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In search of the best paper for fountain pen use

Introduction

Hello everyone! 😀 This has been a long time coming but I finally managed to get around to it. So this idea came to me when I received a notepad from Colorverse that had Tomoe River Paper in it. That paper is regarded by many to be the best paper for fountain pen use and it produces the highest amount of sheen with inks out of all the papers. I thought to myself that there is surely paper better than Tomoe River floating around somewhere, I just need to find it. So I decided to go on a quest to find the best paper for fountain pen use!

As it turns out, there isn’t a paper (or I haven’t found it yet) that excels at everything. Nonetheless there are a couple of good papers out there that I can recommend for you guys to try out. I’m not going to babble on much longer so let’s start.

Or you can skip to the “Final Thoughts” section -> here

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Shimmer powders at Pennonia! Make your own shimmering ink!

Hi everyone! 😀

I have some great news for you guys! As of today you can get shimmering powders in 18 different colors right here at Pennonia! 😀 This means that you can turn your favorite ink into a shimmering, glistening version of itself!

Most ink makers while giving you an option to choose from a huge variety of ink colors in their shimmering line up, still limit the shimmering effect to silver or gold and maybe rarely another color that matches the ink. What’s great about being able to purchase shimmering powders separately is that you are in control of what color it should be and how much shimmer powder is actually in your 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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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! 😀

Swatches:

Products:

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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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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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Refocusing Pennonia in 2019

Pennonia is a very young venture since it “only” began in June of 2018. It was quite an eventful six months both in my life and in the development of Pennonia. I gained valuable experience on how to manage and run an online business and I thought I would give you guys an update on how things will change in the coming year…and I also wanted to say I’m still alive even if the blog and Instagram posts have stopped for a while.

When I first thought of Pennonia I wanted it to have as much content as possible in order to rival the offerings of more well known online retailers. To an extent I think I actually did quite good here because Pennonia currently has over 700 products listed and I still haven’t gotten around to upload Diamine inks, Platinum pens and inks. So this could grow even bigger easily. What I have learned though is that a small online retailer simply can’t compete or match giants like Appelboom, Fonto Plumo or Casa della Stilographica when it comes to variety of products offered. Every manufacturer has a bajilion pens with different colors and nib sizes and having everything in stock gets insanely expensive. Maintaining and updating availability of all of these products is also a huge undertaking and distributors don’t usually have everything in stock or don’t communicate with the retailers on what products are taken out of circulation and which new products are being introduced. (although if it were my company I would definitely create an API which retailers could use to verify stock levels)

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