Pens, Paper & Ink - Offical OCAU club/thread

Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by Akh-Horus, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Akh-Horus

    Akh-Horus Member

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    Sounds like you are getting into it Fester :)

    I am stoked that there are people other than myself who love pens and its associated hobbies.
     
  2. pelmen

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    Thanks for the response, good to know its usable. I prefer all my pens to be functional, not just look good (or bad). I have two identical fine point Vanishing Points, one writes ok the other really badly, the have different inks so i havent done a proper test. Still for the price point I would expect a pen to actually write and both are miles away from the medium VP I use daily too. These new capless ones I'll have to try and hope for a more consistent experience, but wont be flush to buy for a while. My OCD wanted to build a set of pens in various colour bodies and inks to match, I need ver fine writing in multiple colours for a project of mine.
     
  3. pelmen

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    Noodlers ghost and flex pen

    Feeding my addiction my recent Goulet Pens order (not affiliated but highly recommended) included two Noodlers products I'll show here. The ink is Noodlers Blue Ghost which is an "invisible" ink. It's not noticeable under normal light but hit it with a cheap UV torch and it scream off the page bright and clear. Great for passing secret messages in class, storing ICBM missile codes on a scrap of paper in your wallet and for getting creative in your "special room". The usual stuff you know.

    I also got a new pen for my collection, a Noodlers Neponset Ghostly Lapis. A marbled acrylic body in white and blue with a music nib. So I put the two together for a play, nothing serious, see photos below.

    The paper is a crappy PostIt note nothing special and bad for fountain pens, it absorbs ink. This combo was a bit odd since I couldn't see the ink and had no feedback for my writing pressure. It felt smooth and wet and after my bad writing I could see ink on the paper was wet and as it dried/soaked it vanished leaving no obvious trace there was anything written there. Holding paper at angles I could just see some indentations from the nib but couldnt read or tell it was writing. The pen is very nice to hold and write with with a press plunger style filler mechanism. For a "plastic" pen it feels solid and value for money, not luxury or cheap garbage. Got another couple of noodlers in my wishlist to try out too after this, never been keen on plastic pens so been reluctant to try them.

    Because the pen acrylic body is mixed from different colours and not consistently mixed you have this marbling effect and so each pen will have a unique pattern. On the noodlers site it looks purely blue and white but mine shows a lot more subtlties of pearl giving it depth (you can see bits of blue disappearing into the depths). The colours have thick and thin parts so the pattern has a pleasing variety. For pen displays I would look good. I'm certainly pleased with this "cheap plastic pen". Its better than I expected.

    The Ink? Well its liquid, comes in a bottle, has a slight odour, goes in a fountain pen, um writes on paper. I'm not much of a reviewer. This is an ink you get because you want it invisible in visible light but bright and clear under ultraviolet light. It does this very well, as bright and clear as a yellow highlighter under UV and the ink itself is slightly yellow in the bottle so maybe its the same basic ink. I tried writing on other surfaces, plastic, fabric, black card. Now I can write on pretty much anything with Pilot Iroshizuku ink in my medium vanishing point and get clear unbroken legible lines. Not so with this noodlers combo. On plastic it pools in blobs on polished granite it wouldn't draw but where the tiny cracks in the granite grain it would get drawn into it. Skin was ok, material notebook binding wasn't too bad but not great where it would sit on top of ridges and get drawn broadly into crevices. More seriously paper absorption greatly effects the UV reaction, on papers where the ink sits in the surface the writing is great, but on papers that absorb easily its less noticable a bit like a street light through fog. the writing is clear and a little faint surrounded by a diffuse halo where the ink dispersed into the paper. But all my notebooks I had to hand are common cheapies, nothing special, and I wasn't looking to test, just get a quick feel and see how it wrote. The black card I tried soaked it up and was about 20% noticable under UV, not as clear as you see in the photo. but not useless.

    Part of my reason for the purchase was curiosity and part was to use the ink to add ownership marks to things in case of theft. I know there are felt pens that so the same for this purpose, but....fountain pens!!! :)

    For the dummies, my two photos below in one pic show the pad, pen and ink under normal light on the left while on the right I turned on a cheap UV torch about 50cm away and it was bright enough to see the effect clearly so I didn't bother trying to stage the shot for a review, i just wanted to take the shots for myself.


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  4. NanoDuke

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    Source and cost? How does it go writing on fabrics?
     
  5. pelmen

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    Source: as mentioned, Goulet Pens
    Cost: look it up yourself. was way cheaper than I could find on ebay. Plus delivery is fast and Goulet pack everything awesomely.

    Fabric I mentioned, i didnt do tshirts and jeans.
     
  6. Uncle Fester

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    Damn you Pelmen! You just cost me more money!:)


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    Noodler's Neponset, Appalachian Pearl, 3-tined musical nib.
    It's much darker IRL


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    With Noodler's Apache Sunset ink, on cheap copy paper, the ink is red,
    but look at that orange and yellow!

    Cheers!
     
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  7. Akh-Horus

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    Love love love that pen.
     
  8. pelmen

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    :)

    Ordered a noodlers demonstrator today too. Couldn't resist the urge to buy. Plus a pen case. Figured I best spend $100 before another bill shows up.

    Had an old friend come visit on the weekend and her boy in high school is starting an interest in fountain pens with a lamy safari. I gave him a spare Jin Hao with pilot yama budo ink and blew him away. He had tons of questions on how refilling works and different inks etc. He loved the feel of my pilot vanishing points. I think his grandpa gave him a pen which sparked his interest and he's very enthusiastic about fountain pens. Gave him a converter too for his Lamy as he's still using the cartridges. The first one's always free the drug dealers say, maybe the world of fountain pen inks will hook him further in.
     
  9. Uncle Fester

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    Which pen pelmen?

    And speaking of pen cases, I ordered one of these;


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    41cm H x 27D x 51W, hopefully will contain my mess to 1 box instead of spread over 3 rooms.

    Cheers ;)

    and BTW, my Spencerian learning is going glacially...
     
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  10. pelmen

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    Noodlers Ahab

    Holy crap thats a pen case commitment you've got there. I don't have a ton of maki-e pens to justify something that big but maybe something for my inks :)

    btw am trying to practice my caligraphy with the help of an ipad app and an Artline 3mm pen. Why is my first character in a row always the best and each repeat just gets wonkier? I really should give up, I used to be given lines to write and detention in primary school for my garbage handwriting.take the hint?
     
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  11. Uncle Fester

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    And after my splintered pen case arrived, I was sent a replacement;


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    Noice, now my collection/collecting is contained.

    Note: This box holds everything pen related except some paper, and
    the Noodler's ink bottles don't fit. First-world problem...

    I'm going to have fun this weekend playing with this :)

    Cheers
     
  12. Akh-Horus

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    I have - everything - envy - wow looks grouse Fester.

    Hand positioning. Make sure you reposition your hand. Don't give up.
     

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