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:


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
"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."
"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.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Halloween! In Which Dr. Inkenstein Weighs in Late

Since it is already December, why not post my Yuu Yuu Hakusho Halloween fan fic here?
Thanks.  Knew you'd understand.
Mob Scene
Having been shot, stabbed, poisoned, then dumped off the top of a building not fifteen minutes before, Hiei was quite naturally a step slow, and a bit peevish.
When a rangy Siamese cat came tearing out of the night, yowling at the top of its lungs, Hiei thought his eardrums would burst as well. He turned toward the direction from which he had come, to see what the ruckus was about.
The cat leapt straight at him, clung on, then clambered from his leg to his shoulders, its needle-sharp claws stabbing through his jeans.
Hiei took several eyeblinks to react: "Ow."
Moments later, Futoi Junior cannonballed past. Hiei was tired, but not too tired to clothesline Junior off his feet. He spoke above the caterwauling in his ear. "You weren't planning to make a meal of this cat, were you?"
Junior's eyes bulged. "Naw," he said, picking himself up off the street. "But that was."
The creature which barreled after Futoi Junior looked not only hungry, but capable of swallowing him whole at a gulp.
It was an oni, but unlike the mild-mannered Joruju Saotome, Koenma's big blue assistant, this one was red. Breathing steam. With horns. Tusks. And a wild mane of black hair.
Except most of the oni was missing. This was just the head. A head the size of a compact car.
Before Hiei could react, it struck him-and went right through him, without impact. Then it vanished.
Find the rest HERE.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ink-tober Ends: In Which Dr. Inkenstein Forges Ahead

For those of you who never heard of the Fountain Pen Network and the idea recently launched that we will do group tests of ALL the Iroshizuku inks, here's the most recent.
November.  Yu-Yake.  Sunset.  I'm still trying to wrap my head around whether I like this ink or not.  Dries lighter and less vibrant than in the vial.  Doesn't flow well on every paper, and I've tried it on my favorite India papers, Staples Bagasse, Rhodia and very cool Papers I've Never Before Seen in various Co-Razy Reviews.
Here's mine.

Here's some chromatography:

My work here is done.  Until next month.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Costly Blues: In Which Dr. Inkenstein Blames FPN

The Fountain Pen Network has done it to me again: forced Dr. Inkenstein to buy MOAR INK.  

Forced, I tell you.

What happened is that someone proposed the idea that everyone (or as much Everyone as could be crammed into a phone booth) buy one ink every thirty days and test it to failure. ( 'Scotty!  The engines!')  
Sort of a grand Ink-of-the-Month Club.

Except that the ink is IROSHIZUKU.  From JAPAN.  Which costs way more than the five-ten bucks a bottle Dr. Inkenstein is comfortable with.
Iroshizuku comes in a very pretty bottle that you will not be ashamed of as it sits on your ink shelf.  And they make a lot of inks.  As there was already a bottle of Ku-Jaku in Dr. Inkenstein's cabinet, the thought was, 'One down, eighty billion to go.'  But Ku-Jaku doesn't come up to bat for a few months.

 October's ink is Tsuki-yo, which was luckily in my ink sampler bin.  So, whew.  That gave me time to order a few more samples.
And on re-visiting this ink, I like it more.  In its chosen ink delivery system of the Pilot Metropolitan, it glides.  It is a teal-leaning blue-black that should behave decently in any decent pen. 
I've compared it to other inks and in other pens in a mini-review that reads right-to- left.   And I ended up ordering a whole bottle. 

Silver nib flashes
Silken skates soar homeward bound
Into Moonlit Sky 
More months will bring more ink reviews.  Check out FPN for other comparisons and for the 'rules' if you should wish to participate.
If they do this with Sailor inks, I am sunk. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Orange Crush: In Which Dr. Inkenstein Continues With Summer Fun

Continuing with the summer ink theme, Dr. inkenstein recalls a certain Carvel frozen dessert called Icy Wicy, which was a swirled mix of orange and fuschia sugar water on a double stick, so you and a friend could share.  Here, through the magic of scannage, we have removed the fuschia part (see previous Pink entry and use your imagination) and added in some red-browns.

Because, you know, autumn is coming.  Some day.

The scans don't do these inks justice.  Chesterfield Fire Opal, the orange ink tested in the orange Jinhao-fari 599, really is the color of Orange Crush soda.  It is eye-searingly, happily, summer-afternoons-at-the beach orange, and I would love it but for the fact that it invariably gunks up a nib with a hideous orange crust that looks like dried-on iodine.

Good thing the Jinhao-fari only costs five bucks.  That's one ink-pen combo stamped in stone!  No shading, but with color this bright, why bother?
The 'Fireball,' which is mostly J Herbin Rouge Caroubier and some yellow or other, is included just for comparison's sake.  It's a brilliant red-orange.

The Sailor Brick Brown Red shades like crazy.  The MB Leonardo Red chalk also shades, but with a terra cotta component, and is a wonderful, well-balanced ink.  J Herbin Terre de Feu is another red-brick color that, interestingly, looks more burgundy in the bottle than on paper, where it turns a mid-range, boullion-brown that does shade.  It bears a passing resemblence to the Sailor Brick Brown Red, like maybe they're cousins who get together on the beach every summer.

And Ambre de Birmanie is, well, amber-y.  The color of butterscotch that got a little too caramelized in the pan.  Shades, too.  What more could you want?
Maybe a few extra days of summer.  Carry on.