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Eye – Dropper challenge 2/5 Platinum Preppy Highlighter

Second pen in the series is notoriously well known eye-dropper: Platinum Preppy.

It’s cheap, easy to do and it works. J Herbin Diabolo Menthe InkPreppys come as fountain pens or highlighters. I had some spare ink cartridges at home, so I have decided to turn the highlighter. There are couple of good highlighting inks out there: Lamy Neonlime (T52 bottles only available in US), Pelikan Duo, Noodler’s, Private Reserve….but I have opted out for one ink that I had no use for.J Herbin Diabolo Menthe. Light minty colour is not legible for writing, but works quite nicely for this purpose. If you would like a sample of this ink, just let me know 😉 Ink is made for sharing, and there is no way I will finish this bottle in 2 lifetimes.

Material needed: syringe, silicon grease, rubber O ring (7.5mm inside diameter and 9.2mm outside diameter).

Instructions – again, very easy to do:

  • unscrew the barrel
  • remove the cartridge (if present)
  • secure the barrel in upright position
  • fill the barrel with ink using syringe
  • apply silicon grease on section threads
  • place the O ring on the section where threads end
  • screw the section onto the barrel
  • done!

Preppy sealed with silicone grease and O-ring

Here is what Platinum Preppy Highlighter looks like 🙂 Nice and clean conversion, plenty of ink capacity…

Preppy on J Herbin bottle

Mishka  (^_~)

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Eye – Dropper challenge 1/5 Kaweco Classic

diagonalHi folks,

Bank holiday is here & we finally get some time off. If you have read about my Stationery show endeavours, then you know, that I have been challenged by Manuscript people to turn their pen into an eye dropper.

Eye-dropper project is something that every fountain pen enthusiast will do at least once in their life. It’s one of those bucket list essential tasks 🙂 For normal people this means filling the entire body of the pen with ink. The usual go for pens will have a plastic body and are transparent. Benefits are: huge ink capacity and zen like effect of ink sloshing around. To put this in numbers ink capacity can increase up to 9 times!!! 9 cartridges vs one filling. Now you now why I have to do it…

First one is Kaweco Classic Sport. It requires the least effort. All you need is silicon grease and syringe. My pen was already a demonstrator (see through), so it’s a perfect contender. It will get inked with sparkly J Herbin ink for obvious aesthetic reasons 🙂

Instructions are very easy:

  • unscrew the barrel
  • remove the cartridge (if present)
  • secure the barrel in upright position
  • fill the barrel with ink using syringe
  • apply silicon grease on section threads
  • screw the section onto the barrel
  • done!

Here is what the finished product looks like 🙂

Beautiful Kaweco Sport Classic converted into an eye-dropper and inked with J Herbin Rouge Hematite

Beautiful Kaweco Sport Classic converted into an eye-dropper and inked with J Herbin Rouge Hematite

I have been travelling with this converted pen in zip-lock bag for good two weeks. It hasn’t leaked once… People put silicon grease on nib unit threads too, but I don’t find that necessary. I have to say I am rather pleased with the way this looks 😉

ziplockkaweco on lid

What do you think?

Mishka  (^_~)

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J Herbin Leuchtturm Lamy 2000

Hi folks,

My name is Mishka and I am a pen addict.

I can talk about pens all day and I love writing with them too.

Bureau have let me in to play with their stationery. It has been an awesome week so far and I’d like to celebrate that with my first blog post. The plan is to blog about stationery and show you some of our cool stuff, so if you ever come across something that boggles your mind, just give me a shout and I will gladly check it out. I’ve found few interesting goodies already, but I thought I’d kick off in style and introduce…

MY HOLY TRINITY

 Pen Ink Paper

What are three most important things every pen addict needs ?

Pen, Ink, Paper.

My pen of choice is Lamy 2000.

For two reasons: iconic design and 14k nib. It looks good and it writes even better. Pen is not too heavy, feels great in hand and has a perfect balance. Lamy 2000 has been married to Lamy Turquoise ink since the day 1, but I have re-inked it for this special occasion. Let’s pair my #1 pen with my #1 ink.

My current favourite ink is J Herbin Vert Olive.

I can argue with you all day about practicality of this ink, so let me just tell you this: it shades like crazy!!! It is by far the best ink J Herbin makes and it’s so much fun!

My paper of choice is Leuchtturm1917 dotted A5 notebook with teal cover.

It is less shiny than Rhodia/Clairefontain. It also makes the line a little wider which helps shading. That is in my opinion the most desirable ink property. I have opted for dotted version which is great for practicing handwriting. Notebook opens flat and comes with off-white fountain pen friendly paper – there is no feathering, no bleedthrough (well, that is subject to how much ink you lay down). Leuchtturm1917 has page numbers, table of contents, bookmark, elastic band, labels. They come in plenty of colours and sizes and you can customize it with a pen loop (there are so many colours to chose from…)

So what do you think fellow stationery lovers?

Do you have your Pen-Ink-Paper Trinity?

Email me your comments, feedback, questions on mishka@bureaudirect.co.uk

I’m off to try Platinum #3776 Century Music nib – perks of the job.

Mishka (^_~)

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