Today Dr. Inkenstein scribbles with four new fountain pens and two new inks. And could not be happier.
The first, a Hero, is utterly gorgeous, copper colored with a raised fleur-de-lys design and pewter-looking clip. For some odd reason the shape reminds me of an ST. Dupont build. The nib is said to be flexible. If Todd still has these, he's got better pix than I can take. Please have a look at this pen's gorgeousness.
Dr. I also wonders why so many people dislike RB ink. It's nearly a dead ringer for Pelikan Khaki, which I love and which is 'out of print.'
Pen Number Three is a monster. Seriously. It could star in its own movie: Pen Nine From Outer Space. Heavy, mirror-finish, fat silver torpedo. Another from xfountainpens.
These are probably rebranded Jinhaos, and the M nib here is smooth enough. I just. Didn't. Expect. Such. Huge. Shininess.
Last, an amazing piece of work is the Duke 'Chinese calligraphy' nib, and just one more in my growing fude collections (see Nose In The Air for further examples). It, too, is massive, heavy, and comes in a presentation box with ink and a cart AND a booklet. In Chinese. Which Dr.Inkenstein cannot read.
Its nib is somewhat different from most of my fude, being bent at a more severe angle and having two nib slits. Another one from isellpens; pics on that website.
These will be reviewed in more detail at a later date. For now please enjoy the random scribbles.