Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 – Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 - Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 – Marsala

Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2015 to be Marsala. Here’s what Pantone has to say about this year’s earthy wine colored choice:

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

If you’re in the mood to capture this color trend with your fountain pen and ink, here are our top choices:

LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen Purple

LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen Purple

LAMY Al-Star Fountain Pen in Purple

The light-weight aluminum Al-Star fountain pen comes in this fantastic purple color!

Pilot Metal Falcon Fountain Pen in Burgundy

Pilot Metal Falcon Fountain Pen in Burgundy

Pilot Metal Falcon Fountain Pen – Burgundy

Fancy up your handwriting by using this burgundy metal Falcon fountain pen with a semiflex nib. The Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen in Bourgogne and the Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen in Bordeaux also come in shades of Marsala.

Noodler's Ink - Burgundy

Noodler’s Ink – Burgundy

Noodler’s Ink in Burgundy

This classic burgundy color of ink would look great in any fountain pen! If you’re going to use it in your purple LAMY Al-Star, remember to get the LAMY Z24 Ink Converter so you can use bottled ink.

Noodler's Ink - Black Swan in English Roses

Noodler’s Ink – Black Swan in English Roses

Noodler’s Ink Black Swan in English Roses

Black Swan in English Roses is specifically made by Noodler’s Ink for flex nib fountain pens, so it would be a great choice for your Falcon semiflex nib fountain pen.

Monteverde Burgundy Ink Cartridges for LAMY Fountain Pens

Monteverde Burgundy Ink Cartridges for LAMY Fountain Pens

Monteverde Ink Cartridges for LAMY Fountain Pens – 5 Pack, Burgundy

If you’d rather use ink cartridges instead of bottled ink, Monteverde makes a burgundy ink cartridge for LAMY fountain pens including the Al-Star. We’ve discovered that these ink cartridges also fit pens that use standard international ink cartridges if you use the other end of the cartridge.

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax - Burgundy

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax – Burgundy

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax – Burgundy

Okay, so this isn’t a pen or ink, but won’t your letters look great when they are sealed with matching burgundy J. Herbin Sealing Wax?

J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink – Ambre de Birmanie

If you’d rather have an ink that contrasts nicely with a Marsala colored fountain pen, Pantone suggests an amber color such as J. Herbin’s Ambre de Birmanie ink.

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - Vert Reseda

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink – Vert Reseda

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink – Vert Reseda

Also suggested by Pantone as colors to complement Marsala are “greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.” We like the French green color of Vert Reseda.

What do you think of Marsala as the Pantone color of the year for 2015? Are there any pens and ink in shades of Marsala that you’d like to recommend?

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What is a Flex Nib Fountain Pen?

Pilot Metal Falcon Semiflex Nib Fountain Pen - Burgundy

Pilot Metal Falcon Semiflex Nib Fountain Pen – Burgundy

A flex nib (or flexible nib) fountain pen has a special nib design that allows the tines of the nib to curve and spread apart when pressure is applied during writing. The nib’s flexibility produces varying line widths that can add character and beauty to handwriting or calligraphy.

The shape of a flex nib is different than that of a regular fountain pen nib. The flex nib tines are longer and thinner to allow for more flexibility. Flex nibs must be used carefully! If too much pressure is applied to the nib during writing this can cause permanent damage to the nib.

The degree of flexibility varies among flex nibs. True “superflex” or “wet noodle” nibs are no longer manufactured and exist only in vintage fountain pens. Flex nibs found in modern fountain pens are considered to be “semiflex.” These have less flexibility but are easier to use and more durable than their vintage superflex cousins. To get the most flex out of a modern nib, an expert nibmeister can be hired to modify a nib to create a more flexible writing experience.

Noodler's Ahab Semiflex Nib Fountain Pen - King Philip Purple

Noodler’s Ahab Semiflex Nib Fountain Pen – King Philip Purple

When writing with a flex nib you will need to practice, take your time and write more slowly than you would with a regular fountain pen nib. The fountain pen ink you choose to use will affect your writing experience since ink properties vary, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different inks. Noodler’s Ink has created a couple of inks specifically designed for use with a flex nib: Black Swan in English Roses and Black Swan in Australian Roses. Be sure to get yourself some good quality paper such as Rhodia or Clairefontaine.

Some examples of modern semiflex nib fountain pens include:

Writing with a flex nib fountain pen is a great incentive to improve your penmanship. Do you use any flex nib fountain pens? What are your favorites? Do you have any tips you’d like to share with those considering buying their first flex nib fountain pen?

Namiki Falcon Semiflex Nib Fountain Pen

Namiki Falcon Semiflex Nib Fountain Pen

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