INK SWAB 218: Private Reserve Chocolat

* BROWN PRIVATE RESERVE CHOCOLAT

A nice brown with a bit of red, Private Reserve Chocolat is an ink that I reviewed way back in 2013. Even though I said at the time that I would be putting it into heavy use, I don’t think I’ve had it in a pen since. Maybe it’s time to give it another go.

INK SWAB 217: Noodler’s Dragon Catfish Pink (HL)

* PINK NOODLERS DRAGON CATFISH PINK

Noodler’s Dragon Catfish Pink was created to be used as a highlighting ink. Because I’ve had some of these specialty inks turn to goo in the sample bottle, I would not put them in a fountain pen.

I use these inks in Preppy Refillable Highlighters – I also buy the converter because it seems to keep things a little more simple for me. Honestly, I’m not sure I’d buy it again because there are so many wonderful highlighting pens out there already.

What do you think?

INK SWAB 215: L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio Baikal

* BLUE L'ARTISAN PASTELLIER CALLIFOLIO BAIKAL

One of my newer ink samples, I’ve not yet tried this beautiful deep blue. Do you have experience with L’Artisan Pastellier inks?  You can get full-sized bottle from Vanness Pens.

I’m a very satisfied customer of Vanness Pens. I’m not compensated to mention them or their products. Even if I was, though, I’d still give you my honest opinions.

INK SWAB 209: Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-Shikibu

* PURPLE PILOT IROSHIZUKU MURASKI-SHIKIBU

Hope you’re having a good weekend!

After trying the sample of Pilot Iroshizuku’s Murasaki-Shikibu, I knew I had to have more more more.  Good potential for shading, not super-saturated, writes very well.

The most common complaint I see about Murasaki-Shikibu is the level of saturation. If you are looking for a rich deep purple, you might like Noodler’s Purple instead.