2018 - ink between the teeth

Oct 15, 2018

review: diamine teal

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review: diamine teal
Diamine Teal is an ink I've had for a while! Let's get a gander.

Oct 8, 2018

review: colorverse astrophysics black hole

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review: colorverse astrophysics black hole
We're starting the journey into sample territory now! Most of the ink reviews I have coming up are samples, because I have a drawer full of ink and it is a serious problem.

Sep 24, 2018

happy one year anniversary!

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happy one year anniversary!
I decided in September 2017 that I wanted to get back into ink reviewing. I'd been doing reviews off and on for a couple of years, but the habit never really stuck. I'm not sure why it worked this time around, but I'm glad it did.

Since September 25th of last year, I've written 44 reviews here on Winter Sharks, and have written for On Fountain Pens and Massdrop. It's been a really exciting year for me, as I finished off my senior year of college, wrote an honors thesis, and started figuring out what I want to do for the rest of my life (scary!). I began a job at a really awesome place this month, and even though I fall asleep at 9:45 pm on weekdays, things are really looking up here.

I want to thank everyone for reading my reviews and sharing in on this passion of mine. I love this community and the camaraderie that comes so quickly to many of you. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to write passionately about this tiny little niche. Thank you to everyone who comments and cheerleads. And thank you to everyone who might be a bit shy to talk, but reads every article out there.

I feel a commitment to sharing my knowledge with people, whether they're new to this niche or have been dedicated members for decades. Thank you again for letting me be a part of this fantastic world.

I'll be taking this week off to relax and reorient—but you should know that there will be plenty of new material coming! I hope you'll stick around for year two of Ink Sharks.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on this post or send me an email at gpharaonis(at)gmail.com. In particular, I'd love to know what you want to see in future ink reviews. More in-depth water resistant tests? Reactions to sunlight? Performance on "normal" paper? If it's reasonable, I certainly can give it a shot!

See y'all next week!

Sep 17, 2018

review: j. herbin 1670 anniversary stormy grey

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review: j. herbin 1670 anniversary stormy grey
It was my birthday last week! Why not celebrate it with a sparkly ink?

Sep 12, 2018

planning a planner: or, how to be a virgo

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planning a planner: or, how to be a virgo
I've been using the bullet journal system in a Stalogy 365 A6 notebook since July 2017! You can read more about my five month check-up. I thought it was a great system for a college student: I could keep track of everything, and take note of what wasn't done by the end of the day.

Sep 10, 2018

review: lennon tool bar congqiang (藍濃道具屋蒼穹)

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review: lennon tool bar congqiang (藍濃道具屋蒼穹)
We're taking a look at the second of the two Lennon Tool Bar inks I own!

Sep 3, 2018

review: j. herbin rouille d'ancre

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review: j. herbin rouille d'ancre
I've had J. Herbin Rouille D'ancre for a while now. Time to give it a gander.

Aug 27, 2018

review: robert oster marrone mustard

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review: robert oster marrone mustard
Let's take a look at a new sample!

Aug 20, 2018

review: noodler's kiowa pecan

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review: noodler's kiowa pecan
We're taking a look at this ink today! There it is!

Aug 13, 2018

review: j. herbin 1670 emerald of chivor

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review: j. herbin 1670 emerald of chivor
I'm probably a few years late, but we're gonna look at the wildly hyped J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Emerald of Chivor today!

Aug 6, 2018

review: rohrer & klingner alt-goldgrün

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review: rohrer & klingner alt-goldgrün
We're chugging along this week with a look back at an older ink! Taking a look at Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün.

Aug 1, 2018

keeping track of pens and ink

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keeping track of pens and ink
The fountain pen hobby is full of evolutions: people (usually) begin with starter pens, printer paper, blue or black ink. Then, all of a sudden, you're pulling your credit card out even while your eyes water at the price of a gold-nibbed pen. You have a leather pen case with so many pens, too many pens, why do you need this many pens? You don't need another pen. You click buy anyway.

Jul 30, 2018

review: lennon tool bar tiegan (藍濃道具屋鐵紺)

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review: lennon tool bar tiegan (藍濃道具屋鐵紺)
We're looking at an ink from Lennon Tool Bar today!

Jul 23, 2018

how to dye a twsbi

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how to dye a twsbi
I dyed my TWSBI. It was super easy and took almost no time at all. I'm here to share instructions for how to do it. Make sure you read this entire post!

Jul 16, 2018

review: noodler's air-corp blue-black

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review: noodler's air-corp blue-black
Here's an ink I've really enjoyed: Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black!

Jul 9, 2018

review: diamine oxblood

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review: diamine oxblood
A third Diamine ink in a row!

Jul 2, 2018

review: diamine ancient copper

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review: diamine ancient copper
Ooh, another Diamine ink! This one's Ancient Copper, another favorite (am I showing my hand too early?)

Jun 25, 2018

review: diamine marine

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review: diamine marine
More Diamine! We're working through inks that I've had before I started this blog.

[edit] An earlier version of this post went up without being finished! That was my bad. It's been updated now.

Jun 18, 2018

review: skb stone green (石綠)

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review: skb stone green (石綠)
More SKB! Let's take a look.

Jun 11, 2018

review: de atramentis pigeon blue

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review: de atramentis pigeon blue
Listen, I'm running out of ways to start off these blog posts. So here you go.

Jun 4, 2018

review: rohrer & klingner alt-bordeaux

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review: rohrer & klingner alt-bordeaux
I talked about Diamine Tyrian Purple last week, so I might as well talk about a similar ink here!

May 28, 2018

review: diamine tyrian purple

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review: diamine tyrian purple
We're taking a look at another ink that's been on the market for a while!

May 21, 2018

review: j. herbin vert empire

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review: j. herbin vert empire
Hey, hello, one of my favorite inks! Let's go ahead and take a look at it.

May 14, 2018

review: pilot iroshizuku ajisai

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review: pilot iroshizuku ajisai
Taking a look at yet another blue from Pilot Iroshizuku. Hey, that rhymes.

May 9, 2018

guest post: kwz cappuccino

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guest post: kwz cappuccino
Here's another guest post I wrote for On Fountain Pens! This is on KWZ Cappuccino. Head on over to the site and give it a read!

May 7, 2018

review: skb tea amber (茶珀)

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review: skb tea amber (茶珀)
Taking a look at a Taiwanese ink today! I've scattered the Taiwan-exclusive inks over the next few months, and we'll start here with SKB.

Apr 30, 2018

review: rohrer & klingner verdigris

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review: rohrer & klingner verdigris
Here's another blue ink for your consideration!

Apr 23, 2018

review: penbbs 309

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review: penbbs 309
Another pen review! I wanted to get this one up pretty quickly so that you can pick up a relatively new brand of pen.

Apr 18, 2018

guest post: de atramentis virgo

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guest post: de atramentis virgo

Apr 16, 2018

review: pelikan m205 aquamarine

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review: pelikan m205 aquamarine
Every year, Pelikan develops an ink based off of a mineral or gem for a special, limited edition release known as the Edelstein Ink of the Year. Since 2015, there has also been a demonstrator tinted to match the ink. In 2016, this pen and ink combo was Aquamarine: a blue-green that's more dark than light.

Apr 9, 2018

review: de atramentis sha wujing (沙悟淨)

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review: de atramentis sha wujing (沙悟淨)
We're taking a look at an ink that you can only find at one store: Ty Lee (小品雅集), located in Taipei, Taiwan.

Apr 6, 2018

taiwanese brands, and stationery stores in taipei

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taiwanese brands, and stationery stores in taipei
There are a couple of brands and releases that are exclusive to stores or to the island, and I wanted to talk about that briefly in advance of my first Taiwan-exclusive ink review. This is going to be a relatively quick rundown, but I hope that if you happen to be there you'll be able to take a look around and find some relatively rare inks.

Apr 2, 2018

review: j. herbin vert réséda

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review: j. herbin vert réséda
Ooh, bottle in sunlight!

Mar 26, 2018

review: sailor shikiori yozakura

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review: sailor shikiori yozakura
I promised a while ago that I would talk about the new Sailor inks, and here I am talking about them a couple of months late! I promise I was on time with getting the ink itself. Just, you know, the rest of it got a bit delayed.

Mar 19, 2018

review: pilot iroshizuku yama-budo

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review: pilot iroshizuku yama-budo
Yet another Pilot Iroshizuku ink! I've got six of these, you know.

Mar 12, 2018

review: pilot iroshizuku tsuki-yo

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review: pilot iroshizuku tsuki-yo
Here's another Pilot Iroshizuku ink review! We're still looking at blues and blue greens today, so you know I'm a big fan of these tones.

Mar 5, 2018

review: pilot iroshizuku syo-ro

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review: pilot iroshizuku syo-ro
Jumping back to Japan today with a review of another Pilot Iroshizuku ink. (Three more to go!)

Feb 28, 2018

review: de atramentis pisces

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review: de atramentis pisces
Here's my second review for On Fountain Pens, the first of my two on the De Atramentis astrology inks. This is De Atramentis Pisces!

Feb 26, 2018

review: takeda jimuki TAG kyo no oto adzukiiro / red bean (京の音小豆色)

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review: takeda jimuki TAG kyo no oto adzukiiro / red bean (京の音小豆色)
Adzukiiro is a new release from TAG in their Kyo no Oto line, along with the blue-gray Hisoku. I don't believe it's limited edition. Let's go straight in!

Feb 21, 2018

guest post: nagasawa penstyle-den kobeink物語 #8 arima amber

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guest post: nagasawa penstyle-den kobeink物語 #8 arima amber
I'm happy to announce that I wrote my first guest post at On Fountain Pens! I'll be doing reviews there from time to time. My first is on NAGASAWA PenStyle-Den KobeINK物語 #8 Arima Amber. Please go ahead and give the site a visit!

Feb 19, 2018

review: j. herbin ambre de birmanie

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review: j. herbin ambre de birmanie
Ooh, we're jumping around quite a bit! Back to the pre-Taipei trip collection.

Feb 12, 2018

review: pilot iroshizuku fuyu-syogun

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review: pilot iroshizuku fuyu-syogun
It felt right to talk about Fuyu-syogun right after I talked about its sibling ink, Kiri-same. They're like two sides to the same coin, I guess!

Feb 5, 2018

review: pilot iroshizuku kiri-same

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review: pilot iroshizuku kiri-same
We're going gray for two weeks! I'm taking a look at Pilot Iroshizuku's sibling grays.

Jan 29, 2018

review: sailor jentle yama-dori

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review: sailor jentle yama-dori
Here's the third of the three Sailor Jentle inks I own. Like I said last week, I want to make sure these reviews come out in a timely fashion. I'll talk a little more about how Sailor is changing their ink line later this year.

I also want to make note quite early that I'm fiddling with adding one (technically, two) to my reviews: natural light photos of "swatch cards." I'll explain further in this post, so do continue reading!

Jan 24, 2018

incoming changes for reviews

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incoming changes for reviews
I have a couple of changes that are coming to the way that I do my reviews. This is mostly a post to keep myself accountable, so feel free to skip this entirely if you're here for the ink reviews!

I do have to add that some of my reviews have been completed in advance, so these changes may not appear in all of them. However, I will implement these changes where possible, especially where an additional picture or two is all that is necessary.

Jan 22, 2018

review: sailor jentle tokiwa-matsu

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review: sailor jentle tokiwa-matsu
I'm shuffling around the reviews I have prepared for the coming months, and I thought I would talk about the Sailor Jentle inks I have first. As you may know, Sailor is moving their Jentle line to smaller bottles for the same price, which is silly and makes them more expensive than Pilot Iroshizuku inks. Cost aside, I wanted to review these inks while you can still find the original bottles before they disappear entirely. I'm not sure if this change will be occurring outside of Japan, but better safe than sorry, right?

Jan 15, 2018

my top five inks of 2017, and some other thoughts

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my top five inks of 2017, and some other thoughts
Happy new year, everybody! Okay, seems a bit strange to say this two weeks into the new year, and after I posted last week, but you know how it is. I took a quick break to spend time with my family over my holiday break, and I'm ready to jump into 2018 with a post thinking about the old year—strange, I know. But I own about thirty inks, give or take, which is pretty much too many inks for one person to use in a sensible period of time. You know... they're just so tempting. I figured it's been a while since I really took a look at my collection and thought about my favorites, the inks I want to use every time I fill a pen.

Jan 8, 2018

review: twsbi diamond 540, and the pendleton brown custom flex nib

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review: twsbi diamond 540, and the pendleton brown custom flex nib
Stephen Brown—author of the SBREBrown blog—was selling off some pens in September. I've checked his for sale page a couple of times as he's culled the herd, but most were either out of my budget or not particularly interesting. This time around, however, something particular caught my eye: the TWSBI Diamond 540 in amber.