INK REVIEW: Toucan Crimson



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Last year, I participated in a group buy for Toucan inks. The brand is Australian and the inks are formulated so that they may be mixed with one another without concern. I posted about the entire experience here. While it was a good experience and everything went great with the group buy, I’ve not been thrilled with the inks. Here’s a link to my review of Toucan Violet.

My chief complaint is that the inks seem watery. Not just low saturation of color, but thin and . . . watery.

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Along with the above issue, there doesn’t seem to be much lubrication to the ink. I tested using a Lamy Safari (my pen of choice for new inks) and it felt like I had to push, pull, and drag the pen along to get things going.

And then there’s the color – crimson? No.

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Very little water resistance.

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 1.41.25 PMWhile poking around for other reviews, I discovered that Anderson Pens is selling Toucan inks by the pouch (how I bought them) and in sample sizes. (Their swabs look totally different than mine.)

I’ve tried a couple other inks from Toucan and will post about those in the next few months – I’m happy to say that the news isn’t all bad.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I’d love to hear about your experiences with the Toucan line.


INK REVIEW: Toucan Violet

Last week, I talked about the Toucan Group Buy over on FPN.  In case you missed it, you can see it right here.
Anticipa-a-a-a-tion.  (Remember those ketchup commercials?)
I was a little concerned when I swabbed this ink. It felt watery. Thin. And you can see that there isn’t much saturation with the color. I’ve used both of the swab cards extensively (over 350 times for the Word Cards on the left) and it is a rare ink that nearly bleeds through. Toucan Violet is one of those rare inks.
Let’s take a closer look . . . 

Smear testing . . .

Water testing . . .

I wrote with Toucan Violet as part of my regular rotation for a week or so. Whenever there’s time (as if I’m on a tight publication schedule – ha), I like to spend at least a few days with a new ink – just to make sure.

Bottom line . . . I’m sure I don’t love it. I’m not sure I like it well enough to take up space in my ink drawer. Yikes.

Have you tried the Toucan inks? I love the concept – I just hope the next one I try goes a bit better than Violet.

PEN REVIEW: Edison Nouveau Premiere – Summer 2014

As soon as the mail carrier knocked quietly on the door (she doesn’t want to disturb the dogs…haha), I jumped up because I knew what was going to be on the porch waiting for me.

Days before, I’d seen the preview and knew I was going to own this pen – the Edison Nouveau Premiere – Caribbean Sea (Summer Edition 2014).

I have its Cherry Blossom – Spring 2014 sister. And I practically squealed when I saw the color of the Caribbean Sea.

Anyway . . . what I didn’t know was that within a few days of learning about this pen (a Goulet Pens exclusive from Edison Pen Co.), I’d have a note from Rachel Goulet – yes, the Rachel Goulet!!! – asking if I’d review some items for them from time to time and in exchange I’d get to keep the items. Are you kidding? Of course I will! I love what they’re doing over at Goulet Pens and how they’re doing it. I’m a frequent customer and huge fan. I’m seriously honored that they would ask me (just don’t tell them that I probably would have bought this pen anyway, ok?)

So..that’s the disclaimer, I received this pen at no charge to me and I’m being totally honest about what I think of it.

I love it.

The name of this pen is perfect – Caribbean Sea. The color is a gorgeous blue-green with lots of depth, swirls, and sheens. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it from different angles, in different light, on different surfaces. If you like the way it looks in my (very amateur) pictures, you’ll love the way it looks in person – seriously.

The shape of the Premiere is . . . interesting. It has the pointiest cap ever. In fact, I challenge you to find a pen with a more pointy cap.

I love that the section (the part you grip) is contoured and there is no steep drop-off between it and the body of the pen. It’s very comfortable in the hand.

The cap can be posted, but I’m finding that I like writing with it unposted better. It’s definitely not a weight issue – more that the pen is longer than average when posted and that may take some getting used to.

Of course, looks are only part of the equation when it comes to fountain pens.  How does it write?

I’m going to pat myself on the back for choosing the perfect color to go with this pen: Toucan Bright Blue. (More on Toucan inks coming soon.)

Here are some scanned handwriting samples. Click here to see the full-sized handwritten review.

Someone on Instagram asked me how the nib compared with the nib of a Lamy Safari. My answer is that the Edison Nouveau is more buttery smooth than the Lamy Safari. Some people like a little feedback when writing and others like a super duper smooth experience.

I’d say that the flow is a bit wet – but I like that. This nib is a medium, by the way.

I just checked and the Carribean Sea is sold out.  I’m pretty sure it will be back in stock, though – summer has just begun!

OK, that’s that. What do you think?  Did you order this one as soon as it came out? Will you be waiting for it to come back into stock?  And…do you match your ink to your pen colors?

I’ll be back later this week with an ink review!


Edited to Add:  It’s in stock – get it here!

Toucan Group Buy

I hadn’t heard of Toucan inks before I saw the news of a group buy over on FPN, but I was definitely intrigued.  Ink in a bag instead of a bottle? Say what?

First, I’ll apologize for the quality of some of these images – not my best work. Maybe my hands were shaking with excitement 😉

I ordered 16 different ink colors, 30 ml each, for a grand total of around $52 + $13 for shipping. The inks came from Australia and the seller was offering to ship the bulk order to a member of FPN who would then split the orders and ship from her home (that was the $13 part). Minimalist packaging for the win!

The whole thing could not have gone more beautifully from my perspective. My inks arrived sealed (from the seller) in a big bag. Each individual ink had tape placed around the screw top and was in it own individual baggy.  I have no drips, spills, or other damages to report.

I have no idea what the kind of seal below is called, but it was a “break-the-seal” deal to open.

I was definitely a little nervous to start pouring into the bottle.  (This is an empty Noodler’s 30ml bottle.)

Someone on Instagram said that milk and wine come packaged like this in Canada.  I’m thinking I need to travel more.

Not a single drop spilled! Yaay!

I’ve been asked a good number of questions about these bags . . .

…The opening is too small to dip a pen – and even if it wasn’t, you’d have to be mighty brave to try it
…I think it would be possible to draw the ink out with a syringe or pipette if you’re super-careful
…The cap can be placed back on the bag – I have no idea how well it seals
…I’d buy like this all.the.time – the savings on shipping and packaging make it an easy decision for me
…the group buy is over, but you can find these inks from JustWrite in Australia

I’ll be back with reviews of some of the inks soon!