Sailor Jentle Ink Kin-Mokusei: A Review

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

Kinmokusei is a small shrub known as Orange Osmanthus (Tea Olive) in the United States. The plant boasts beautiful, fragrant, orange flowers that bloom in the fall. Sailor’s ink captures the flowers’ color perfectly.

Kin-Mokusei ink is supposed to be a re-release of the beloved Sailor Jentle Apricot that has been out of production for some time. Since I don’t have any Sailor Apricot, I can’t compare the two to see if they are exactly the same. Regardless, Kin-Mokusei is a beautiful ink in its own right.

The ink is a vibrant orange with significant pink tones and a bit of yellow, as demonstrated in the chromatography.

It offers excellent shading properties, especially in wide nibs.

Like other Sailor Jentle inks, you will notice a slight odor, but it is not pronounced (nothing as strong as the KWZ inks). It is wet, and on smooth paper takes a good amount of time to dry. It is not waterproof.

The ink exhibits a tiny bit of pink sheen, as you can see in these ink spots.

Kin-Mokusei is a true orange, with a vibrant hue that is unlike any of my other orange inks. I expected Iroshizuku Yu-Yake and Kin Mokusei to be an exact match, but they aren’t. Yu-Yake is much less vibrant. Diamine Autumn Oak and Pelikan Amber aren’t close matches either.

Kin-Mokusei is a perfect ink for autumn. You can order this limited-edition ink from Vanness Pens for $18.00. It’s currently sold out, but they’ve got more on the way. You can sign up for email notification when it’s in stock. Obviously, this is already a very popular color. If you like this ink, order several bottles!

(This ink was purchased at full price with my own funds from Vanness Pens.)

Posted on October 21, 2016 and filed under Sailor, Ink Reviews.

Morning Glory Mach Campus Rollerball 0.28 mm Review

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to thread a needle with a pen, the Morning Glory Mach Campus Rollerball should do the trick. This is by far the finest point I have ever used on a rollerball pen, and it writes beautifully.

The teeny rollerball is set into a metal needlepoint tip. I literally own sewing needles that are not this sharp. I expected a bit of scratchy feedback from such a tip, but the writing experience is surprisingly smooth and pleasant. The ink flows without skipping. If I didn't know better, I'd assume it was a gel pen--but with ink that dries faster and is more resistant to smudging.

The pen body is lightweight clear plastic with some fun, decorative barrel designs. The cap snaps shut with a satisfying click--and it also click-snaps in place to post (heart eyes). It has a nicely springy metal clip, but it's anchored in plastic and looks likely to snap off if it's pushed too far.

The grip is lightly textured clear plastic, which allows for a fun view of the feed. The color of the grip section (which is visible through the clear plastic cap) indicates the pen's ink color. They only come in red, blue, and black ink--perfectly practical, but a bit of a bummer. I'd buy a rainbow set of these in a heartbeat. To get multiple colors in this brand you'd have to bump up to the .38 mm tip. Its direct competitor is probably the Hi-Tec-C gel pen, which is considerably more expensive (more than a dollar more per pen--though definitely worth the price).

I think they're great for writing in small spaces or on thin paper that may not handle broad lines or runny inks. They'd be fantastic for office use or detailed sketching--or for writing notes that are meant to have been left by the tooth fairy. I'll definitely get good use out of these, though I still prefer the Hi-Tec-C. If you love a needlepoint pen but prefer rollerball to gel ink, however, this may be just the product you've been waiting for.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

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Posted on October 20, 2016 and filed under Morning Glory, Pen Reviews.

The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode #227 - Myke Was Indeed Right

We have liftoff.

And by liftoff, I mean Myke's blood pressure, and ego - all in good fun of course! Lots to cover on this one so jump on in.

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Posted on October 19, 2016 and filed under Podcast.

Delfonics Rollbahn Vertical Pocket Memo Book Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

Top-bound spiral notebooks are certainly less common as the traditional side-bound notebook, but there's a lot to be said for the vertical format. While it's not "the standard," it has a lot of advantages. My favorite advantage is that the binding is never in my way. The only problem seems to be that there are significantly fewer options if you want a top-bound notebook. And, this notebook that I'm about to review and recommend can be even more difficult to find. But, if you happen across one, you should pick it up and give it a try.

The Delfonics Rollbahn line of notebooks was new to me before I received this notebook. Given the name and the German slogans on the front cover, you might assume that it's made in Germany, but that would be incorrect. Delfonics come from Japan, and they feature the quality and durability that we have come to expect from their stationery exports.

The particular notebook that I have (and can't get enough of) is the Rollbahn Vertical Pocket Memo book. It's top-bound with a dual spiral that is one of the most sturdy spiral bound books I've had the pleasure of using. This particular size is 105 x 155 mm (4.13 x 6.1 inches) with 120 pages of 5mm graph ruling on smooth cream paper. The front cover is a bright orange and is reasonably thick, while the back cover is a thick cardstock with an elastic band to keep the notebook closed. It's sturdy, and it's pocketable.

Apart from the branding on the front of the notebook, there's nothing else apart from a small "Delfonics" embossed on the back. Branding is minimal, and that plays well with the overall aesthetic of the book. The color of the front color is very close to the shade of orange on the Lamy Pico I reviewed a few weeks back. It's florescent orange, and it's awesome.

The pages are all perforated and come out easily without crooked tears. One interesting thing is the back of the notebook has 5 clear plastic pockets that are the same size as the notebook. They can hold pages that you've torn out, or anything else that will fit. It's a useful feature for such a small book.

Once you get past the visual aspects of the notebook, all that's left is the paper quality, which is excellent. This is on par with most of the Japanese paper I've used in that it's soft, smooth, and handles fountain pens extremely well. In my testing, only wider nibs result in small amounts of feathering and show-through. With most pens, you'll be able to use both sides of the page. The graph is a good size and the graph lines are subtle enough to stay out of your way if you don't need them.

Overall, I've really enjoyed this notebook. It's a great size, easy to use in the palm of my hand (due to the stiff back cover), and has excellent paper inside.

There is one major drawback, however. These notebooks are difficult to find (in the US, at least). The Delfonics site is in Japanese, and there are a few one-off retailers in the US that sell a couple of the Rollbahn notebooks, and there are a handful on Amazon. If we're lucky, more US retailers might start carrying this great brand. If you're in a region of the world where Delfonics are easy to get, congratulations! Give them a try the next time you see them. As for me, I'll be looking for a US retail option that stocks these wonderful books.

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Posted on October 19, 2016 and filed under Delfonics, Notebook Reviews.