INK SWAB: 68/365 – Stipula Ebony Black



Stipula Ebony Black

Compared with other black inks, this one is looks darker and more glossy than others.

Did you see this article in the NY Times about micro-apartments? For as long as I can remember, I’ve had huge romantic yearnings for living in a tiny place. I think Mary Tyler Moore started it all for me. Could you do it?  I’m thinking 600 square feet, though, definitely not under 400.

INK DROP: January 2015 (Spoilers)

PENTULANT 044January 2015 Ink Drop from Goulet Pens

I received January’s Ink Drop from Goulet Pens earlier this week.

I usually super-saturate cotton swabs with ink before swiping across the paper, but this time, I barely barely got the cotton wet with ink. I thinking maybe this gives a more accurate idea of what the ink would look like from a pen? If you have thoughts, I’d love to hear them.

I’m about to reveal the inks from top to bottom. If you don’t want to know, this is the time to look away.


  • De Atramentis Black Edition-Brown – I know, it looks kind of purply to me, too (it’s not just the scan)
  • Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris
  • Noodler’s X-Feather – this stuff is great if you’re looking for an ink that doesn’t feather or spread
  • Private Reserve Ebony Purple – another ink I adore
  • Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite

And the theme?  Safe for Work

I like most of these inks – going to have to look at the De Atramentis a bit more, though.  What are you thinking? Safe for work?

INK SWAB: 1/365 – Akkerman Het Zwarte Pad


Hey, let’s do a new ink swab every day in 2015, shall we?

I think it will be fun. Some posts will just be the swab – other posts may have more information and maybe even a full-blown review.  We’ll just start and see how it goes.

Starting with PW Akkerman Het Zwarte Pad. It’s black.

Have you tried this ink?  Did you buy it just for the bottle? (I did.)