All of you were beyond excited when we added a variety of 30+ Van Dieman’s fountain pen inks to our inventory earlier this year. We know this because our stock ran low VERY quickly – and we did not make a small order. But never fear, we’re all stocked up again with more Van Dieman’s fountain pen inks than ever before. So, start rubbing your hands together like a supervillain and don’t even feel bad about over-ordering and hoarding some Van Dieman’s because these inks – they really are something to talk about.
#ICYMI: Van Dieman’s Inks are HOT and Here’s Why:
One, they’re not easy to come by – if you’re in the US, that is. Pen Chalet was the 1st US retailer to carry this particular brand of fountain pen inks, and American Van Dieman ‘s fans were just chomping at the bit to have access to these beauties. Two, they’re fun. From the colors, to the names, to the ink bottles, people enjoy them. And three, they work really well with no clogging or clotting, which is, after all, the entire point, right?
Two Van Dieman’s Ink Series: A Few Favorites
We recently ran across a gorgeous series of photos by A. Vahanvati featuring this fountain pen-loving photographer’s favorite inks from Van Dieman’s. One from Van Dieman’s Original Colours of Tasmania Ink Series and two from their Wilderness ink series. Check out his picks and see if you agree or disagree that they’re top-notch additions to any fountain pen collection.
Van Dieman’s Original Fourteen Colours of Tasmania Series: Devil Black Fountain Pen Ink
It’s rich, it’s decadent. You might even say, it’s sinful. It’s Devil Black, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a midnight black fountain pen ink color, but in bright lighting you’ll get glimpses of deep purple. All the Van Dieman’s inks are inspired by bits and pieces of Australia. Devil Black is paying homage to the Tasmanian Devil.
Van Dieman’s Wilderness Ink Series: Azure Kingfisher Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman’s Wilderness Series Azure Kingfisher fountain pen ink is stunning – as it should be to give the appropriate impression of this Australian icon. This complex ink does a admirable job of replicating the kingfisher’s coat with varying shades of teal green, royal blue, light aqua, and a golden shimmer that incorporates various green tones with borders of vibrant red. It’s an eye catching ink that is a lot of fun to write with. This is a shimmering ink, so you may want to consider that when choosing which pens to work with. The fine shimmer is safe for your fountain pen, calligraphy pen or dip pen but it’s best to choose a pen that is easy to clean when changing inks.
Van Dieman’s Wilderness Series: Eucalyptus Regnans Fountain Pen Ink
In the simplest terms Van Dieman’s Wilderness Series Eucalyptus Regnans fountain pen ink is a green ink, but if you’re really interested, it’s actually the color of the tallest flowering trees in the world and they’re found in…yes, you guessed it, Australia. The Eucalyptus Regnans (or Tasmanian Mountain Ash) can grow up to 100 meters tall and can be found in Australia’s “Valley of the Giants.” Go ahead and add that to your list of places to go and see someday. It’s worthy by name alone. This “green” fountain ink is actually a great representation of the iconic (and wild) beauty of the Eucalyptus Regnans and appears as a mottled, khaki/army green color when put to paper, as you can see above.
Final Conclusions for Those Considering Adding Van Dieman’s Inks to Their Ink Collection?
We suggest you hurry. Just kidding, but maybe not. Ya’ll do seem to have an unholy love of Van Dieman’s inks. We’ll restock again if we run low, though. Never fear.
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