Bored out from having a cold – not super ill, but not well to do something that needs more advanced (read study literature) efforts from the brain or going on a photo excursion in the lovely winter weather here – I jotted down writing samples from all (except my Lamy Vista with Sunflower yellow – forgotten as so often) my currently inked pens. Since I wrote that I shouldn’t post another YOL photo today I only captured the Italian pens on photo today. Stipula Ventidue Marbled Blue, Aurora Talentum Fire Engine Red, Stipula Ventidue Marbled Red, Stipula Suprema Pelago, Marlen Vienna.
A nice finding today was that Diamine’s Amazing Amethyst and Yard-O-Led Viceroy with a broad nib is a very good combination. The Amethyst is as made for a B nib that brings out the colour and character of the nib.
The Diamine Monaco Red with its warm, deep red hue is a very good companion to the Yard-O-Led Retro. It needs a broad or and italic to show its full potential.
Another very fortunate combination is the Marlen Vienna with a fine nib and the Diamine Registrar’s ink. It is wet enough to handle the dryish Registrar’s Ink well and has spring enough to make justice to the Registrar’s beautiful shading. I like this combo very much – especially since I prefer F nibs for study jotting/notes/all kinds of fast writing and think that the Registrar’s is an excellent ink for note taking. Fast drying, waterproof and “neutral” without being boring.
Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron has become one of my favourites very fast. It is a little bit tricky – the flow could be a little better – but is a beauty to behold in the Stipula Italic. If one looks for a very smooth, lubricating, blue ink the Polar Blue is an incarnation of smoothness and lubrication. A very cold blue hue – the right shade for a Polar Blue.