Valentine’s Day Giveaway – Lamy Vibrant Pink Fountain Pen Ink

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Valentine’s Day might bring many different things to mind like love, hearts, roses, and chocolates. And if you had to choose one color to associate with Valentine’s Day, it would probably be pink, right? Well, even if you don’t have a Valentine (or can’t stand the holiday like some people I know), I’m here to try and make your Valentine’s … Read More

What’s the Difference Between Ink Feathering, Bleeding and Ghosting?

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You may have heard the terms “feathering”, “bleeding”, and “ghosting” before and wondered what they meant. They all refer to how ink interacts with paper. Of course, you’ll probably remember that with fountain pens there are three things that matter: the pen you use, the ink you use, and the paper you use. So while feathering, bleeding, and ghosting all … Read More

Pen, Paper and Ink – Fountain Pen Basics

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When it comes to writing with a fountain pen, you need to consider more than just which pen you’re going to use. A fine writing experience depends on three different things: your pen, your ink and your paper. If one of these items is lacking it can ruin the entire experience. At the same time, if all three compliment each … Read More

What Is Fountain Pen Ink Shading?

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One of the most basic and recognizable characteristics a fountain pen ink can have is shading. Shading can give your handwriting a great deal of character, regardless of which color of ink or style of nib you use. In this article I’ll explain what fountain pen ink shading is, show you some examples so you’ll know what it looks like … Read More

What Is Sheen In Fountain Pen Ink?

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It seems that the world of fountain pens has been taken over by sheen. Read any ink review or browse any online fountain pen community and you’ll frequently see sheen mentioned. So what is sheen in fountain pen ink? What does it look like and how does it happen? Do you have to have a special pen, ink or paper? … Read More

How To Refill A Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge

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How To Refill A Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge filling the cartridge

One of the main disadvantages to using ink cartridges in your fountain pens is that you are very limited in which inks are available in cartridge form. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use any ink you want in a cartridge? I’ve got good news for you… you can! In this article, I’ll show you how you can refill … Read More

What Is Fountain Pen Ink?

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What makes fountain pen ink so special? How is it different from other types of ink? Why can you only use certain types of ink in a fountain pen? These are all great questions. In this article, I want to discuss fountain pen ink and some of the different features you might find in different inks. Fountain Pen Ink Basics … Read More