I think a lot of us who are into fountain pens are also into journaling our daily lives. Those who are into this can probably relate to my situation when the flow of thoughts and writing are coming too fast but we have to wait for our FP inks to dry before we can continue writing on the next page. Even using a Midori Traveler’s Notebook which is FP-friendly, there is something like a lag time when it comes to ink. Sure, we can use a ballpoint or other writing instrument but we love fountain pens and there’s nothing like journaling with a fountain pen. Initially I used J. Herbin Cafe des Iles and my Visconti Rembrandt calligraphy set (I only use the fine nib) for my journal but while writing a long entry last night, I decided I couldn’t make do with how watery the ink is and how long it dries. So I immediately purchased Diamine Ox Blood and Iroshizuku Tsukushi to see if they will work better with journal writing. I also decided to change to the Remdrandt Italic nib. Well it ended up in disaster and my journal looks like a scene of a crime.
Changing to Italic nib with my tiny penmanship is a wrong move. I haven’t tried Diamine on a F or EF nib so I don’t know if its ink dries fast. I switched back to the Rembrandt F nib and used the Tsukushi and everything is okay again although I noticed that the ink didn’t try faster than J. Herbin’s. I do like the sheen though.
Sorry for the lengthy post but please suggest a fast-drying ink that would look great with my Camel Midori (shades of brown). I feel bad for messing up my new journal but I guess I have to take it as lesson learned.