Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rediscovering Old Inks

After my first pen meet last December, I (surprisingly) started to have a dislike for black and blue-black inks as new ink colors began to interest me. At that time too, I had the luck of owning several bottles of new non-black/non-blue-black inks (Private Reserve Copper Burst and Avocado, and Waterman South Sea Blue and Florida Blue). And so the move to colored inks became a wonderful experience. And because of my exposure to fellow fountain pen collectors, I began to crave for more non-black inks to add into my stash. Who wouldn't be in awe when one sees colorful strokes of sepia-like brown, avocado green, turquiose-like blue, and almost royal blue inks on one's Moleskine's pages? For days, I rotated several pens inked with different colors on my Moleskine, who must have had a heart attack with all those hues after having been used to the monotony of black. But not for long.

Last month, during an international workshop sponsored by my organization, a friend from India brought me four pens: a Camlin Trinity, a Chelpark Moti, and two fancy Montex pens. I postponed inking the pens for a week as I was also very busy at that time. When the time came to ink it though, I took my chances and went back to my previous loves: Parker Quink washable black and permanent blue-black.

I used black on the Camlin Trinity and she was an instant hit with me. "We hit it off right away," is what I'll say if I am to describe my initial impression of the Camlin. I was so smitten by that pen that I temporarily ditched my two Schneider Base pens. She's got a Fine to Medium nib, but she is such a wet writer. She's got some scratch when I write with it though, but I want to think that such flaw adds to her character.

Here's the Camlin Trinity fountain pen with a Fine to Medium nib. Its maroon barrel is made of plastic, and brushed metal for its cap.

Note the unique clip of this pen.

This is the closest I can get to its nib.

And here is a writing sample of this beautiful pen.

For the Chelpark Moti I used the permanent blue-black ink. It wasn't a hit at first, but after some strokes and doodles on paper, she showed me what she's got. Like the Camlin, she's got a Fine to Medium nib, but she's wetter. And so she's smoother as a writer. Which is just wonderful. And while the Camlin fills through a converter, this one gets hers through a piston filling mechanism. Her nib and feed can also be removed so it's easier to clean. And she's got a window to show the ink inside. Cool.

Here's the Chelpark Moti fountain pen with a Fine to Medium nib. Its green barrel is made of plastic, and its brushed metal cap has some signs of brassing.

The cap and nib of the Moti. Her nib is more elaborate than the Camlin's. Note her ink window.

And here is a writing sample of my Chelpark Moti.

Now that I'm into Parker inks, I got myself a box of cartridges of Parker Quink Ruby. It's like burnt red, or red-purple, and I imagine seeing red wine droplets on my Moleskine pages when I write using this ink. I used it on my white Parker Vector as a tiny surprise for anyone who wants to try my white pen. This ink is beautiful, and the photo below cannot do its beauty justice.

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