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KWZ Inks are available at Pennonia!

I’m happy to announce that starting from today KWZ Inks are available at Pennonia! πŸ˜€ The plan was to meet Konrad and Agnieszka at the 2020 Poland Pen Show but the pandemic turned everything upside down. Nonetheless it didn’t stop us from starting a business relationship.

As a fountain pen enthusiast KWZ inks have been in my personal collection for a long time now. Having them available on the website is a great step towards growing Pennonia, making shopping more appealing but it also gives me personal satisfaction to know that I can carry such cool inks and support KWZ at it. It has always been my philosophy to only carry and/or stock up on something that I personally would stand behind, recommend and use myself.

I’m not going to mince any more words because I don’t like useless filler text so let’s end this post with some personal recommendations from their line-up. You can check out the inks that are in stock here or by navigating to them from the menu.

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Pennonia Inks – 15 new colors!

Hey everyone! I’ve been super busy working on the in-house inks and they finally came to fruition! πŸ˜€ It took a little bit more than half a year to get here and truth be told progress was slow…tooo slow. I feel like the bulk of the research that needed to be done is past me and I am confident that the inks high quality and safe to use even in the most expensive pens.

The Inks and the Colors

Currently there are 15 new colors available but I do plan to introduce more as my time permits.

The Bottles

As you can see from the cover photo as well, not only the colors are new. While the old bottles were beautiful I needed to switch because the post kept breaking +50% of the fancy bottles each time. Needless to say that’s unfair for both me and the glass maker to bear the cost of so I now source these bottles locally from Budapest. I opted for amber bottles both because they were visually more appealing than the clear versions but also because it protects the ink from light.

Next up the labels. The design completely changed. For once, the old logo got replaced with the new Hungarian runes version. “Handmade” got onto it as well since these are 100% made by me in my small home lab and as you can see the color of the ink is now drawn directly onto it and not printed on. It was hard to match the color of the ink on the label previously to what was in the bottle plus that was plastic, this is paper which can be completely washed away. The adhesive that holds it onto the bottle is also water soluble because it’s….wait for it…milk! Yeah you have read that right, I use milk to stick labels onto the bottles. It turns out it’s a popular adhesive in the homebrew beer scene for sticking labels on bottles.

This means that the bottles can be completely and easily cleaned and reused once the ink runs out. I’m even seriously considering offering a free bottle of ink in anyone’s next order for every ten they send back. Although this probably wouldn’t be worth it considering shipping costs but hey, if we ever meet at a pen show I’ll definitely trade in old bottles. I mean why waste when you can recycle?

Packaging

Finally one more thing. I now have boxes for the inks. Previously I haven’t thought about it and by the time I realized that I needed boxes for safer shipping I have already decided to switch bottles so it wasn’t worth paying for the custom tools required to cut out the boxes.

Why go with Pennonia inks?

I did a lot of testing with these inks and I feel they came out great, they are safe to use in fountain pens and I’m constantly trying to improve the formula and the preparation method to produce high quality inks! I also think some of the colors are unique but I do understand they might not satisfy the needs of all inkaholics who have moved past “standard” colors. They perform well, have decent water resistance too. I wouldn’t call them dry inks and I’m always open to feedback on how to improve them! So if you do get to try them and have any thoughts about them, let me know via e-mail or through Instagram!

Being a new player in the field I know the brand has to build up trust in the eyes of my intended audience. I was lucky enough to catch the eyes of the famous Nick Stewart who created swatch tests of the inks.

I will also attend the Pen Show Poland 2020 in Katowice this year so you can come up to table 19 and have a chat with me, try out the inks and see for yourself how they behave.

I was also lucky to catch the eye of @ink.o.holic and @by_stalowka who will soon receive samples of the inks so be sure to follow them! They will also be at the Pen Show Poland!

Pennonia inks are also available from MΕ±vΓ©szek Boltja in Budapest!

That’s not all! A world first is the ability to combine any ink color with any shimmer color out of our line up!

Closure

Thank you for sticking all the way to the end of this long post! I hope you get the chance to try out the inks and if you have any questions or feedback about them, don’t hesitate to let me know!

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Inktober and INK SALE until October 7th at 23:59 (UTC+1)

In honor of Inktober we are having a one week sale on most of our inks! πŸ˜€ Just on to our homepage where you can see all of the current deals or feel free to browse the categories.

If you don’t know what Inktober is then check out the official website here, or if you don’t want to click away I’ll quote it here for you! πŸ˜‰

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

ANYONE CAN DO INKTOBER,

JUST PICK UP A PEN AND START DRAWING.

This year we decided to feature ink splashes instead of drawings but we do try to choose a color that at least relates to the theme of the day! πŸ˜€

Be sure to follow us on Instagram where we’ll post every day during the Inktober Event πŸ˜€

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3FSHiaiDD7
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SALE: The new partnership sale until 16th August, 23:59 (UTC+1)

To celebrate our new partnership with DHL we decided to have a sale on select items now that we can finally take advantage of cheap international shipping. This means that inks are definitely on sale baby! πŸ˜€

The sale of course also includes pens and notebooks as well so head on over to the sales page or feel free to browse our catalogue.

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DHL as shipping partner – should’ve been the first choice from day one

I’m happy to announce that as of today DHL and Pennonia partnered up to offer fast, reliable delivery of your purchases with reasonable shipping prices.

Here’s what you need to know about the changes happening at Pennonia:

  1. We are dropping DPD as a choice for international deliveries. Only exception is Hungary.
  2. We are dropping Romanian Post and Hungarian Post for international deliveries.
  3. Domestic deliveries within Romania will be handled by FAN Courier.

We are on full DHL mode and I’m sure everyone will find this move convenient and comfortable (for yourself and your wallet as well). The main advantage after the lower cost is that deliveries will now be faster and can also be tracked more reliably and easily.

Please consult the FAQ here for shipping zones and rates.

I didn’t want to turn this post into a long one but I rarely get a chance to talk about starting up the business, plus I rarely have the time to post on the blog anyway, so things build up. If you’re not interested in my jibber-jabber and only came for the news part, then this is a great place to stop reading and starting to put that sweet pen/ink combo you were eyeing into the cart! πŸ˜›

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In search of the best paper for fountain pen use

Introduction

Hello everyone! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ˜€

I have some great news for you guys! As of today you can get shimmering powders in 18 different colors right here at Pennonia! πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ’– (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 πŸ‘‰ 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! πŸ˜‚ 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! πŸ‘‹

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Pennonia entered the Colorverse!

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! πŸ˜€

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.