Santa’s Sleigh List – Fountain Pen Inks

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Happy holidays everyone! As we in the U.S. get ready for Thanksgiving, we are also brainstorming gift ideas for our friends and family. Well, I have you covered! For the next 5 weeks leading up to Christmas I will be sharing Santa’s Sleigh List which includes gift ideas for the planner addicts, fountain pen geeks, and techie nerds in your life. As a special bonus, I’ll also give you ideas for office grab bag gifts and unexpected guests so you don’t just impress your gift recipients, you’ll ‘slay’ them. 😉

To kick off this holiday series, I’m sharing my favorite fountain pen inks which include a shade from each color family.

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My Everyday Fountain Pens

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Like many fountain pen users, I try to find as many opportunities as possible to use these lovely writing instruments. I have a small, modest collection and having all the pens inked up at the same time just isn’t practical or advisable–the ink will dry up if not used quickly and clog up the nib/feed making it difficult to clean or, in some cases, damage the pen. To avoid this problem, many fountain pen geeks will select only a few pens from their collection for everyday use in case one runs out of ink (they’ll have another one ‘waiting in the wings’) or because they like to use more than one ink color at a time. As time goes by and their preferences change, they’ll rotate the pens in and out as needed.

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J.Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor Ink

If you’re a fountain pen geek, you were probably aware and very excited about this year’s summer release of J.Herbin’s newest 1670 anniversary ink which promised spectacular shading. For those who are not familiar with the term ‘shading’, it refers to the ability of an ink to lay down a variation of color. While there are many popular shading inks available, few are as unique as J.Herbin’s new Emerald of Chivor.

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Jinhao 250, Classic Clairefontaine notebook French ruled, J.Herbin Emerald of Chivor

NJ Pen Club hosted by Goldspot Pens

On Thursday July 30, 2015, I attended the NJ Pen Club hosted by Goldspot Pens at the Manalapan Library in New Jersey. It was my first time attending their club event–there have been others–so I was both nervous and excited to attend. When I arrived, there were already 7-9 folks gathered around a table littered with open pen cases, ink bottles, notebooks, and supplies. “Is this the NJ Pen Club?” I asked the group.

“Yes” replied a friendly face. It was Tom Oddo, Digital and Print Marketing Manager from Goldspot Pens. We shook hands and he invited me to join the rest of the group. After some introductions, I pulled out my pen case and pouch containing my tuning supplies and began tuning in to the conversations going on around me. Three gentlemen to my right were looking at and inking up pens from several bottles of Pilot Iroshizuku inks. “Oh, which colors of the Pilot Iroshizuku inks are those?” I asked. And then we were off!

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