Saturday, December 26, 2009
I need to apologize to Karen at Exaclair for not reviewing these items sooner. Please be sure to check out the Quo Vadis Blog and Rhodia Drive also.
Some time ago, she sent me a wonderful care package containing four items; a bottle of J. Herbin Diabolo Menthe ink, a box of G. Lalo Notes Tradition (deckle edged), a pad of G. Lalo Verge de France paper and a Clairefontaine Basics notebook, all in green.
I love the Verge de France paper and use in quite regularly. I have it in Champagne, but find that I like the green very much.
I also really like the notes. The box comes with 20 sheets and 20 envelopes. They are perfect for a short letter or a thank you note.
Both the Verge de France and the Traditions Notes are fountain pen friendly with no feathering, no bleedthrough and no showthrough with any of the inks that I have used. I'm rather fond of using a dark brown ink on these, it makes me think of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
The Basics notebook I previously reviewed here in conjunction with a review of J. Herbin Vert Empire and Perle Noire inks. This is a lovely notebook, with a flexible cover and wonderful Clairfontaine paper.
Below is my review of the J. Herbin Diabolo Menthe ink. When I first began the review and during my previous use of this ink I truly believed that it leaned more towards the blue side, I have revised that opinion and although it is not really green, it is more green that blue. Click on the image to view it in a larger format:
Oh, yeah I did mention a giveaway, didn't I? Ok, the giveaway item is the Clairefontaine Basics Notebook shown here. Only it is the pristine unused one that Karen included in the care package. Since I already have one, I thought that someone else might enjoy the extra one, and if you blog you could do a review.
Note added December 30: Just an FYI, this notebook has a green cover and is filled with white Clairefontaine paper. Please see my previous post which included this notebook.
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