(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)
Callifolio is an ink brand I had never tried until now. L'Artisan Pastellier, the maker of these inks, is based in France and produces a variety of ink colors which you can buy in 40ml bottles or 50ml pouches. The ink meets the high standards for environmental safety and the colors represent natural pigments found in nature.
I received a sample of Callifolio Aurora along with an order of ink from Vanness Pens. Aurora is an unusual terracotta color. It is highly saturated, moderately wet, and exhibits good shading qualities. The ink is not waterproof.
Chromatography reveals colors ranging from sandy-brown, to pink, to red-orange, to dark brown. This is a complex color.
Ink splats show dark brown sheen that can also be seen with wide nibs.
With my oblique medium nib, I couldn’t detect sheen, but there is some shading.
I’ve decided that Callifolio Aurora is the perfect color for my Montblanc Rouge et Noir fountain pen. I love how unique this color is and how beautifully it writes. You can order it from Vanness Pens, $12.00 for a 40ml bottle, $8.00 for a 50ml pouch, or $2.00 for a 4ml sample.
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