Forsaking All Others

Every now and then you hit upon a pen and ink combination that makes you want to clean out everything else you have inked. I’m currently obsessed with Birmingham Pen Co. Ultramarine ink in my Karas Kustoms tumbled INK with a medium titanium nib. Oh, my! What a pair!

Ultramarine is a deep, deep blue with a trick up its sleeve.

In the right light—like in the light of my desk lamp—the sheen POPS. Deep dark blue with red sheen? Yes, please.

When the ink arrived, I was mulling over which pen to put it in when I noticed my uninked INK and remembered that I always enjoyed the titanium nib on that pen. It turns out that “enjoyed” is quite the understatement. WOW. It’s smooooooth and springy—truly effortless.

I have ten or so inked pens at the ready, but this combination—along with my homemade cold-brew—is what gets me out of bed at 4:30 am every weekday morning to journal for an hour or so. It’s that good.

I can’t do this nib or ink justice with my simple words and imperfectly lit photos. You have to be there—feeling and watching your handwritten words flow from that nib, pool up on the page, then slowly dry, revealing high sheen in just the right light.

It’s incredibly satisfying to pair the right pen with the right ink purely by chance. This is a simple pleasure that’s difficult to explain and photograph, but you definitely know it when you find it. I think that’s the pen-lover’s quest in a nutshell—pairing a pen and an ink that triggers a “WOW!” every single time the nib touches the page. Pure bliss.

Note: The Karas Kustoms INK fountain pen and Birmingham Pen Co. Ultramarine ink were purchased with my own funds. There are no affiliate links in this post.

7 thoughts on “Forsaking All Others

  1. This post warms my heart. I recently received Birmingham Ink Company’s Voltaic and it is a superb ink with a magnificent sheen! I know why it gives you such pleasure to find perfect companions!

  2. It was lovely to sit with a cup of tea this misty Sunday morning and read about your love of this pen and ink combination. Don’t be hard on yourself about your photos – the more I inhabit social media the more I appreciate photos that look like someone’s real life rather than a studio set which is never actually used, and your photos give an idea of the sheen of the ink which makes me quite jealous about not seeing it in person!
    I did have one slight “oh, dear me” moment: when you mentioned your cold-brew my mind leapt to beer and I was a bit taken-aback that you were getting up at 4.30am for it!!!! Then I realised it was probably coffee.

  3. I know exactly what you mean about finding such a perfect combo that you almost could put all the others away. The concept of such a combo getting you out of bed in the morning to journal, is the same for me too.
    One such combo for me at present is the humble Moonman S5, clear demo eyedropper pen with its oblique broad nib and Waterman Serenity blue. It comes with three nibs. It was so good that I bought another. That one also came with three nibs but they were one extra fine and two mediums, no OB this time. However the medium nibs were jolly good too, smooth and stubby and I am enjoying a different writing experience with Cult Pens Deep Dark Red.

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