Earlier this year I bought the Plannerism
Planner because I liked the idea of having
a planner that helped me set goals. I used it for a few months and
enjoyed it, but found the paper not working quite well with my fountain
pens and ink. So I strayed.
I bought a Leuchtturm1917 Academic Week
because I got hooked on the columns. And Leuchtturms have paper that
works well with fountain pens and inks.
But that didn’t do it for me either. Sure, the paper works great, I get
excellent shading, I don’t have to look at what pen I grab ‘cause they
all ‘work’. The drying time started to annoy me after the short Saturday
/ Sunday columns did. I have plans on Saturday and Sunday too, people!
Do other people not do anything in the weekend? Of course they do,
they make plans too (some even with me). I really don’t understand why
planner/agenda-makers insist on keeping the weekend short, and tiny.
I figured, because I loved the Plannerism format so much, I should spend
some times testing inks and pens and work out a system for me. I don’t
mind having dedicated planner-pens, and as I colour-code my type of
appointments I could do with a fixed set of inks. In fact, that seemed
best anyway, just one red, one orange, one blue. Not switching them
around every week. Helps me to not have to think about what colour means
what. Saving some brain-bandwidth for more important things, yay!
The colours/inks that worked best for me:
All these inks performed well (or well enough ;) ) on the paper, with
little to no bleed-through. I like the colours too.I had some issues
with the Iroshizuku, which I think has more to do with the pen than the
ink. I’ve tried several Iroshizuku inks and they all flow easily, but
this one in this pen just won’t write well. It flowed fine in another
pen, so I think I’ll just take out the ink, thoroughly clean the pen and
The other side:
Noodler’s Habanero bled more than it did in my earlier tests. The pen
did also write a bit wetter than before. I did have it in my bag and
tossed it around, which may explain it. I don’t mind this level of
bleedthrough with one of the colours.The Platinum Preppy Purple shows
similar point-bleedthrough, also not a problem for me.
The Sheaffer Turquoise writes pretty wet. In general I don’t notice much
difference between the TWSBi 580 and vac700 nib-size-wise, but you can
clearly see the differences between the two inks. The Platinum Rose Red
writes dry, not unusual in my experience for a pigmented ink. Fox Red
also writes pretty wet, similar to the Sheaffer Turquoise.
On the second photo can clearly see the bleedthrough of Sheaffer
Turquoise, as expected. I don’t feel comfortable with this level of
bleedthrough, it makes writing on both sides more difficult. The Fox Red
behaves only slightly better. I won’t use these pens / inks in my
planner. In all fairness, Fox Red also bled through in my Leuchtturm1917
planner, in a similar way, so all in all, not too bad.
The entire page, front and back.
Sheaffer Turquoise clearly bleeding through, as does Diamine Aqua Lagoon
(in a wet pen). Noodler’s BSiAR does surprisingly well for an italic
nib, and of course, bleeds through. Some of the others do as well (or as
bad) as Habanero, but still a bit too much for me. As expected, Scabiosa
performs well. Even though I used F/FA/EF some inks still bled through
too much (Navajo Turquoise, Syrah, Ambre de Birmanie, Bouquet d’Antan).
R&K Alt-bordeaux in the Studio with M-nib performed better, it would
most likely work fine in an F.
As an extra test, I made little patches of each colour. The Iroshizuku
had start issues even though I had used it minutes before (suspected
pen-issue, not the ink). The patches did not bleed.
Glitter pink gelly rolls have their place too. Also used the Sheaffer
Turquoise with the EF-nib I have for the 580. Worked better, but I think
the colour looks less cool.