Monday, June 15, 2015

Blue-Black On The Gray Side: In Which Dr. Inkenstein Goes on a Quest

Once upon a time, Dr.  Inkenstein needed a blue-black ink that leaned gray.  Muahahaaaa!


You don't normally think of spring and summer when you think, 'Blue-black inks!  Yeahhh!'  You kinda think, 'Autumn.  Gray.  Rainy.'


Unless it's a rainy spring day.  In which case, on with the show:

 Chesterfield Sodalite (which is, I THINK, some sort of Diamine ink) was my go-to,  gray-leaning blue-black.

However, when I recently loaded it in a hooded Jinhao 599,  the ink looked gray. Just gray. As in...gray.


And it seemed very dry. Draggy, even!  Perhaps it's IG? In any case, it doesn't seem to be the same ink color I started out with.

So began the Quest for something WET and lubricated, a blue-black that tends toward gray but still has identifiable blue components.

Not greenish. I love that, but have plenty of those!   I went to some fountain pen forums for suggestions and got several good ones.  AND some donated ink samples from KLP and Reprieve and others!
 
Thanks for your generosity!

.I next dip- tested as many inks as I could on a small piece of Rhodia. I used some of the inks sent by KLP and Reprieve (sincere thanks to you both for your generosity!), plus the few I had on hand that were suggested.

Only the Diamine Denim was actually loaded in an actual pen. 





The color in this scan isn't fully accurate, but you can see Diamine Twilight was too green, and JH Bleu Nuit too blue for this Quest, though both are lovely and useful colors. The Hudson looks almost as blue in the scan as Bleu Nuit but isn't.

Of my own inks, visually, the OS Manganese and Hero come close. Of the Ink Gifts, I loved the Tanzanite, Chopin, and HH. 


Next: Loading a few pens and taking them for a short test-drive. Stay tuned. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Nightwalk! In Which Dr. Inkenstein Returns To Fandom

EXCERPT.  With "cover" illo:
Disclaimer: Kenshin does not own the Yuu Yuu Hakusho characters (they are the property of Togashi Yoshihiro et al), and does not make any money from said characters.
 
What Kenshin does own, however, are all the original characters in this work. Any attempt to "borrow" these characters will be met with the katana, or worse.
 
For those into timelines,Idiot Beloved is set after the Dark Tournament; Firebird Sweet follows. For background on the mysterious Agency, see Operation Rosary, Trade Secret, Farewell Mr. Groovy, and The Book of Cat With Moon. Nightwalk Pavilion takes place soon after Maya's Tale, when the boys are now in their early 20s, Hiei being the eldest by a few years.
 
This particular story concerns a couple of Spirit Detectives, detecting. And features a rare-for this author-appearance by Urameshi Yuusuke.
 
 
Title: Nightwalk Pavilion
Author: JaganshiKenshin
Genre: General, Mystery
Rating: K+/PG-13
 
Summary: The town is deserted, Kuwabara is acting strangely, and Kurama is missing. It's up to Hiei and Yuusuke to find out why.
 
A/N: Thanks for reading this, and I appreciate your reviews!
 
Could it really be a place where dreams come true?
 
Nightwalk Pavilion (Part 1: Barrier! Hiei and Yuusuke Walk Into A Trap!)
by
Kenshin
 
On that soft June night, the main drag was deserted, but not deserted enough.
 
"Yo, Hiei!" From the end of the block, someone hailed him, and with a long-suffering sigh, Hiei stopped.
 
Six feet of gristle and bone, with a granite slab-face topped by a carrot-colored buzz cut, Kuwabara Kazuma approached.
 
Every three or four steps, Kuwabara took a little sidewise jog, then corrected his course. Strange, Hiei thought, like he can't decide whether to stay or go.
 
Kuwabara lurched to a halt. He looked down at Hiei. He rasped, "Just the guy I wanna see."
 
"I doubt it." Hiei prided himself on having gained enough patience to handle even Kuwabara with detachment. He had, in fact, just been ejected from filming a rather involved commercial for a new department store. Two weeks of close confinement with make-up artists and costumers poking at him like some Barbie doll, and Hiei had refrained from slaying a single one of them.
 
Then the financial backers withdrew, and the project was canceled. Still Hiei had slain no one. This was progress.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Ink! In Which Dr. inkenstein Reveals Part One

On the Fountain Pen Geeks forum, we have been playing a wonderful Ink Guessing Game, started by KLP and Laura N.  

Here's how it goes:  They send us a sample vial of Unmarked Ink.  We test it, not knowing the maker or color name, so we won't be unduly influenced by Industry Hype (ie: 'This is the Best Ink Ever!' Or, 'This Ink Will Eat Your Pen Alive!'). Sort of, almost, like a double blind science experiment.

And as we all know, Dr. Inkenstein loves science experiments.  Muahahaaaa.

I missed MI 1 so...

It started with MI 2.

By chance, I believe I picked the perfect pen for this Mystery Ink:

 

The image is scanned so you can't see much shading, but I believe there is some. For a wet ink, it still dries fast enough for this southpaw overwriter.

This has been such fun, and I can't thank you two enough for the opportunity.

PS: Chroma:



(MI 2 was revealed as Sailor Kobe Maiko Green.  Loved it.)


MI 3 proved to be a bright spot in a dark winter.

Here are just my quick impressions, but I love it too! It's not anything like any color I have or know...I call it Raspberry Sorbet. 

The chroma reveals a not-all-that-complex color halo, unlike some of my other inks, which fan out into multi-hued coronas. That's okay.  I found that J Herbin Rouge Bourgogne had a very similar chroma, but...that waan't this ink.

Have I mentioned I loved this ink? 

It dries fast enough, and does not seem quite as wet as MI 2. But it seems unique. (Now, given that I was wrong with both my MI 2 guesses, watch this 'become' an ink I already own and use, lol).

Thank you both, Laura and KLP, for this wonderful ink-ertunity, and for brightening up a snowy winter day.



This ink turned out to be...Caran D'Ache Sunset.  Never used a CDA ink before, and sadly, this is a discontinued color.  It got a little bit sticky in the pen after a coupoe of weeks, refusing to dry well.  Coulda been the pen.  Anyway the ink was a wonderful color and fun to use.

Up next: Part Two!  With at least two more inks!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ahh, Sweet Mystery of Ink Part 2 : In Which Dr. Inkenstein Continues

When we left off, on the FPG forum we have been playing a wonderful Ink Guessing Game, started by KLP and Laura N.  

Here's how it goes:  They send us a sample vial of Unmarked Ink.  We test it, not knowing the maker or color name, so we won't be unduly influenced by Industry Hype (ie: 'This is the Best Ink Ever!' Or, 'This Ink Will Eat Your Pen Alive!'). Sort of, almost, like a double blind science experiment.

And as we all know, Dr. Inkenstein loves science experiments.  Muahahaaaa.

It started with MI 2.

Now here it continues with MI 4 and beyond.

 
Thank you both, Laura and KLP, for this wonderful ink-ertunity, and for brightening up a snowy winter that lasted well into what was allegedly spring.


It was six degrees out with howling wind! But MI 4 saved the day. 

 

Continuing in the tradition: I love this ink! It plays so nicely with the Hero and the Bagasse, and was a great color for snowy, cabin-fevery February.

Now that I look closely I may see hints of darkish green in the chroma's center and corona. I have a certain ink in the back of my mind (mostly due to the excellent flow and hue) but I'm probably wrong.

As usual.  And nope, it wasn't Chesterfield Mahogany, but revealed as De Atramentis Black-Brown.  These DA inks...innnteresstinnng.

Thanks once again to the Mystery Team that makes this possible!

Now, MI 5:   Wow. Yup. Orange. Where are my sunglasses? 


 

You will see that the AS shows more burnt-orange and has much more shading. FG is notably darker and more pink. Glitterpreppyyellowbrown is just...odd, by comparison.

MI 5 writes smooth in the pen and dries quick enough for my southpaw-y-ness. It seemed to flow fairly well in this dryish italic Nemo, which, as a demonstrator, helps to show off the liquid Vitamin C-power of the Mystery Ink.

And now for the paper towel chroma. 

Top: Apache Sunset
Middle left: Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki
Middle right: Preppy Yellowbrownwithcopperglitter
Bottom: Teh MYSTERY ink!

Don't they look like flowers? I have NO idea how that dark spot got onto the MI 5 'flower.' Probably a rogue microparticle of blue ink got jealous and flew right into the middle. Somehow.

 

I do have my suspects. Two of them. But I have been wrong with every. Single. Guess so far.

This was a wonderfully cheery ink for a chilly week in March when we expected TWO TO FOUR MORE INCHES OF SNOW. Will be using it to reply to some letters!

So thanks once again to our Queens of Mystery!

You will see that the AS shows more burnt-orange and has much more shading. FG is notably darker and more pink. Glitterpreppyyellowbrown is just...odd, by comparison.

MI 5 writes smooth in the pen and dries quick enough for my southpaw-y-ness. It seemed to flow fairly well in this dryish italic Nemo, which, as a demonstrator, helps to show off the liquid Vitamin C-power of the Mystery Ink.


And now for the paper towel chroma. 

Top: Apache Sunset
Middle left: Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki
Middle right: Preppy Yellowbrownwithcopperglitter
Bottom: Teh MYSTERY ink!

Don't they look like flowers? I have NO idea how that dark spot got onto the MI 5 'flower.' Probably a rogue microparticle of blue ink got jealous and flew right into the middle. Somehow.

I guessed that this might have been either J Herbin Orange Indienne, or Chesterfield Fire Opal.  It wasn't.  It was....Montblanc Gandhi!  Which isn't even available any more!  So I now have a vial of this Officially Rare Unobtainable Ink.

As for MI 6:

This is a slinky ink! The flow and smoothitude was remarkable. With a single dip, I was able to write this mini-review, AND a short letter to a pen pal. However, several hours later, tendrils of purple/pink were still emerging from the nib.

I think MI 6 would pair well with MI 3. The CDA Sunset that looked like raspberry sorbet. 

For my own identification purposes, I'm calling it Elderberry...though there's no such ink name as far as I know. *





The scan makes it look almost black. Though it is very dark, it has lighter and warmer tones than shown here, though no shading that I can see. But talk about flow! No smearage, either...a boon for us southpaw hookers. 

Like Laura N, I'm not a big purple ink person, but this one has some wonderful properties. I'm enjoying it.

PS: last night the water in which I was soaking the dipped nib finally ran clear....BUT when I applied paper towel to the nib, nope. So I accidentally did a chroma, lol. Slate and hot pink says it well.



* There was...but I didn't know that at the time.

This was another De Atramentis ink: Aubergine.

Wrong again.  But well, at least it was a FOOD.  

What ink shall be next?  It's a mystery to me.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Winter Persimmon: In Which Dr. Inkenstein Does January

As we all know by now, those fun-loving inksters over at the Fountain Pen Network are running a group test of all the Iroshizuku inks.  
 
I've had a lot of fun with this ink-of-the-month comparison, and Fuyu-Gaki brings a bright note to January's gray doldrums.  My test pen was a Pelikan M200 with a wonderful, tipped italic nib.  I used several papers and one other ink for comparison.
Initial Doodle:

Rhodia Paper:

Old standby Bagasse:

One comparison:


Summary:


The bottom line is, Dr. Inkenstein likes this ink more than  the Yu-Yake in a previous test (though that ink did not have any problems with flow or cleanup...just seemed too pale...).


 Fuyu-Gaki is a cheerful, happy, well-behaved color. I don't think I'd go for a bottle, however, because it's fairly close to Lamy's Neon Coral, which I already have.  And my ink shelf's running out of room.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

All I Want For Christmas: In Which Dr. Inkenstein Posts a YYH Fan Fic

With a cameo appearance by fountain pens and ink.
 
 
 
 
 
This particular Christmas tale involves Kitajima Maya, Kurama, Hiei, and a rare appearance by Yuusuke. It occurs a few months after the conclusion of Maya's Tale.
 
Title: All I Want For Christmas
 
Author: JaganshiKenshin
 
Genre: General, Humor
 
Rating: K+/PG-13
 
Summary: 'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the town, many creatures were stirring, and one was a clown.
 
A/N: As always, thanks for reading and reviewing!
 
"I just want a normal night on the town!"
 
 
All I Want For Christmas
by
Kenshin
 
(Excerpt:)
 
"Enough," said Hiei, holding out a hand like a traffic cop.
 
 
Urameshi frowned at Hiei's hand. "Why is your hand blue?"
 
 
"My fountain pen leaked."
 
 
"Your-"
 
 
"Baystate Blue. Don't ask."
 
 
"Let him eat your hand. Maybe it'll poison him."
 
 
 
Read the rest here!

Monday, December 15, 2014

And The Ink Goes On: In Which Dr. Inkenstein Deep-Seas It

Yes, we are still testing Iroshizuku's Ink-of-Teh-Month,  and December's offering is Shin-Kai (Deep Sea):

The ink really does show a Special Effect of drying different from when it goes down wet, and the change is not a pleasant one.  It dries pale and dusty.  Moreover, it was a very hard starter in my test pen, a Nemosine Singularity demonstrator with a garden hose of an M nib.
 
We are not amused.
 
I realize many people love this ink, but Montblanc Midnight gives the same sort of  iron-gally blue color on the page, and behaves itself beautifully.
 
Lastly, a bit of Mystery Chromatography:





Pretty color, nice halo effects.  But what is it?
 
Could be Noodler's Squeateague.  Or maybe Noodler's GI Navaho (an indeterminate self-made mix of GI Green and Navaho Turquoise).  Or something else entirely different. We neglected to label it.  We hang our head in shame.
 
 
The blue squiggle for comparison's sake in the bottom center is Montblanc Balzac Turquoise.  But that's all we know. 
 
Stay tuned.