In preparation for the Olympics, Goulet Pens put together an Ink Drop sampler featuring the colors of the Olympic rings. Bright vivid colors from Pilot Iroshizuku, Noodler’s, Diamine, J. Herbin and de Atramentis are a nice festive flair for the Olympics. I particularly like the de Atramentis Gold which is not metallic but a good yellow ochre color.
I tested these colors with my vintage fountain pens on my Miquelrius medium flexible 300 grid paper book purchased from B+N.
If you are becoming as much of a collector of fountain pen ink as I am, this little pocket notebook set might be just what you need to keep all those colors straight. Each page provides an area to note the brand, date and pen used to test out the ink as well as a space for writing and swab samples. You can also note the flow, saturation, shading and dry times in one spot.
3-pack of notebooks is $9.99.
Spoiler peek at the Goulet Pens Ink Drop sample colors for June arrived and they are themed “Summer Picnic”. Its all fruit and vegetable themed. None of the colors were particularly keen to my flex nib dip pen but I think that actually bodes well for the fountain pens. I am particularly fond of the warm orange of the Sailor Jentle Apricot and the de Atramentis Plum which is a lovely deep teal blue.
I’m looking for a different method for sampling inks in the future. Does anyone have a suggestion?
(Sorry about the cruddy photo!)