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ANNOUNCEMENT: Pennonia entered the Colorverse!

Colorverse Ink No.1 Sunspot (65ml + 15ml)

That’s right! We took our inter-dimensional moped and switched to a happier and more colorful universe! As of today Colorverse inks are available at Pennonia! 😀

For those who don’t know, Colorverse is a South Korean ink maker who is not only distinguished by their wide and unique variety of colors they also focus on delivering a premium experience to fountain pen users from the look and feel of their bottle designs all the way to how their inks write and behave in your beloved pens.

You can check their inks out here.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT: It’s Over!

It’s finally over! 1085 products later and I have finally finished uploading all* the products I can offer. It took a long time but this was a really great task that had to be done and which took up a lot of time.

I can now focus on making product photos, scanning and editing, writing copy so it’s not just generic stuff, create blog posts, keep the stock status for those products up to date. 😀 It’s still a huge job but hopefully it will be done one day.

 

* well almost, but the main stuff is online

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Pennonia Inks Available

Hello everyone!

I’m happy to announce that our own store brand inks are available! 😀 It has been long in the works but they are finally here! There are a total of 11 colors available with plans to include a purple color in our line-up soon.

FAQ:

1. Why did you choose to use Hungarian names?
A. You may have read my first ever blog post. Pennonia is derived from Pannonia, the geographical region where Hungary is located. I wanted to pay homage to my Hungarian heritage and nationality.

2. Why did you choose these specific colors?
A. Quite honestly, personal preference. I also wanted to cover all the main colors so there would be more choice than a blue and a black ink.

3. Will there be more colors and new colors in future?
A. The short answer is yes. The long answer is: probably. Depending on how popular things get I’ll consider introducing more new and maybe even wacky colors or even taking out existing colors! All I know is that I don’t want to go crazy and have a bajilion of them. My goal is not to be the next ink vendor who has 100+ colors. I want to stick to a core set of colors for the time being and maybe introduce a new color a year, or do limited editions. I know some might not agree with me on this but I’m a simple guy, I want my stuff to be simple too.

4. Okay okay, so did you make these inks on your own?
A. Ink making has become quite popular with brands popping up like crazy over the last few months and I knew that if I’m going to start a fountain pen business then I will want to have my branded merchandise in it. I already have my ink swatch book (which btw I’m going to update in the near future based on customer feedback! 😀 ) so ink was the next step. Unfortunately I’m not a chemist so I didn’t create the inks myself, instead I contracted the ink making out to professionals in Europe who do know what they are doing. They have been very helpful and supportive and I can’t thank them enough for making Pennonia inks a reality.

5. I have a question but it’s not in the FAQ, what’s up?
A. Shoot me an e-mail and I’ll answer your questions as soon as possible! 😀

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Standardgraph inks are available at Pennonia

Hello everyone! It’s my great pleasure to announce that Standardgraph fountain pen inks are available at Pennonia!

If you haven’t heard about them here’s a quick overview: Standardgraph Zeichentechnik GmbH is a German stationery company with a huge range of products that fulfill all of your stationary needs. It’s not a surprise then that they have their own line of standard, glittering and dip pen (China) inks available.

They have been in the in game for some time now but they are not as popular as their other German counterparts like Kaweco, Pelikan or Rohrer & Klingner. They have a wide assortment of colors available and their inks are great and have quite a few unique colors. Most of the inks are also really wet. The bottles are made out of glass and contain 30 ml fountain pen blood…I mean ink! The bottle itself is shaped like the standard Pelikan 4001 bottles so you’ll already be familiar with it but unlike the Pelikans these bottles come with a metal cap. Down below you’ll find the list of currently available inks or you can also click this link to view them on a separate page!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Worldwide Shipping Available

Great news everybody! Shipping is now available worldwide at Pennonia 😀 You can finally register and order from us from wherever you may be.

What’s a bit of a problem though is that it costs 30€ outside of the European Union. This was the reason why it was first limited to countries within the EU as the price will probably scare away 99% of all customers. What’s disappointing is that there is nothing we can do about it since the Romanian Post won’t even start negotiating unless we ship out a few hundred packets a month. We’re also against hiding the price of shipping in the price of the products themselves.

I guess this has to be filed as one of the hardships of starting a new company.

 

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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
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ANNOUNCEMENT: New and discontinued Kaweco products!

Hello everyone! There are a few changes in our Kaweco line-up. As of today, the prices of the Sport series are harmonized and the EF and BB nibs no longer cost more than the standard F, M and B ones. Some products became available while others are discontinued and are available for purchase until the stock of our distributor allows it. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. Check out the list below to say what’s new, or scroll down ever further if you prefer to browse with pictures!

What’s new:

Kaweco CLASSIC SPORT Navy

Kaweco FROSTED SPORT Light Blueberry
Kaweco FROSTED SPORT Sweet Banana
Kaweco FROSTED SPORT Natural Coconut
Kaweco FROSTED SPORT Fine Lime
Kaweco FROSTED SPORT Soft Mandarine
Kaweco FROSTED SPORT Blush Pitaya

Kaweco SKYLINE SPORT Fox

Kaweco AL SPORT Deep Red
Kaweco AL SPORT Rose Gold

Discontinued:

Kaweco CLASSIC SPORT Transparent
Kaweco CLASSIC SPORT Blue

Kaweco ICE SPORT Green
Kaweco ICE SPORT Red
Kaweco ICE SPORT Orange
Kaweco ICE SPORT Yellow
Kaweco ICE SPORT Blue
Kaweco ICE SPORT Pink

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Ink Review #4: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine

Pelikan Edelstein - Ink Review

Hello everyone! Here we are, another week and another ink review! This week’s choice is the Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink of the Year 2018. It’s available in limited quantities since we’re already in 2019 so get yours from your favorite retail outlet if you like what you see in the review. 😀

Before we continue I just want to give a shout out to the Fountain Pen Companion! Thanks to this nifty website it’s really easy to track your inks, participate in leaderboards and share your collection with others! 😀 If anyone wants to have a look at mine, you can see check it out here.

If you would like me to do a review of one of the inks from my collection let me know in the comments below, on the PenAddict Slack on reddit or through e-mail. 😉

If you’re interested in the review process please check out this blog post. I’ve written it down in detail. Reviews in the future might have updated methodology but I’ll let anyone know if anything changes! 😉

1. Introduction and personal thoughts

Pelikan is one of the oldest fountain pen and ink manufacturers in Europe and they are known worldwide for giving us reliable writing instruments and inks alike. In this part of the world one of the most popular inks is made by Pelikan, the 4001 Royal Blue.

Now you may or may not have known that Pelikan also has a line of premium inks called “Edelstein” which translates to “gemstone” or “jewel” (or “drágakő” in Hungarian 😉 ). Of course each ink is named after a precious stone/mineral from which the ink derives it’s color from. In total there are 16 colors available, with the original 8 standard colors and 8 Ink of the Year colors. Later on Pelikan announced that they’ll include Aquamarine and more recently Garnet in their standard line-up.

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Ink Review #3: Diamine Oxford Blue

Diamine Oxford Blue - Ink Review

Greetings! 😀 I have another ink review ready and this time my choice fell upon Diamine Oxford Blue! This ink has of course been reviewed by a lot of people already but I thought I would share my thoughts on this one because it was the second ink I bought from Diamine back when I was getting into the hobby. 🙂 (The first was Diamine Sapphire Blue which I’ll definitely cover in a couple of weeks).

Before we continue I just want to give a shout out to the Fountain Pen Companion! Thanks to this nifty website it’s really easy to track your inks, participate in leaderboards and share your collection with others! 😀 If anyone wants to have a look at mine, you can see check it out here.

If you would like me to do a review of one of the inks from my collection let me know in the comments below, on the PenAddict Slack on reddit or through e-mail. 😉

If you’re interested in the review process please check out this blog post. I’ve written it down in detail. Reviews in the future might have updated methodology but I’ll let anyone know if anything changes! 😉

1. Introduction and personal thoughts

Diamine is a UK 🇬🇧 based company which creates all kinds of inks for different purposes. They have been around since 1864 and thanks to this heritage I think we can safely deduce that they know a thing or two about how to make inks. They offer a large assortment of colors (over 100 actually) so it’s more than likely that they have a color you’ll like. They are also fairly inexpensive thus they are easily accessible to anyone, especially if you’re from Europe.

The ink is available in 30 ml plastic/glass bottles and 80 ml glass bottles. I myself have got one in the 30 ml bottle as anything bigger than 50 ml is a huge commitment (especially since I have enough ink already to last me a lifetime). Before moving onto the ink itself I would just like to praise how neat their 30 ml plastic bottles are since look great and can be placed nicely next to each other. The downside is that the mouth of the 30 ml plastic bottle is really small and a lot of pens might not fit through it. This won’t be so bad if you use converters or refill with a syringe but a piston filler will be impossible to fill with these bottles.

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Ink Review #2: Rohrer & Klingner Morinda

Rohrer and Klingner Morinda - Ink Review

Hello again everyone! 😀 I have another ink review ready and this time my choice fell upon Rohrer & Klingner Morinda! I’m a teacher so I have to use red a lot during my work and this ink has been my go to red ink for grading in the last couple of months. I’ve written with it on really terrible copy paper to some really nice paper as well like Rhodia, Leuchtturm1917, Piccolo Press.

If you’re interested in the review process please check out this blog post. I’ve written it down in detail.

1. Introduction and personal thoughts

Rohrer & Klingner is a German company and has been in the ink game for a century now. Their fountain pen inks are fairly well known in the fountain pen community so I’m sure most of you have already heard about them. They are of course also famous for their calligraphy and drawing inks however those are not suitable for fountain pen use and you should only ever use them with dip pens. Their standard line-up consists of 18 fountain pen inks, their Dokumentus permant ink line-up has 6 and their sketchINK has 10 nano-pigment fountain pen inks.

Before I start talking about Morinda I just want to mention my general experience with Rohrer & Klingner inks. The gist of it is that I find all of them to be really high quality…they’re also really wet inks. It’s up to you to decide whether that trait bothers you or not but for me it’s usually not a problem as it means I won’t have flow issues and I rarely write on paper that allows feathering. I honestly believe they make really good inks as I have never been disappointed by the color (looking at Diamine “Scarlet”) nor the way the inks write. Granted I have only tried out 11 out of the 18 so I might have a fluke when I get around to the last 7 but I doubt it.

Sorry for dragging this on, I’ll talk about the ink now! 😉 So, Rohrer & Klingner Morinda. The ink comes in a 50 ml glass bottle with a really nice looking label and a tin cap to keep the ink from spilling (although I have seen their standard line-up with plastic caps). It doesn’t have a funky smell like some Diamine and Sailor inks do. What I find really nice and interesting is the color of this ink and how it looks under different lighting. I had a bad start with this ink when I first got it a couple years ago because when I inked my pen with it, it was after a long day’s work and it was already dark. So naturally I was in my room with my weak and warmed toned lights and when I wrote my first line I was really disappointed. 🙁 The ink appeared a brownish red to me and I remember saying out loud “This sucks!”. I wrote a couple of more lines, then put everything away and didn’t use it for the rest of the day. As I’m writing this review with the writing sample in front of me (it’s 6 PM at the moment) it looks exactly the same as I first saw it back then. However…

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