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The Fountain Pen Companion

Drop - The Fountain Pen Companion

Starting with this entry I would like to introduce a new type of post to the blog called a “drop”. These little short posts will be about things I find on the internet or thoughts related to fountain pens and inks. There is so much info to share with everyone on fountain pens and usually the small circle of enthusiasts already know most of it. However as I browse the forums I always see newcomers asking and looking for info. Hopefully posts similar to this one will make it easier for others to find neat things around the internet related to fountain pens or will include useful information that can help both new and more experienced fountain pen users alike.

Now the first drop I want to drop onto you is about a database. I was recently recommended to check out a site called “The Fountain Pen Companion” by another fountain pen enthusiast I met in Budapest and it’s an awesome service I think everyone should know about. If you don’t know what “The Fountain Pen Companion” (from hereon FPC) is, then let me feel you in. 😀

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New VS Old Parker Blue-Black

Some of you may have already heard this but I thought it’s a good thing to know nonetheless. Parker recently updated their lineup of pens and inks. This means that ink swabs around the internet no longer represent what you might get in the store. Luckily it’s fairly easy to tell the new ink apart from the old one because the boxes have been redesigned.

As you can see from the pictures, the old Parker Quink Blue Black had a green/teal color while the new formulation this time around is actually blue instead of green, however I wouldn’t necessarily call the new color a blue-black. So until the old stock clears from all retailers you might end up with the old bottle or vice versa, you might want to get the old teal colored Blue-Black but you’ll end up with the new formulation.

LEFT: Old / RIGHT: New

It’s also interesting to note that Parker and Waterman share the same parent company and if you look at it closely the new Parker Blue-Black looks suspiciously similar to the Waterman Mysterious Blue. I’ll post the two ink swabs side by side and I’ll let you decide whether they are the same inks or not.

We also had a conversation about this over at The Fountain Pen Network, if you’re interested to see what others think, you can also check out the thread here. I’d still love to hear your thoughts in the old and new Parker Blue-Blacks. Which do you like better? Is the new Parker the same as the Waterman Mysterious Blue?

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Ink Swatches – Rohrer & Klingner

Rohrer and Klingner ink swatches

In today’s post I’d like to show you all the colors available in the standard line of inks from the famous Rohrer & Klingner as well as their Dokumentus line which adheres to the ISO 12757-2 standard which means they are certified , resistant to ethanol, hydrochloric acid, ammonia, bleach , water (obviously), erasure and are lightfast.

There’s also another standard, ISO 14145-2 which some other manufacturers use like Montblanc.

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Pennonia Tintenbuch – Ink Swabbing Book


Hi! Today I’m going to present the Pennonia Tintenbuch. It is an ink swabbing book that will help you view the colors in your ink collection, you’ll be able to organize and compare your inks as you see fit. Our American readers are more than likely already familiar with a similar product called the Col-o-Ring created by The Well Appointed Desk. The Tintenbuch was created to fulfill my personal need to have a similar product at my disposal. I’m an avid pen enthusiast with a huge ink collection and I’ve been longing for a similar product like this ever since I saw my first ink swatch card. The problem and was that it is simply too expensive to buy products from the US when you are located in Europe. Not only is shipping expensive, but you will have to pay customs tax and VAT as well. If you’re also like me who lives in a small town you’ll also need to travel to the nearest customs office (which is 30 km from me). That’s basically why the Pennonia and the Tintenbuch exists.

So to sum it up, the Pennonia Tintenbuch is an ink swabbing book for us in Europe so we can also enjoy and organize our inks into neat little color swatches. Without further ado, let’s jump into the presentation!

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Review – Pelikan Souveran M805 Ocean Swirl Fountain Pen

Pelikan Ocean Swirl Pennonia Souveran M805

Hi and welcome to the review of the Pelikan Souveran M805 Ocean Swirl with an Medium nib. Everybody has probably heard about Pelikan pens since they are one of the oldest pen manufacturers in Europe and probably the whole world. Pelikan is known for its use of high quality materials and great craftsmanship. It’s one of the few companies which still uses cellulose acetate to create the pens not opting to change to newer plastics. The use of precious metals, cellulose, high quality plastics as well their piston filling system is a part why Pelikan pens command a premium price. Let’s dive into the review shall we!

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Welcome to Pennonia!

Welcome to Pennonia, Fountain pens in Europe

Hello and welcome to Pennonia!

European fountain pensMy name is Mate Bikfalvi but just call me Matt to make things easy. My name is Hungarian so it’s a bit complicated to spell it in English in order to get the pronunciation right. I just want to write a few words to let everyone know what Pennonia is, who am I, what is the purpose of this blog; basically a general overview and presentation. Without further ado, let’s start!

Pennonia first is an online web store that sells fountain pens, inks, paper and other fountain pen related goods but secondly it’s also a blog dedicated to all things related to fountain pens and the world of fountain pens. Posts on the blog will include reviews, photo galleries, fountain pen news, news about Pennonia, about products but my goal is to also do a series of posts that try to answer questions that come up in this hobby. I don’t claim to be an expert and I’ll probably never will, but I will try to help and post useful information whenever I can!

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