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Brand New Six Pennonia Colors available NOW

Pennonia Csontváry-kék (Csontváry’s Blue)

Pennonia Csontvary-kek Ink Swatch
Pennonia Csontvary-kek Ink Swatch

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry was famous Hungarian painter. He had an eccentric personality not understood by his contemporaries. His works were universally recognized only after his death.

Most of his works can be categorized under expressionism or post-impressionism but truly they were neither. I invite you to have a look at some of his magnificent paintings using the power of a Google search.

Csontváry used magnificent blues in his works and this ink is dedicated to him out of gratitude and respect for the awe and emotions his paintings have evoked when viewing them.

Pennonia Rézvörös (Copper)

Pennonia Rezvoros Ink Swatch
Pennonia Rezvoros Ink Swatch

Unlike the previous ink, unfortunately I think I will disappoint you as there isn’t really a backstory behind the name of this ink.

It was still hard to find a good name for it as it’s pinkish, reddish, orange ink and I have to admit, finding a good name for them is harder than actually making ink 😂

This ink is water-resistant!

Pennonia Zöldike (Greenfinch)

Pennonia Zoldike Ink Swatch
Pennonia Zoldike Ink Swatch

This name was inspired by the humble, beautiful Greenfinch which unfortunately is a threatened species in Hungary. I used to hear them sing a lot back in my childhood but unfortunately it was so long ago that I can’t remember when it was the last time!

For me personally, preserving nature and wildlife is an important issue and I try to do my own part so that my children and grandchildren will also be able to hear a Zöldike sing one day in our gardens.

Pennonia Mustvörös (Must, also known as Young Wine)

Pennonia Mustvoros ink swatch
Pennonia Mustvoros ink swatch

So technically this ink is a must-try for everyone! 😉 (sorry for the bad pun)

This ink actually got inspired from my childhood. For literally half of my current life I have lived with my grandparents and my granddad used to always make wine from the grapes he had all over the yard.

Well those wines were taken out of the ground last week after being there for over 30 years as we are completely redoing the yard. So on hand, I chose this color so I can remember the good old days (nostalgia is one hell of a drug, and you get addicted the more older you get) and also because must is really really really tasty! Even if you don’t try the ink, you must try must!

Pennonia Gesztenyebarna (Chestnut Brown)

Pennonia Gesztenyebarna Ink Swatch
Pennonia Gesztenyebarna Ink Swatch

Again…nostalgia, longing for the old days. Admitedly this brown could’ve have been called quite a lot of things. I chose chestnuts specifically for two reasons:

  1. When we were kids we used to collect chestnuts for fun when they were in season (like sacks of them) and we’d race who can throw them the furthest or make dolls out of them using match-sticks! Good fun!
  2. My sweet hometown of Nagykároly has a beautiful avenue with enormous chestnut trees which are really beautiful when they are bloom.

Pennonia Gödényzöld (Pelican Green)

Pennonia Godenyzold Ink Swatch
Pennonia Godenyzold Ink Swatch

Ooookay. I really wanted to name this ink using the synonym for “gödény” in Hungarian but I don’t know if I’m allowed. I’m a huge Pelikan fan/collector and this ink is THE ink that I will now use in my trusty green striped M1000 probably for the rest of my life! 😂

There’s really no backstory, I wanted an ink to match my M1000. 🤷‍♂️

Can I get away with calling it Pelikánzöld? Maybe, but Gödény is such a unique word and well, I am Hungarian and the language, customs etc. play a big role in choosing a name. So I’m going with Gödényzöld and as always, sorry to non-Hungarians, you must hate to pronounce all these weird words! 😅

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How (not) to restore engraved letters on pens?

First, let’s see what you came here for and if you’re interested in my ramblings they are marked with italics at each step.

WARNING: Do this at your own risk, you may damage your pen in the process.

The tools you will need:

  • White Oil Pastel (this is going to be the new paint filling)
  • Microfiber cloth (to clean off the pen)
  • Sewing needle (to remove the original paint filling from the engraving)
  • Paint brush (to clean the original paint filling as you are removing it from the engraving)
  • Jeweler’s Loupe (to actually see what you are doing – I used a Schweizer Tech-Line x10)
  • Optional: Macro photo camera (to have an even better look and to record your progress)

The too long; didn’t read version is:

  • Step 1: Identify the problem
  • Step 2: Remove the old filling
  • Step 3: Apply new filling
  • Step 4: Profit?
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Inktober and INK SALE until October 7th at 23:59 (UTC+1)

In honor of Inktober we are having a one week sale on most of our inks! 😀 Just on to our homepage where you can see all of the current deals or feel free to browse the categories.

If you don’t know what Inktober is then check out the official website here, or if you don’t want to click away I’ll quote it here for you! 😉

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

ANYONE CAN DO INKTOBER,

JUST PICK UP A PEN AND START DRAWING.

This year we decided to feature ink splashes instead of drawings but we do try to choose a color that at least relates to the theme of the day! 😀

Be sure to follow us on Instagram where we’ll post every day during the Inktober Event 😀

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3FSHiaiDD7
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Organizing the Pelikan Hub – Budapest 2019

This year’s hub is going to be really special because it’s the first year where I’m going to be the Hub Master in Budapest! 😀 However that’s not the only thing that makes this year’s Hub such an important date. Exactly one year ago, I went to my first ever pen meet where I met awesome people and where technically Pennonia became “known”. Yay!

I still remember I was really anxious and excited, I just had to move to Budapest two months after I officially launched the website. Things were a bit hectic, I was struggling to upload a bajillion products, I was also working on my first inks. I actually took these inks to the Hub and gave them away as gifts for everyone.

Last year’s Hub was organized by Daniel, a local fountain pen enthusiast and really the supporting pillar of the fountain pen community in Budapest because he is the one who organizes the monthly pen meets and I think I speak for all when I say, the local FP community wouldn’t be where it is now if not for him. So thanks Dani!

It was actually Dani who encouraged me to take up the mantle this year for the Hub and it was something that I have gladly accepted! 😀 I’m a pretty huge Pelikan fan with a decent collection, so the brand stands close to my heart and you can bet I was happy when I was selected to be this year’s Hub Master.

In 2019 Pelikan released the Star Ruby ink and the special edition M205 that goes with it.

If things work out I might actually have the chance to take the new M205 to the Hub to show it to everyone. Naturally a bottle of Edelstein Star Ruby goes to everyone courtesy of Pelikan.

But we’re not here to talk about Star Ruby, so let’s move on to…

Finding the right place

You might wonder, what actually does a Hub Master need to do in the background to organize the Hub? Well it’s not really rocket science but I did have some trouble with it at first. Fortunately or unfortunately the Budapest Hub is rather small with this year clocking in at 15 participants. This means we can get away with reserving a table in a cafe or a restaurant instead of having to rent out a room or space somewhere.

The only headache it caused me was finding the right place. You would think Budapest has a lot of choices (and maybe I was just not good) but in reality, most cool cafes are too small to accommodate a group of 15 people at a big table. So I went to check out a couple of places and just when I thought I found the perfect one, it turns out that they literally have live concerts each evening…sooo the search continued. I found another cool place online and when I wanted to check it out they were on vacation for two weeks! Not wanting to risk it and to cut it close, I continued to look for the right place. I eventually found it and reserved a table.

If you want to check it out I can definitely recommend the place! It’s called Kelet Cafe, located between Moricz Zsigmond Korter and Szent Gellert Ter.

Extra goodies and how to improve the Hub experience

Naturally I have prepared something nice for this year’s Hub as well and I think a Hub Master should also take care of the guys who forgot to register so Pennonia will sponsor their Star Rubies so they won’t miss out on the fun. 😀

Some Hub Masters also e-mailed their local stationary shops in the hopes of getting sponsored goodies for the attendants, while others are preparing ink samples, paper samples etc.

Then there’s also the possibility to find a person who could be invited to talk about pen restoration, nib grinding, ink making and other interesting things related to the hobby. This year I tried to ask a local fountain pen restorer and he actually said that he will try to make it! 😀 So fingers crossed!

Last year Dani took us to one the coolest stationary shops (Bomo Art) so if you’re going to be a Hub master, that’s also a great choice to do! It was fun, interesting and we got to chat with the proprietor of the shop about both running a stationary business, as well as fountain pens and inks.

Final words

All in all I can’t wait to finally go to the Hub! I could also write a few more pages about being a Hub Master and I’m sure once my first Hub is over I will be able to write even more haha! So if you have any questions regarding it, just leave a comment below! 😀

I will definitely apply next year as well! While finding the right place was frustrating and took most of my attention, if the current place turns out to be good then next year I will put more attention towards improving the experience and making it a truly unique pen meet for all participants.

Naturally starting from this year, Pennonia will try to feature a Pelikan Hub sale if it’s possible.

I will also update the blog with photos and do a write-up of the whole experience and I also can’t wait to show you guys the surprise ink that I prepared for this year. 😀

I wish everyone a great Pelikan Hub!

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How to mix shimmer powders with inks

Hi guys! 😀

Ever wondered, how to make custom shimmer inks? Or how much shimmer should I put in an ink? Well in this blog post I’m going to do a mini tutorial-advice thingy where I’ll show you how to make your own custom shimmer inks from any ink you have at your disposal!

First thing’s first, you need some shimmer powders. It’s shameless self plugging time so click here to view the fountain pen ink shimmer powders available at Pennonia.

Now that you have shimmer powder and have chosen an ink to combine it with, you have basically two choices.

  1. Mix ink and shimmer powder in the bottle (don’t do it, NOT RECOMMENDED)
  2. Mix ink and shimmer powder in a separate container (this is the correct choice)

Okay so what you’ll need is some kind of container to put a small amount of ink into and then mix it with the shimmer powder. If you have plastic vials that’s an ideal choice, but anything will do, just don’t mix a whole bottle because once that shimmer powder is in that ink you will never get it out.

Take a tiny amount of shimmer powder and place it into the container. Use a syringe or a pipette to draw some ink and then add about 3-4 ml into the container (in my case the vial).

Put on the lid or cap and shake it properly until the powder is mixed well with the ink. Use a dip pen to check whether you like the result or not. Since you didn’t fill the container to the brim, you can still add more ink if you would like to reduce the effect of the shimmer.

Check out the gallery for some pictures of the process and the end result!

Azure Blue Shimmer - Waterman Mysterious Blue Shimmering ink
Azure Blue Shimmer – Waterman Mysterious Blue Shimmering Ink
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Fountain Pen Companion Interview

I have recently been invited by the lovely people 💖 (Ana, Urban and Daniel ) behind the Fountain Pen Companion podcast to appear on their show!

If you haven’t heard about the Fountain Pen Companion (FPC) then I would advise you to check out their website especially if you’re an inkaholic who has trouble keeping track of all their inks! Previously I have already written about the site in another blog post so be sure to check that out too!

If you’re curious about the inks I own you can see my list 👉 here!

You can listen to the whole podcast right on their webpage:
https://podcast.fpc.ink/episodes/episode-11-mate-from-pennonia

The main topics included:

I would like to thank all three of you guys for having me on your show! It was a new, fantastic and scary experience! 😂 Scary only because I was afraid that I’ll completely lock up as I was having a bit of a stage fright but looking back I had nothing to worry about! Next time I’ll already be a pro! 😎

Until next time! Sziasztok! 👋

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Colorverse Special Edition JOHANNES KEPLER

I received samples from Colorverse! 😀

The three special editions include: Planetary Motion, Somnium and Conjecture

The colors are great and I especially like Planetary Motion and Somnium. Both are really nice muted colors and I don’t think I have actually seen a green like Somnium before. Plantery Motion is also really good but the ink is a bit dry, flows well though and has awesome shading properties. Conjecture is smooth and not so muted compared to the other inks. The paper used to create these is Clairfontaine Clairmail 60g/m2.

Colorverse Planetary Motion
Colorverse Planetary Motion

Colorverse Somnium
Colorverse Somnium

Colorverse Conjecture
Colorverse Conjecture