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Inks for your Special Valentine

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen, Noodler's Burgundy, J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier, Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo Writing Samples at wonderpens.ca

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen, Noodler’s Burgundy, J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier, Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo Writing Samples

At some point, I may have mentioned I’m not really a pink ink person. I don’t know if it’s the bashfulness of using such a bright ink, or that it’s too girly, but at this time of year, you’ve got to pull out the scarlet and the fuchsia.

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen Writing Sample at www.wonderpens.ca

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen Writing Sample

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen is, of course, the first one that comes to mind. It’s a bright, happy, vibrant, pink pink pink (with a hint of puple). It’s a keep you going and keep you awake type of pink.  I think everyone has to try this ink at least once, and this is the best time of year to pull it off. 

Noodler's Burgundy Writing Sample at wonderpens.ca

Noodler’s Burgundy Writing Sample

For those that are a little less exuberant, Noodler’s Burgundy is a serious dark burgundy. Since I used a dip pen, it’s quite wet, so you can’t see too much shading at all. If you have a wet fountain pen, this is even a good for the workplace if you can swing it, since it’s dark enough to almost pass for a black – though of course, you can get a hint of the burgundy if you look closely enough.

J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier Writing Sample at www.wonderpens.ca

J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier Writing Sample

J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier is truly a cinnamon heart red, a real red without too much else in it. A good pick for a “teacher’s red”, and also popular for editing or margin notes. This is also my pick for your Valentine’s Day writing, and it also very nicely doubles up for upcoming Lunar/Chinese New year!

J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier Writing Sample at wonderpens.ca

J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier Writing Sample

You can also try Pilot Iroshizuku’s Yama-Budo. This ink has certainly taken me by surprise – before we began carrying Iroshizuku inks, this was one of our most requested special order Pilot inks, and it continues to be one of our most popular Iroshizuku inks. A pinkish burgundy? Not quite sure how to describe it, but it has that special something.

In fact, when people come into the shop, sometimes we end up discussing inks, and I’ve heard so much about this ink through customers, that I felt obligated to fill up a pen with it and test it out.  This Valentine’s season is the perfect opportunity, and I’ll let you know how it does. Interestingly, I’ve never noticed anyone telling Jon he needs to fill up a pen with this Yama-Budo, so maybe I’ll have to fill one of his for him.

Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo Writing Sample at www.wonderpens.ca

Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo Writing Sample

For these writing samples, I used a nib holder and a Brause Blue Pumpkin/Steno nib – you can probably tell from the blobs and inconsistencies that I need a little more practice with it. I have a few of these kicking around, and they’re great to see what a shade of ink will look like. However, the nib will give a little more ink onto the page, so if you’re using a drier pen, or a thinner nib, the colour might be a bit lighter – and you will probably get more shading as well. The Iroshizuku Yama-Budo was in a Platinum 3776 Broad, another wet pen.

You can also check out a writing sample of Rohrer & Klingner’s Fernambuk in a TWSBI broad nib from the last post on Valentine’s Day Inspiration.

Even if you’re not writing Valentine’s to leave in your classmates’ desks anymore, consider using a bright ink on February 14th at the office, just to spice things up. What could be more fun than signing a contract or a writing out a prescription with pink ink?

Calligraphy Nib Holder and Brause Steno/Blue Pumpkin Nib at www.wonderpens.ca

Calligraphy Nib Holder and Brause Steno/Blue Pumpkin Nib

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I thought maybe you could use some inspiration as you’re writing your cards. After all, it’s hard to be romantic on demand.


And if you can’t read my handwriting:

My Rules

If you want to marry me, here’s what you’ll have to do:
You must learn how to make a perfect chicken-dumpling stew.
And you must sew my holey socks,
And soothe my troubled mind,
And develop the knack for scratching my back,
And keep my shoes spotlessly shined.
And while I rest you must rake up the leaves,
And when it is hailing and snowing
You must shovel the walk…and be still when I talk,
And — hey — where are you going?

-Shel Silverstein


Jon is a secret romantic, which is why he’s always so sad when I say things like, “Super, you’re brown and amazing and my best friend,” or “Super, let me give you a kiss for being so fabulous,” or “Super, you’re so chocolatey and delicious, yum yum”…but this poem makes me laugh because, really, Jon is very good at scratching backs.

(He’s still working on the chicken-dumpling stew. Or anything that doesn’t come frozen and in a cardboard box. But he’s still my Valentine.)


Valentine’s Day Contest 2014

Valentine’s Day is coming up…that sweet, chocolate-y time of year when kids are scrunching up cards with little confessions of love, everything seems pink and cinnamon flavoured, and you can see men everywhere wandering aimlessly through the city looking for that “just right” gift.

To celebrate, we’re offering a giveaway!

We have here:

Valentine's Day Giveaway

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Two Lamy Fountain pens – red and white
Two sets of correspondence paper & envelopes from Original Crown Mill (cream & white)
(Total retail value $101.00 CAD)

To enter, leave a comment below telling us your best cheesy Valentine’s Day pick up line. You can also enter a second time by leaving your line on our Facebook Page under the post announcing the contest, in the comments section.

The winner will be selected at random, and is limited to Canadian residents.

You can enter a maximum of two times (once per method). Duplicate entries will not be counted. The contest closes midnight on February 13th, 2014 and the winner will be announced February 14th, 2014. The winner will have 7 days to contact us (until February 21st, 2014) via e-mail. All comments are moderated, and inappropriate ones removed.