Recent Links May 31, 2014

A (roughly) weekly summary of posts I’ve bookmarked to Delicious.

Organics Studio Edgar Allan Poe – Ink Review

Organics Studio Edgar Allan PoeThe final review in this set does have some backstory. This Organics Studio ink is named after Edgar Allan Poe, the American author “well known for his contributions to science fiction, mystery, and macabre” (according to the label of the box). It’s often difficult to determine why particular inks are named after notable people, but in this case it’s easy – if you wanted to write a gothic poem or novel in long hand, then why not use an ink that is best described as looking like dried blood?
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Noodler’s Habanero – Ink Review

Noodler's HabaneroThe third in this series of ink reviews is for Noodler’s Habanero. I originally bought an ink sample on Ebay a few months ago, loaded a pen with it, and recall thinking it was a very attractive colour. I flushed it before really running it through its paces though. When I saw the ink was available from a UK supplier (at £10 for a 3oz bottle), I though I would stock up while I had the chance. Google tells me that 3oz equates to 88.7206ml (the labels say 87-90ml), so I would consider this ink to be modestly priced (cheap sounds wrong).
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Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki – Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-GakiThe subject of the second review is Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki. No great backstory on this one, but I had also seen a number of positive reviews of this ink. In general, the Iroshizuku line is well-regarded. Most UK retailers charge £25 – £30 per 50ml bottle, which normally put the ink in the “luxury” category. However, I bought this bottle from Amazon Marketplace for £12.68 – which I would consider puts this ink in the “mid price” range. The fact I can get a bottle sent all the way from Japan for roughly half the price I could but it in the UK could be the subject of a post in itself.

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