INK SWAB: 6/365 – Platinum Mix-Free Sunny Yellow

* YELLOW PLATINUM MIX-FREE 006Sunny Yellow from the Platinum Mix-Free line is a cheerful orangey yellow ink. I’ve used some of the inks in this line and they have all been well-behaved.

In case you didn’t know, all of the inks in the Mix-Free line can be mixed together to create other shades and colors. Here’s a link to all of the Mix-Free items that Goulet Pens carries. I didn’t know this item existed until just now.

And! In my ongoing quest to get this new website completed sometime before the end of time, I’ve updated my Wish List. I use this list to keep track of the items that have caught my eye.

Annnd! I’m giving away a pretty notebook filled with Tomoe River Paper.  Enter today.

Finally (I know, I know – so chatty), Have you seen Reverenced Writing?


INK SWAB: 3/365 – Private Reserve Black Magic Blue



Day three of ink swabs makes me feel like this is really happening.  Only 362 days to go!

Private Reserve’s Black Magic Blue is an ink I’ve reviewed in the past. Spoiler: I love it. The name doesn’t exactly match the color as I see a bunch of purple in both the swab above and the samples in the review.

It’s been awhile since I’ve inked a pen with this ink and seeing it again here is making me hunger (thirst?) for it a bit.

Oh, hey, I’m making progress on getting the new site filled in. There’s a fresh About Me page. Check it out.


New Look, Happy New Year, and Winner Winner!


Oh, you guys, It’s been so busy behind the scenes over here.

While everything hasn’t been moved over yet and some of the links are empty, I’m really happy to present the brand new Pentulant website. As part of the new look, I’ve moved everything over to WordPress and I’m feeling confident that this is the correct platform for growth in 2015.

In other words:  FUN TIMES AHEAD!

And while we’re on the topic of new things – Happy New Year! Did you stay up too late last night and are now faced with sleep lines criss-crossing your smiling face? Are you sporting the best case of bed head ever?  Wait. Wait. That’s me!  Happy New Year!


Finally, we have a winner!  Remember way back before sleep lines and bed head? The contest was to guess the number of cotton swabs in the above pictured gallon-sized bag.


The winner gets samples of each of the eight Diamine 150th Anniversary inks!

How many swabs in the bag?  A whopping 729.

And our winner? Jackie! Jackie guessed 725.  I’ve already contacted Jackie about collecting the prize.

Have you tried any of the new inks? I’ve used Tropical Green (not my favorite color, but it writes really well) and Terracotta (a truly unique orange/brown with some great shading).

Top 12 Posts of 2013

For this first post of 2014 (Happy New Year!), I thought it would be fun to have a look at some of the most popular posts from 2013 . . .

Costco Selling Fake Montblanc Fountain Pens?  I was surprised to see how much traffic this post received – I’m glad it’s getting lots of hits, though. I would hate to see someone stuck with a fake.

Ink Review: Montblanc Albert Einstein I liked it, I didn’t love it. I have not used it since this review. Wah wah.

Fountain Pen Review: Pelikan M200 Love the pen – hate the nib. I’ll need to try it with another nib at some point.

Fountain Pen Review: Namiki Falcon Soft Fine still loving this pen – especially filled with Noodler’s Habanero. A favorite combination, for sure.

My First Post as a Married Woman Best decision. Ever.

Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji Not sure why I’ve not used this ink every single day – I love, love, love it.

Ink Review: Diamine Majestic Blue Seriously in love with this ink. Seems like it’s always in a pen even though I have a zillion other blues that I want to try. The sheen, the saturation, lots to love.

Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun One of my very most favorite inks – ever. A pure, beautiful gray. Love it.

Ink Review: De Atramentis Alexander Hamilton Great color! I’ve not used this ink a whole lot since the review, but I want to! So many inks, so little time!

Ink Review: Diamine Wild Strawberry LOVE!

Tools of the Trade

Instagram I’ve been having so much fun over there. I love the immediacy of it, the searchability, the lack of pressure. If you’re not following me on Instagram, you should be.

And that’s it!  The top 12 of 2013 from Pentulant!

Oh, and I updated my Wish List, in case you’re curious.

Thank you for all of your visits, your comments, your suggestions. I love what I’m doing here and have so many things planned for 2014. Stay tuned . . .

Fountain Pen Feeds on Instagram + Some From My Feed

Sailor 1911
Kyo Maki-e Fountain Pen

I’ve had the above pen (mine in the Chrysanthemum design) forever and only recently inked it. Oh my goodness, I don’t know why I waited so many years to give it a go. I’m in serious love with this pen. I filled it with Noodler’s Black (my go to for new pens) and it’s pretty terrific.  (By the way, I love a little nib creep – the smearing you see is from wiping after filling, not crazy nib creep.)

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen

Two Rose Gold Fountain Pens

Above: (L) TWSBI 580 Rose Gold Fountain Pen  (R) Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pen

I’m a believer.

Imagine That! 

Lily, Sammy Fae Baker, Bella

Best picture of the dogs I’ve gotten in a long time. Reminder to self: hold their attention with cookies.

Montblanc Winter Glow Ink

Pelikan Edelstein Amber Ink

The New Brush Dance Calendar

That’s me on Instagram.

And here are some others that regularly post fountain pens on Instagram.











Who are you following?


I’ve only been blogging here for four months. (Here’s my first post.) The end of the year seems like a good time to have a bit of a look back – and forward.
Total Posts:  37
Ink Reviews: 19
Pen Reviews: 6 (7 if you count #1 above as a review)
My favorite ink?  
I didn’t know how much I needed an orange ink until this review. I mentioned in the review that I didn’t think I’d be able to use it for much – who writes with orange every day?  Turns out – this girl! Wooo! 
I plan to continue my Fifty Shades of Grey (Gray!!) series in 2013.
Oh..and speaking of plans for 2013….
I’m modifying my ink review lay-out. The look is completely different from what I have going on now, but there are also some important changes about the process I’ll use to evaluate inks.
..No more separate ink swabs on index cards. I’ve searched for high quality cards, tested a few, and have just not been happy with the quality. I’m sure I could find some stock and spend the time cutting them into tidy little squares, but that’s not how I want to spend my time. So ink swabs will be right on the review itself.
..This Pen + That Pen + The Other Pen = Inconsistent Results.  I’m going to use one pen – the Lamy Safari for all of my ink tests. I probably won’t stick with the same nib width, though. I know, I know. Why the Safari? A couple of reasons. First, it’s a smooth writing son-of-a-gun that has given me good results with a variety of inks and papers. Second, I have several of them (trying to collect them all, yo) and this means I’ll be able to efficiently complete several reviews in one sitting. 
..I’m changing my paper for all reviews to HP Premium Choice 32lb. I’ve been really happy with the Hammermill that I’ve used since the beginning, but it’s time to mix it up a bit and I’ve been reading good things about the HP. 
..The four boxes going across the page? That’s the Compare Square section. One of my favorite parts of looking at inks is comparing the ink to others. Sometimes, the other colors will be similar colors and maybe sometimes the other colors will be colors from the same line as the ink being reviewed. Let’s mix it up a bit in 2013, shall we?
..I’ve added a Highlight Test section. This is not at all related to my fancy new Montblanc Document Marker. 
..No more separate Water Test sheets. Again, the issue with index cards comes up. This also reduces the number of pieces of paper that I need to keep track of. Winner winner, chicken dinner.
..A scoring system. It’s my system, you don’t have to agree with it. Items are weighted – meaning that the more important a characteristic is (to me), the more possible points it will score. For example, color and saturation are important to me – so important that it’s worth about one-third of the total points. Whew..that’s a lot.
There will be a period of transition. I work ahead a bit on ink reviews – completing the actual reviews ahead of time and then writing the blog posts as time allows. It will be a mixed bag until those are all done. Keepin’ you on your toes.
You know what else is new in 2013?
Pen reviews! I’ve been holding out on you, dear reader. I have a stash of pens that would make Caran D’Ache herself blush! And 2013 is the year I get over the weird shyness I have about showing them off to you. I always feel like I would be bragging or tooting my own horn too much – but then I think about what it’s like to be on the other side and I looooove looking at the pens that other people own or want to own.
As you can see from the above form, I’m going to a rating system for pens. I’ve also decided to use Noodler’s Black for all the of the pen reviews. Noodler’s Black is well-regarded for its get-‘er-done attitude and it should work well in nearly all pens – freeing me up to write about the pen and not about pen, ink, paper combinations. 
I have a few other things up my sleeve for the coming year. Maybe I’ll do some give-aways? Start a Facebook Page? Invite guest writers? Track my handwriting improvement plan here? It’s a whole new year filled with opportunities!
New opportunities. Not just for Pentulant, but for me – for you – for all of us. 
Happy New Year!!!!

TGIF: Wish List . . .

My wish list is a constantly evolving thing. Some of the items seem like an impulse rather than a real want – something I would eventually end up owning.  
Like this Visconti traveling ink pot. Would I ever? Probably not.
But..this. This Pelikan M205. This, I would own.  I will own. 
It is the color. Screamin’ bright red. The Pelikan on the cap. The window. The old-fashioned twisty piston mechanism.

Oh, yes. I will own this pen.  This pen will own me.

I see it at JetPens for $137.50

I generally don’t read reviews before buying/trying new pens and inks. I’ve not read this review from Fountain Pen Network, but I hope it’s good!