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Brand New Six Pennonia Colors available NOW

Pennonia Csontváry-kék (Csontváry’s Blue)

Pennonia Csontvary-kek Ink Swatch
Pennonia Csontvary-kek Ink Swatch

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry was famous Hungarian painter. He had an eccentric personality not understood by his contemporaries. His works were universally recognized only after his death.

Most of his works can be categorized under expressionism or post-impressionism but truly they were neither. I invite you to have a look at some of his magnificent paintings using the power of a Google search.

Csontváry used magnificent blues in his works and this ink is dedicated to him out of gratitude and respect for the awe and emotions his paintings have evoked when viewing them.

Pennonia Rézvörös (Copper)

Pennonia Rezvoros Ink Swatch
Pennonia Rezvoros Ink Swatch

Unlike the previous ink, unfortunately I think I will disappoint you as there isn’t really a backstory behind the name of this ink.

It was still hard to find a good name for it as it’s pinkish, reddish, orange ink and I have to admit, finding a good name for them is harder than actually making ink 😂

This ink is water-resistant!

Pennonia Zöldike (Greenfinch)

Pennonia Zoldike Ink Swatch
Pennonia Zoldike Ink Swatch

This name was inspired by the humble, beautiful Greenfinch which unfortunately is a threatened species in Hungary. I used to hear them sing a lot back in my childhood but unfortunately it was so long ago that I can’t remember when it was the last time!

For me personally, preserving nature and wildlife is an important issue and I try to do my own part so that my children and grandchildren will also be able to hear a Zöldike sing one day in our gardens.

Pennonia Mustvörös (Must, also known as Young Wine)

Pennonia Mustvoros ink swatch
Pennonia Mustvoros ink swatch

So technically this ink is a must-try for everyone! 😉 (sorry for the bad pun)

This ink actually got inspired from my childhood. For literally half of my current life I have lived with my grandparents and my granddad used to always make wine from the grapes he had all over the yard.

Well those wines were taken out of the ground last week after being there for over 30 years as we are completely redoing the yard. So on hand, I chose this color so I can remember the good old days (nostalgia is one hell of a drug, and you get addicted the more older you get) and also because must is really really really tasty! Even if you don’t try the ink, you must try must!

Pennonia Gesztenyebarna (Chestnut Brown)

Pennonia Gesztenyebarna Ink Swatch
Pennonia Gesztenyebarna Ink Swatch

Again…nostalgia, longing for the old days. Admitedly this brown could’ve have been called quite a lot of things. I chose chestnuts specifically for two reasons:

  1. When we were kids we used to collect chestnuts for fun when they were in season (like sacks of them) and we’d race who can throw them the furthest or make dolls out of them using match-sticks! Good fun!
  2. My sweet hometown of Nagykároly has a beautiful avenue with enormous chestnut trees which are really beautiful when they are bloom.

Pennonia Gödényzöld (Pelican Green)

Pennonia Godenyzold Ink Swatch
Pennonia Godenyzold Ink Swatch

Ooookay. I really wanted to name this ink using the synonym for “gödény” in Hungarian but I don’t know if I’m allowed. I’m a huge Pelikan fan/collector and this ink is THE ink that I will now use in my trusty green striped M1000 probably for the rest of my life! 😂

There’s really no backstory, I wanted an ink to match my M1000. 🤷‍♂️

Can I get away with calling it Pelikánzöld? Maybe, but Gödény is such a unique word and well, I am Hungarian and the language, customs etc. play a big role in choosing a name. So I’m going with Gödényzöld and as always, sorry to non-Hungarians, you must hate to pronounce all these weird words! 😅

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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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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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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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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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