For the first Throwback Thursday, I thought it would be fitting to share the first hand-written fountain pen review that I ever did. It was also the first ink review. And for that matter, the first paper review (barely). In other words, it was the First of Firsts.
I was originally inspired to create pen and ink reviews while mass-consuming entire libraries of past videos from Brian Goulet and Pen Addict podcasts with Brad Dowdy and Myke Hurley. I didn't really know what I intended to do with them except to maybe personally refer back.
Over the past 1-2 years I have filled up more than a few Rhodia No. 16 pads. In the back of my mind I wanted to share these somehow but I never had time or energy to do it. So, here we go.
I look back at this "first review" and it's quite laughable. Literally, I was a noob and had no idea what I was writing about at the time. I unpacked the pen and was excited to try it. I popped in the stock blue ink cartridge and that was it. I recall that the pen didn't write as smooth as I imagined (likely because I hadn't flushed it) and the Pilot blue was not that inspiring of a colour. It performed well but didm't excite me.
I'll do a more detailed article on my experience with the Vanishing Point at some point so I'll forgo the details for now.
Pen: Namiki Vanishing Point Raden, 14K M
Ink: Pilot Blue cartridge
Paper: Rhodia No. 16 grid
This is the first ink review, it's also the first paper test and first pen test! Lots of firsts! Hooray!
So I think after scribbling for a day (few/couple hours) the nib has settled down. It writes very smoothly on this Rhodia paper.
This ink cartridge came with the pen and, I think it is quite nice already. It's pretty smooth (though I really have no point of reference).
It certainly dries very quickly in this paper, I think it has some nice shading going on. But I can't wait to try the Iroshizuku Kon-Peki.
You can tell that I was listening to the back-catalogue of the the Pen Addict podcasts when Myke and Brad were getting into Vanishing Points and Pilot Iroshizuku inks. I had also read more than a few glowing reviews on Kon-Peki. I was excited to get a bottle of Kon-Peki to try. But I was even more excited to try a fountain pen for the first time so I had opted to simply pop in the stock blue cartridge for ease.