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TWSBI Pens & Updates

TWSBI released some new products and updates right around the time we were starting to get busy, and I’m sorry we didn’t have more of a chance to share about them! Unfortunately, we’re just gearing up to say good bye to some of them now.

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The long awaited red-blue 580 was released – the re-release of the original 540 ROC Limited Edition – and we got a few of the limited quantity. Our stock has dwindled to its last – it’s all we have left! TWSBI released an American version, but we got the original ROC version. If you are set on a nib size, and we’ve run out, your only option is to purchase the pen and an additional nib unit for it to swap out.

We are still petitioning Philip for a Canadian version…

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The Mini in White & Rose Gold finish was not originally meant to be a limited edition item, however, TWSBI has pulled it off its line and what we have left is it. I’m pretty sad about seeing this pen go! I believe they may try to bring it back, maybe even as soon as in a few months, but who knows the machinations of TWSBI! Jon actually said that this is a pen I would like, but I wasn’t really paying attention until it arrived and he was right…

Keep in mind that the nib actually has a rose gold finish as well, so if you purchase a mini nib unit to swap, it will fit, but will not be the same finish.

The good news is that the Classic now has a post-able cap! I personally recommend the burgundy (even though I mostly use black and blue ink…)!

You can also check out TWSBI’s blog for news and updates.

Ink Update – Is It Spring Yet?

It has been a long, long winter, and as many of you know, it has also meant we’ve had a hard time getting new inks in. With the cold weather comes the risk of ink freezing in glass bottles, and breaking plastic caps or cracking the glass. However, the dog is getting frisky and the days longer – the end is near!

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I had hoped by now the weather would’ve been warm enough, but it looks like it might just be another week or two before new inks arrive.

Our focus will be mainly on restocking inks now that are out of stock, and then working on bringing in any new requested colours. We will be ordering inks in smaller groups as the weather starts to warm up to minimize risk as the weather is still not great – so while you may see some colours back in stock, so please bear with us if you are looking for one in particular!

We are confident by the end of April to have all colours back in stock.  This is barring any stock issues when ordering, and with the exception of Diamine, which needs to ship to the distributor first after the weather warms again. Other inks we will be ordering straight from the manufacturer.

You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram if you’d like to know just when the inks come in. And while you’re waiting, you can do a short rain/sun/warm weather dance for us.

Rohrer & Klingner Konigsblau

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Rohrer & Klingner inks are some of my favourites. They are not a very flashy ink company, although they are better known for their iron gall inks (Salix & Scabiosa) as well as their super shading Alt Goldgrun.

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Konigsblau is one of my favourite blues because it’s a very pleasant royal blue. With so many ultra saturated and unusual inks that pop, it’s sometimes nice to have just a standard, everyday blue ink.

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I use it a lot for everyday writing. It has generally very good behaviour on most papers, is easy to clean out, shades quite a bit. That’s not to say a lack of strikes against it suffices to make it a wonderful ink – it’s just a really great overall ink. The best part of this ink is that there is just a touch of sheen to it! It’s sometimes not very noticeable with finer nibs (the writing sample above is a Lamy medium nib), although if you glance at it in the right light, you can see it. In an Ahab flex fountain pen, with much more ink on the page, the sheen is much more prominent.

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Sheen is when, after the ink has dried, you can see a bit of reflection or shine that’s usually in a different colour. In the photo below, you can see a hint of purplish red at the tops and edges of the lines, where the ink has pooled.

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I always see wonderful pictures people take of sheen in inks, and I was having a hard time with my camera, but I hope you can see what I’m getting at.

Getting some sheen out of your inks depends a great deal on your paper not being very absorbent. If the ink is absorbed into the paper too much, it will look much flatter. This writing sample was done on Life Japanese Stationery Stenographer pad, but other good papers to test for sheen on include Rhodia, Clairefontaine or other Life Japanese Stationery paper.

I do get asked quite a bit which inks have sheen in them, because it’s an unusual feature of fountain pen ink that you just don’t get with gel pens or your average ballpoint.

Rohrer & Klingner Konigsblau Bottled Ink at Wonderpens.ca

Rohrer & Klingner Konigsblau Bottled Ink

 

Other inks with sheen include:

Sailor Sky High
Sailor Grenade
Sailor Epinard
Sailor Sei Boku
Private Reserve DC Electric Blue
Private Reserve Naples Blue
Private Reserve Ebony Blue