Since early this year, I've been compiling a sample of pens + inks that have come across my desk. Every time I have a new fountain pen combination, I'd write down the pen name and ink in my Moleskine journal
. It is very true what folks say about Moleskine paper and fountain pens. Some pen & ink combinations bleed right through the page like an extra-thick Sharpie marker would. Finer points fare significantly better in this test.
It is also interesting to see how the same ink shows up using a pen from a different brand nib. For example, the Parker Premier
and the Edison
Herald using the same Noodler's Standard Brown
. The Pelikan m215
vs the Montegrappa Miya
using the same Pelikan Turquoise ink
is also a helpful comparison.
What can you learn from this sample? Moleskine works best (and has the least bleedthrough) when you use a fine or extra-fine point and a lighter ink color (turquoise, light green or light orange). If you have a Moleskine, what pen & ink combinations work the best for you? The worst?