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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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SALE! Herlitz Ivory Notebooks

Herlitz Ivory Giraffe

We are clearing out our stock of herlitz Ivory notebooks so grab them while they last! 😀

As the name implies, these feature ivory colored pages, high quality covers and materials were used in their making. The paper itself is thinner than most and it is a bit absorbent. This is good if you like shading and don’t really like sheen, however if you’re looking for a paper that offers the ability to have your ink sheen, then I’d suggest having a look at Leuchtturm1917.

Here are some photos to get convince you about the Ivory books 😉

Click here to go directly to the store and see all of the Ivory notebooks!

 

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Pennonia Tintenbuch – Ink Swabbing Book

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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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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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