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2020 Spring Sale – March 30th to April 13th

I am launching a sale on select inks brands:

There is also a 10% off coupon available for Kaweco pens which you can use at the checkout: KAWECO10

Due to the ongoing pandemic I had to disable delivery with Romania Post as they have stopped delivering to many countries and it’s not the safest to visit the post office. All deliveries will be handled through DHL Airmail.

Diamine (Standard), Platinum, Rohrer & Klingner (Standard & SketchINK) and Standardgraph inks are available until stocks last, unfortunately I can’t take backorders for them at the moment.

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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! 😀 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 Művészek 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! 😀 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! 😉

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! 😀

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

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How to mix shimmer powders with inks

Hi guys! 😀

Ever wondered, how to make custom shimmer inks? Or how much shimmer should I put in an ink? Well in this blog post I’m going to do a mini tutorial-advice thingy where I’ll show you how to make your own custom shimmer inks from any ink you have at your disposal!

First thing’s first, you need some shimmer powders. It’s shameless self plugging time so click here to view the fountain pen ink shimmer powders available at Pennonia.

Now that you have shimmer powder and have chosen an ink to combine it with, you have basically two choices.

  1. Mix ink and shimmer powder in the bottle (don’t do it, NOT RECOMMENDED)
  2. Mix ink and shimmer powder in a separate container (this is the correct choice)

Okay so what you’ll need is some kind of container to put a small amount of ink into and then mix it with the shimmer powder. If you have plastic vials that’s an ideal choice, but anything will do, just don’t mix a whole bottle because once that shimmer powder is in that ink you will never get it out.

Take a tiny amount of shimmer powder and place it into the container. Use a syringe or a pipette to draw some ink and then add about 3-4 ml into the container (in my case the vial).

Put on the lid or cap and shake it properly until the powder is mixed well with the ink. Use a dip pen to check whether you like the result or not. Since you didn’t fill the container to the brim, you can still add more ink if you would like to reduce the effect of the shimmer.

Check out the gallery for some pictures of the process and the end result!

Azure Blue Shimmer - Waterman Mysterious Blue Shimmering ink
Azure Blue Shimmer – Waterman Mysterious Blue Shimmering Ink
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Notebook Review #001: Colorverse Nebula Note

Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome!🙋‍♂️

Today I have for you something very special and interesting! I recently (well today) got my hands on a new product soon to be released by Colorverse and I’m telling you it’s going to be great! 🤯Especially at the price point they are targeting for the current design. Naturally before we delve into anything I would like to thank C.K. for providing me with samples!

Oh and let’s just do a quick recap of who Colorverse are!

Colorverse is a South Korean ink maker best known for their beautiful colors, their use of natural dyes in their inks and of course their unique glass bottles. If you want to check out there inks please click here.

Okay I think that was quick enough. 😉😂 Let’s get down to business!

Colorverse decided they are going to expand their product range with a new product and they called it the Nebula Note. Now if you have read the title or have seen the cover photo you already know that the Nebula Note is their notebook that’s going to appear in the near future.

Check out their website here.

I personally think it was a nice idea and the next natural step in growing their business. It gives them the perfect medium where they can show off their beautiful and unique colors!

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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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Colorverse Special Edition JOHANNES KEPLER

I received samples from Colorverse! 😀

The three special editions include: Planetary Motion, Somnium and Conjecture

The colors are great and I especially like Planetary Motion and Somnium. Both are really nice muted colors and I don’t think I have actually seen a green like Somnium before. Plantery Motion is also really good but the ink is a bit dry, flows well though and has awesome shading properties. Conjecture is smooth and not so muted compared to the other inks. The paper used to create these is Clairfontaine Clairmail 60g/m2.

Colorverse Planetary Motion
Colorverse Planetary Motion

Colorverse Somnium
Colorverse Somnium

Colorverse Conjecture
Colorverse Conjecture

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Ink Review #4: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine

Pelikan Edelstein - Ink Review

Hello everyone! Here we are, another week and another ink review! This week’s choice is the Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink of the Year 2018. It’s available in limited quantities since we’re already in 2019 so get yours from your favorite retail outlet if you like what you see in the review. 😀

Before we continue I just want to give a shout out to the Fountain Pen Companion! Thanks to this nifty website it’s really easy to track your inks, participate in leaderboards and share your collection with others! 😀 If anyone wants to have a look at mine, you can see check it out here.

If you would like me to do a review of one of the inks from my collection let me know in the comments below, on the PenAddict Slack on reddit or through e-mail. 😉

If you’re interested in the review process please check out this blog post. I’ve written it down in detail. Reviews in the future might have updated methodology but I’ll let anyone know if anything changes! 😉

1. Introduction and personal thoughts

Pelikan is one of the oldest fountain pen and ink manufacturers in Europe and they are known worldwide for giving us reliable writing instruments and inks alike. In this part of the world one of the most popular inks is made by Pelikan, the 4001 Royal Blue.

Now you may or may not have known that Pelikan also has a line of premium inks called “Edelstein” which translates to “gemstone” or “jewel” (or “drágakő” in Hungarian 😉 ). Of course each ink is named after a precious stone/mineral from which the ink derives it’s color from. In total there are 16 colors available, with the original 8 standard colors and 8 Ink of the Year colors. Later on Pelikan announced that they’ll include Aquamarine and more recently Garnet in their standard line-up.

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Ink Review #3: Diamine Oxford Blue

Diamine Oxford Blue - Ink Review

Greetings! 😀 I have another ink review ready and this time my choice fell upon Diamine Oxford Blue! This ink has of course been reviewed by a lot of people already but I thought I would share my thoughts on this one because it was the second ink I bought from Diamine back when I was getting into the hobby. 🙂 (The first was Diamine Sapphire Blue which I’ll definitely cover in a couple of weeks).

Before we continue I just want to give a shout out to the Fountain Pen Companion! Thanks to this nifty website it’s really easy to track your inks, participate in leaderboards and share your collection with others! 😀 If anyone wants to have a look at mine, you can see check it out here.

If you would like me to do a review of one of the inks from my collection let me know in the comments below, on the PenAddict Slack on reddit or through e-mail. 😉

If you’re interested in the review process please check out this blog post. I’ve written it down in detail. Reviews in the future might have updated methodology but I’ll let anyone know if anything changes! 😉

1. Introduction and personal thoughts

Diamine is a UK 🇬🇧 based company which creates all kinds of inks for different purposes. They have been around since 1864 and thanks to this heritage I think we can safely deduce that they know a thing or two about how to make inks. They offer a large assortment of colors (over 100 actually) so it’s more than likely that they have a color you’ll like. They are also fairly inexpensive thus they are easily accessible to anyone, especially if you’re from Europe.

The ink is available in 30 ml plastic/glass bottles and 80 ml glass bottles. I myself have got one in the 30 ml bottle as anything bigger than 50 ml is a huge commitment (especially since I have enough ink already to last me a lifetime). Before moving onto the ink itself I would just like to praise how neat their 30 ml plastic bottles are since look great and can be placed nicely next to each other. The downside is that the mouth of the 30 ml plastic bottle is really small and a lot of pens might not fit through it. This won’t be so bad if you use converters or refill with a syringe but a piston filler will be impossible to fill with these bottles.

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