I’ve gone a bit mad with ink purchases (and review samples) in the past few weeks.

You’ll no doubt have seen the Pure Pens roundup.



Well, I now have samples of six beautiful new Blackbird inks from British maker Mabie Todd. Here’s a sneak peek:



I can tell you now that a couple of these inks are real winners — Mallard Green and Starling Purple are lovely, and bang on trend (particularly the Green, eg with the Edelstein ink of the year being a dark olive green too).

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In a desperate attempt to kill winter with orange (yes, it’s March, but it’s currently snowing):


…I’ve added to my orangey stock with the recently launched Graf von Faber-Castell Burned Orange:

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and I’m gradually expanding my Herbin collection with the lovely Ambre de Birmanie, which is lighter and less brown than KWZ Honey, but less firey than something like Autumn Oak:


Pinks are getting some love too. I finally succumbed to the Lamy limited-edition hype and got a bottle of Vibrant Pink, plus another Graf ink, Electric Pink:


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I am a fan of lubricated and highly saturated inks, so it was only a matter of time until I picked up more KWZ Inks. Continuing my growing love affair with red inks (see Pure Pens Cadwaladr and Colorverse Andromeda) I got KWZ Cherry:


and Grey Plum:


It’s a bit paler than Ink of Witch, darker than Chu Shu, less purple than Shigure — but in that general, wonderful ballpark.

And that’s not all.

Incoming I have Montblanc Unicef blue and William Shakespeare, Herbin Poussere de Lune and Vert Olive, and Seitz-Kreuznach Slate Grey.

That will take me to about 120 inks, and to that end I’ve added a new page to the site: my ink index. Along with my pen review index this will give you a view of the stuff passing over my desk, so if you have a question about anything listed, just shout and I’ll be happy to help.

Anyway, watch out for some more ink reviews to come!

4 thoughts on “Ink-oming!

  1. What a gorgeous collection !! The Graff Burned Orange looks amazing !!! When you’re talking about Pure Pens, are you talking about the U.K. shop ? Do they have they own ink line ? Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these wonderful colors ! Love from France, Marjorie


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