Faber-Castell Essentio (F)
Noodler's Heart of Darkness
My initial thoughts are that it's a bit heavy, or at least unbalanced. And it needs very smooth paper without much/any feedback. The cap is SUPER tight to snap on & off, & the pen is ridiculously long when posted. It's OK but, as far as nibs go, I like my Gazing Far tm2 (Schmidt F) and Pilot Metropolitan (M) better.
Midori MD cream paper
Handles fountain pens well, but there's ghosting on the back of the page. The paper is fairly transparent, though. You can't really see it, but this ghosting is on the back of the 2nd page, & you can still see the rectangle from the logo on the front of the 1st page (look between the backwards "Heart" & "of"). It's more noticeable in person.
I could be convinced to get a Platinum (Star Wars) fountain pen.
I finally have my wife interested in getting a fountain pen, but she wants a thin one. I know she'll want to buy the cheapest one she finds, but she'd probably be willing to up the price if the pen is pretty. I'd like her first pen to be a nice experience so I can buy her a nicer one later (maybe a Waterman Hemisphere).
What can you suggest for a decent-quality, thin, pretty (girly) pen with a smooth fine nib that uses bottled ink? Sheaffer? Cross? Parker?
I'm looking for some relatively water-resistant blue & green inks for a project. I have Noodler's Heart of Darkness & Kiowa Pecan, so something with similar properties. I was looking at Noodler's Liberty's Elysium & Green Marine. Any experiences with either of those? Any other suggestions? Can't be expensive, though (like their Luxury Blue or Hunter Green).
Here's an interesting water test. Rhodia on the left, L!FE Noble on the right. Inks are written on each page. (Although not shown, the Rhodia paper quickly absorbed drops of water, but the water just beaded up & stayed on the surface of the Life Noble paper. The final pic is after they were run under the tap.)
This really makes me rethink my paper & my Kiowa Pecan. I like that ink, but it takes FOREVER to dry on Life Noble paper.
If I ever get an expensive #FountainPen, it'd be this one from Deer Copper in #Taiwan: https://m.facebook.com/1756629164348543/photos/pcb.2154884167856372/2154884111189711/?type=3&source=48&ref=bookmarks
A Canadian expat ESL teacher in Taiwan, interested in books, coffee, movies, straight razors, fountain pens, the Middle Ages, rum...and rain. (Photos by HTC 10)
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