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Monday, October 19, 2015

Waterman Kultur, J. Herbin Vert Réséda, and Lined Moleskine Review

I bought my 12EUR Waterman Kultur in 2012 from a local supermarket store in Grenoble, France. I have the clear and colourless demonstrator pen with a fine nib. I think this is a good pen to use in everyday situations when you don't want to worry about damaging it. It's probably the only pen that I would let others use without feeling protective. I like the clip because it is spring-loaded, which means the clip is less likely to "over bend" on thick sheets of paper or clothing.

The pen feels sturdy and of good length when the cap is posted. The pen is quite light and does not apply much pressure on the paper under its own weight. The line produced by the fine tip nib is quite thick and looks more like it came from a medium tip. The backside of the nib is much thinner, but very scratchy.

I inked this pen with some J. Herbin ink, called vert réséda, which has a nice light green colour.

The ink flows easily from the nib and takes a few seconds to dry. These few seconds allow the ink that's already on the page to react (through water tension) to subsequent movements of the nib. This results in ink strokes with light and dark shading and this gives the writing a bit of character. It's a bit like writing with water colours.

The edges of the pen strokes are sharp. I did notice that the nib sounds and sometimes feels like it's being dragged over a sheet of fine-grained sandpaper.

This was my first time using a Moleskine notebook and the pages are thinner than I expected, although the ink didn't bleed through to the other side that much. My way of avoiding bleed-through is to write faster, thereby enhancing my productivity! I get ink imprints on opposing pages if I close the notebook before the ink has completely dried. My natural handwriting is quite large so the narrow ruled line made my pen strokes feel a bit cramped.