It's that time of year when you want to move from the dark, brooding browns and burgundies of winter toward something lighter and brighter.
One day I found myself staring at three new, untested green inks. So I grabbed some pens for dipping and went to work.
Of all the dippers, a cheap little Wing Sung 285 (or maybe 235, it's hard to read...) proved the best and most pleasant to use, writing up to a half a page on a single dip.
Thin paper beware. These inks, tested on Clairefontaine's nice little Twin Book, do not show through, but will show through on Bagasse paper, except for Noodler's Zhivago.
Despite not being light and bright at all, Zhivago happens to be Dr. Inkenstein's favorite of the new greens, with its blackety-greenish undertones that show especially well when the ink is diluted. I have been using the ink in a Nemosine Singularity (see previous review) for sketching. It adds an intriguing glimpse of now-you-see-it, now-you-don't color in an ink that otherwise reads as black.
Many of you know Dr. Inkenstein as the Chief Engineer on the Cheap, Cheerful Pen Express. So when I discovered this little oddity while surfing fleabay, I snapped it up.
The Papermate DJ uses standard international cartridges (and came with a free one from the dealer). It comes in a few different colors, and this one was sold as green, labeled blue, and definitely looks a green that leans just slightly toward blue. The Skrip Green in was IT for this pen. A perfect pen/ink combo, owing entirely to laziness and luck.
At first, Dr. Inkenstein came away with green fingers and thought this little fountain pen leaked. Later on, it was discovered to be Operator Error. This has turned out to be a nice, wet, smooth writer that is yes, obviously cheap, but very comfy to hold and write with.
It has rubber-ish trim rings, and the translucent black cap does post (though not all that securely), and has the extra added advantage of two little 'relief'' hearts displayed on the clip if you are into cute. I am.
I don't know if this is NOS or just new, but I had never seen the like, and jumped on it. I'm sure if you searched for 'Papermate DJ Fountain Pen' you'd find it. I think if you're a fan of inexpensive and cheerful writers this will be right up your alley.
One of these days: Superhero Pens. Really.