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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ink Review - Diamine Yellow

Another yellow ink for review today. This one is definitely different from the last one I reviewed (Diamine Sunshine). It's much more bright, and suited to be a highlighting ink. The brightness of it makes it somewhat unpleasant for everyday use, especially for writing letters, but I think this ink may have a place in some applications.

The ink up for review is Diamine Yellow. This is Diamine's version of pure, straight up, yellow. And it is indeed yellow. Most of the time!

As always, the typed-text version of the review, for easier reading. Also as usual, we've got the underlined parts, which means I added it in after the review was written.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ink review - Diamine Grey

"A grey ink?! - No way, that would be weird. Right?"

That was my initial thought when I was given the idea of grey ink. A friend of mine obviously knew better than I did. :)

He sent me two grey ink samples - Diamine Grey, and later-to-be-reviewed, Noodlers Lexington Grey. I was very curious to try one out, so I immediately inked my Parker 51 with Diamine Grey.

Initial impression: WOW! Hey, that looks really nice. I never would have thought so, but I like this grey ink.

A grey ink never appealed to me before, as I thought of it in the same way I look at watery black inks. Ugly. But Diamine Grey is not like a watery black ink - it is distinctly, and decidedly GREY. Not blackish-grey. This actually appeals to me greatly. Just like my friend who sent me the samples said: It's easier on the eyes than a solid black ink. Indeed I find it very pleasant to stare at for extended periods. It makes my handwriting look less "blocky" and formal than when I use Noodlers Black.

That being said, let's move onto the review! First, the typed-review:

Ink review: Diaimine Grey

Pen and nib: Parker 51 aero - factory B nib

Color: Quite simply, light-grey

Dry time: 15 seconds and it's dry. Pretty good, but not amazing.

Smear when dry: NO And you'll notice I forgot to write that in the written review. Sorry!

Lubrication: Like most Diamine inks - a bit watery, but not bad. I find the watery-ness of Diamine inks to be a good trait in most situations. It's especially useful in that they wash out very easily, and do note stain easily either.

Shading: Minimal. Very minimal...

Feathering: None!

Bleedthrough: Once again - none!

Notes: Wow! I really love this ink. I would never have thought of using grey, but when I was given a sample, I fell in love with the color! It is very gentle on the eyes, and I find it pleasing overall.I will be buying s bottle of this one!

A special thanks to Freddy for the ink samples, and making this review possible!

Now for a photo of this beautiful ink.

So there you go - a review of an ink I never would have thought to try be myself. But I love it! And I really will be adding a bottle to my next ink order. I find the color of it, and it's behavior, perfect for notes, but mostly for writing letters. That's just what I use it for though. It functions well in any scenario that I can put ink into, except something involving close-contact with water.

I recommend you try a sample. It is really worth looking into. Even my picture does not do the ink justice. It is far better looking in person than you see here.

I do hope you've enjoyed this review! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I always love to hear from you!

Be sure to subscribe to keep on top of all the latest ink reviews, and pen review coming up. Pretty soon I'm going to finish my review of the pilot vanishing point! You won't want to miss out on that!

Thanks for reading!

Tyler Dahl

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ink Review - Noodlers Green

Here's an example of a green that I don't really like. I hate to start out a review saying that, but I try to be as honest as I can.

Noodlers green is not a "bad" ink, but it has some quirks that I find annoying. It is also not (this is totally my opinion) a good shade of green. It has too much yellow in it, and not enough blue.

I'll jump right in with the text-review. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

777 Pen Repair now on Facebook!

Well, it's official! I now have a 777 Pen Repair Facebook page. I hope to see you all there!

I intend on posting the latest news,  blog updates, and links to my latest sales/deals. It will also be yet another way of communicating with you, my followers and friends. I do hope you will take the time to visit it, and leave me a comment. Your participation is much appreciated!

Feel free to ask questions there, and do whatever else it is people do on FB. :)

Do note that I am new to this whole FB revolution. I'm usually pretty updated on my technology, but I wasn't altogether too interested in FB. But then, I was eventually convinced it was a good idea, and so I made a page.

I'm hoping that I can reach even more people this way, and maybe even get some new people hooked on fountain pens. I've got a lot of friends and family who don't visit my blog, but do visit Facebook. The more the merrier...

Let me know if you can think of any improvements for the page. I would appreciate any and all of your advice!


777 - Tyler Dahl

Thursday, September 8, 2011

How it all began...

With my house finally coming together, and dozens of pens coming in for work, I haven't had much time for blogging. I have an ink review or two this week, but since I haven't posted in a while, I thought I might do something a little different. :)

I'm going to share with you all, the story of how I got started into fountain pens, and how I began repairing them too. I hope you will enjoy this little piece of my history. It means a lot to me, as without this, I would be both without a job, and without many good friends and good times with my fellow FP enthusiasts. And now onto the story: