Look out Toronto!

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Trouble is coming to town!

We hit our stretch goal for The Pen Addict Live 2018, so not only will we be recording live at the Atlanta Pen Show like we do every year, we will be heading to NYC and Toronto to cause trouble. Well, as much trouble as stationery nerds can cause.

You still have plenty of time to back this project to get in on all the rewards, which include videos, a new Nock Co. pen case design, and an amazing enamel pin set. You don't want to miss out on this one!

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Posted on February 9, 2018 and filed under Kickstarter.

DeAtramentis Louis XIV of France, Antique Pink: A Review

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

King Louis XIV of France was nothing if not a man of extravagance. He commissioned numerous portraits of himself, and had the Hall of Mirrors built at Versailles to commemorate his military victories.

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Photo by Susan Pigott

So, it seems fitting that DeAtramentis chose to name this flamboyant pink color after Louis XIV.

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Louis XIV of France (also called “antique pink”), is a lovely shade of pink. It’s not a subtle pink (just as Louis XIV was not a subtle king); rather, it is bright and cheery, much like pink roses.

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I tested the ink using my Platinum Century 3776 with a fine nib. Platinum nibs are much finer than Western ones, so essentially the lines are like an extra fine. With such a fine line, you wouldn’t expect to find shading, and I didn’t. But the ink flowed well and had reasonable dry times. You can really see the rich color in the swab. The ink is not waterproof.

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Chromatography demonstrates that this ink has little more than pink and dark pink in its composition.

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I compared DeAtramentis Louis XIV pink with a few other pink inks I had on hand (I am clearly not a pink person, because I struggled to find four!). Each shade is rather unique, especially J. Herbin’s Rouille d’Ancre, which reminds me of well-worn ballet shoes.

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Using my ruling pen, I wrote some nice big letters (with fabulous curlicues befitting King Louis). You can definitely see some shading using this large nib, though the ink doesn’t have any sheen.

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King Louis of France ink is a good choice for anyone who wants a shade that is unabashedly pink. This would make a terrific Valentine’s Day ink. You can get a 35ml bottle from Vanness Pens for $14.00.


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Posted on February 9, 2018 and filed under DeAtramentis, Ink Reviews.