Monday Musings

Hey everyone! I’m going to start a new thing on my blog called Monday Musings. I’ll just be a list of cool things I have seen and I think you should check out. Here we go!

Pen Related Things:

Ink Shot Review: Diamine Magical Forest at Gourmet Pens

Edison Nouveau Premiere Midnight Thunder Fall 2015 SE Fountain Pen at Goulet Pens

“Too Many” Pens Inked at The Pen Haul

Newton Pens “Moody” Review at Nib and Ink

Lamy 2000 Massdrop

Other Cool Things:

Liquid Water Exists on Mars, Boosting Hopes for Life There, NASA Says at CNN

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015 Pictures and Video at The Telegraph

Things I Did:

Updates and New Things to The Southpaw Pen!

I don’t have a lot from this week because I’ve been studying for multiple exams this week. Hope you enjoy the reads!

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Updates and New Things to The Southpaw Pen!

Hey everyone! I know it has been a while, but I have a couple updates and whatnot to bring to you! It has been a busy couple of weeks because of school. I have 3 exams next week and I just wanted to take a break from that by kind of giving a preview of things to come to The Southpaw Pen!

So, without further adieu… UPDATES!

New Things I Purchased!

So, I have had a couple of purchases from Goulet Pens and Anderson Pens in the past couple of weeks. Yes, I know I’m addicted. I purchased a couple of maintenance items from Goulet (sample holder, bulb for cleaning pen, blunt syringe), a 1.1mm Goulet stub nib, and a few new samples which included Diamine Majestic Blue, J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey, and Diamine Eau de Nil as my Surprise Me! sample.

After I received these, I immediately put the Stormy Grey into my Jinhao x450 with the 101mm Goulet stub nib on it and I fell in love. I also tested my Diamine Eau de Nil in my Jinhao x750 and was amazed at how beatiful the color was.

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Hopefully after this week, I will be posting more ink reviews on the Stormy Grey and the Diamine Eau de Nil. All I know is that the Diamine Eau de Nil is my new favorite ink, and I’ve been using it for just about everything! I bought the bottle of Diamine Eau de Nil from Anderson Pens and from Goulet Pens, the J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey, a nice Goulet fine nib for my Jinhao x750, and my first Rhodia dotpad! I can see why that paper lives up to the hype. The shading I’ve had out of my Diamine Autumn Oak is AMAZING.

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So, I decided to write a little lineup showing all of my currently inked pens:

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Current pen lineup in my 7Felicity travelers notebook.

I personally love the colors that are in my current pens. I can’t wait to see next month’s ink drop so I can try out some new inks!

Upcoming News to The Southpaw Pen!

So, here soon I will be working on some ink reviews. I purchased a couple of new bottles and have some more ink samples so I am excited to start working on those. I should also be doing a couple of pen reviews for some of the more beginning pens I have including: Jinhaos, the Pilot Metropolitan, TWSBI Eco, and the Noodler’s Ahab.

What is in the Mail?

So, I made my last purchases of the year for pens yesterday. One thing I got was the Edison Premiere
Limited Edition Fall 2015 Midnight Thunder pen from Goulet Pens and I am so excited to try it and test it for my self. I’ll be my first Edison pen and I am looking forward to owning a pen from a company in my home-state, Ohio.

Edison Nouveau Premiere Fountain Pen – Midnight Thunder (Fall 2015) from gouletpens.com

The one last thing I got… will be a surprise to my readers next week! I’m so excited for this secret pen I purchased, and I can’t wait to show everyone!

That’s it from me – for now. I have three exams this week so I better get to studying!

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at lexie9894@live.com.

Thanks for reading!

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdgrün Ink Review

This was my first experience with Rohrer & Klingner and I was very surprised that I liked this color so much. The Smaragdgrün is a nice green-blue color and has some nice colors in it. Hope you enjoy!

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Dry Time: 15-20 seconds.

Saturation: Medium.

Water Resistance: Very little.

Shading: Some.

Flow: Medium.

Ghosting: Some.

Bleedthrough: None!

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at lexie9894@live.com.

Thanks for reading!

Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo Ink Review

I can see why people like the Iroshizuku line so much – the colors are vibrant and well behaved. The Yama-Budo ink had some good shading properties and some beautiful colors. Hope you enjoy!

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Dry Time: 10-15 seconds.

Saturation: High saturation.

Water Resistance: Medium resistance.

Shading: A little – medium. I can see multiple shades, it was just mostly on the darker side with less shading.

Ghosting: Some.

Bleedthrough: Very little.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at lexie9894@live.com.

Thanks for reading!

Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron Ink Review

I finally reviewed one of my samples I received from a Goulet Pens order a while back. Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron is an interesting ink because it is considered a fraud resistant and waterproof ink. It is a very cool blue-black ink and I think the color is very nice. Hope you enjoy!

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Dry Time: < 5 seconds – super fast! A nice property of this ink.

Saturation: High saturation.

Water Resistance: Very water resistant!

Shading: Not too much, some.

Flow: Wet.

Ghosting: Some.

Bleedthrough: Very little.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at lexie9894@live.com.

Thanks for reading!

Diamine Sherwood Green Ink Review

Diamine Sherwood Green is a very deep, saturated green. It has some beautiful colors and it has been a very well behaved ink. Hope you enjoy!

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Dry Time: 10-15 seconds.

Saturation: Very saturated.

Shading: A little, more with a broad nib. You can get some very pretty colors.

Flow: Wet.

Ghosting: None.

Bleedthrough: None.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at lexie9894@live.com.

Thanks for reading!

Diamine Red Dragon Ink Reviewink

Another ink review for today, this time featuring Diamine Red Dragon! This is my current red I have been using. I enjoy the darker side of red and the deepness of the Diamine Red Dragon is attractive to me. Hope you enjoy!

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Dry Time: 15-20 seconds.

Saturation: Very saturated.

Water resistance: Not very resistant.

Shading: Some, not much.

Flow: Wet.

Ghosting: Very little.

Bleedthrough: None.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at lexie9894@live.com.

Thanks for reading!