautiful color. Being well saturated and with excellent density, I like Noodlers' inks a lot (a good change from the usual big firms' regular staple of "watery" inks), but make sure you clean the nib and feeder before storage, to prevent clogging.

  6. Thanks for the kind comments!

    Ruy - I will definitely keep that in mind. I try to give all my pens a good soak between inks, but I shall certainly remember to do that with all my Noodler's inked pens! I feel like such a newbie to their inks, and the few I have so far I absolutely love. Great that they come in such generous bottles.

    (By the by, a letter is winging your way as I write... :-))


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