When I got my first TWSBI Eco (Extra Fine) I decided that I needed to have a real bottle of ink to have a real experience of “fountain penning.” After looking around JetPens for a while, I settled on the J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche. It wasn’t because I loved the color. The truth is it was because I didn’t want to spend $10+ on an ink that I would probably never finish using! I’m a little bit of cheapskate. I settled on the smaller bottle and got to writing.
On the website the color didn’t blow me away, but it had a fast drying time which is my top priority as a lefty writer. I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised by the color. It isn’t washed out like the swab on the JetPen’s website led me to believe. It is a solid and consistent turquoise blue. It handles great on my go-to notebook (Muji Notebook) and on copy paper without much feathering or show-through on the other side of the page. Here is a great review from Matt at the PenHabit. He is extremely thorough and gives you tons of visual samples of the ink on paper. If you are looking for a solid ink that is economic and will work on just about any paper I can’t say enough good things about the Bleu Pervenche.
Let me begin by saying that my habit for pens has gotten worse. After listening to and dabbing in some cheaper fountain pens, I took the plunge into the lower end the fountain pen world. Specifically, I got couple of TWSBI Ecos (Extra Fine) and a Lamy Safari (Fine). I’m a lefty and primarily use a “Side-writer” position for writing. So I am prone to smearing and smudging naturally. Almost all of my writing is done in my Muji Notebook which is my everyday carry and cheap copy paper. The Muji Notebook is a recycled paper so I’m sure that has some bearing on my results with various pens and inks.
I recently got some new ink samples from Goulet Pens to see what fit my writing style and fancy. So I’m going to take some time and let you know what I have thought about those inks. I’m not a professional anything and surely not a professional ink reviewer. I recommend Matt at Inkdependence if you want great reviews. But I’ll sure what I experience.
First up is Diamine Orange. What a great shade of orange and what a mess when it comes to drying time! I recently inked up my Twsbi Eco Extra Fine and was stoked to see how this orange ink looked. I was immediately impressed. It is a great shade of “orangey” orange. But using it has proved to be disappointing. My disappointment is all about the drying time. Jetpen’s great post on Fast Drying Fountain Pen Inks warned me about their slow drying time, but I tried it anyway and got results that corroborated their evidence. It handles the paper well, no feathering that I can see, but it drys slowly (10-15 seconds) which is a deal breaker for me. Here is the best qualified review I have found for it so maybe that will help you if you are thinking about it.