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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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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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ANNOUNCEMENT: Rohrer & Klingner SketchINKs are available at Pennonia

Rohrer & Klingner SketchINK

Good news everyone! These lovely inks are available from Pennonia as well starting from today. If you’re looking for permanent inks that don’t break the bank, are not iron gall and also have great colors then you found them. These can serve as alternatives to Rohrer & Klingner’s Dokumentus line which are basically the Bugattis of permanent inks with their ISO 12757-2 certification.

I’ll let Rohrer & Klingner describe their inks:

sketchINK® is a range of 10 inks for fountain pens. The broad range of colours offers outstanding versatility to its users. Not only can it be used on stylographs: sketchINK® can be used with quills or brushes as well. Moreover, it is exceptionally waterproof and lightfast. Nano pigments are used to enable an optimal ink flow. This makes sketchINK® perfect for drawing fine outlines, which take less time to dry and get ready to be painted over. For colouring, sketchINK® can be mixed with water to create brilliant highlights, making it the ideal companion for Urban Sketchers. Designers, graphic artists and architects will appreciate it as well.

Note that waterproof inks can cause clotting in fountain pens. To address this and for the daily care of your drawing equipment, we recommend that you clean your pens thoroughly after using the ink with either water or with a pen cleaning solution.

I did some glamour shots of these lovely bottles 😀 Check them out at the bottom 😉

What’s your favorite color out these? I’m personally in love with Marlene and Emma especially because I also love Alt-Goldgrun from them. Jule is also pretty interesting being a dull burgundy it feels like something you would expect from 100 year old ink to look like on some letter you found in grandma’s attic.

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REVIEW: Rohrer & Klingner Aubergine Limited 2018 (is available at Pennonia)

I’m happy to announce that the limited edition Rohrer & Klingner Aubergine fountain pen ink is available for sale at Pennonia! This year Rohrer & Klingner brought us a deep and dark purple color so that we can write our thoughts and notes down. Production is limited to about 2000 bottles worldwide so grab the limited color while stocks last!

It comes in a neat little paper roll and is also distinguished from the normal line up by a full color design of the label on the bottle.

Naturally I already tried out my own bottle and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the color of the ink. The inks flows and behaves just as good as any other Rohrer & Klingner does so no surprise there! I did try it out on numerous papers including Rhodia and Tomoe River 52 gsm and the ink does not sheen. Shading is also pretty limited, almost non-existent. As with almost all Rohrer & Klingner inks, Aubergine is also a bit more wet with less surface tension. This means that it flows easily out of the pen and I actually had trouble with this since if you combine a wet ink with a wet nib/feed then it will mean feathering. Usually Rhodia doesn’t feather but this ink has managed to do it.

You can also see this property in the ink swatch below as I used a dip pen to write the name of the ink on it and it clearly looks almost black while in reality if you use a normal pen with a standard nib size (i.e. Medium or below) you’ll probably get a really nice writing experience.

Rohrer & Klingner Aubergine Ink Swab
Rohrer & Klingner Aubergine Ink Swab

Here’s a writing test done on a Rhodia Dotpad 80 g/m2 (gsm) paper. The color of the ink in itself is beautiful. It’s not one of those highly saturated bright purples that you always see. It’s a really nice dark purple ink with nice shading and no sheen. I actually like that this ink doesn’t sheen because it’s normal color is really pleasant and I think it would detract from it.

I didn’t test dry times so unfortunately I can’t comment on that 🙁 . Sorry about that and I know it makes my review incomplete. On the other hand I did try a water resistance test and it’s not that great. If you’re looking for something that can withstand a spill, look elsewhere.

Check out the gallery below or head on to the product page for high resolution photos.

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We’re on Instagram! 😎📸

Our username is @pennonia.eu 😁

I finally managed to make an Instagram account and successfully connect it to our Facebook page. It turns out it is not as straightforward as one might think. I’ll write down the correct steps further in the post but first I want to talk a little bit about our account.

The reason it took so long to create an Instagram account is simply because life always gets in the way of things and it takes a lot of time to do something well. I have always known that as a business it is absolutely necessary to be on as many social networking platforms as possible and I’m working towards this one step at a time. In a couple of his videos Brian Goulet mentioned that social media and quality, helpful content is one of the best ways to get yourself known and without doubt I believe it since his Youtube videos are excellent and the reason why I personally found out about them when I first got into this hobby.

I’ll try to upload at least one picture a week and be active in general, so if you like cool pics of pens, inks and other pen related stuff, please check out our account!

Follow us on Instagram! We are @pennonia.eu

 

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