Papier Plume Pecan
In honor of Thanksgiving we’re treating ourselves to a pecan pie,
or perhaps just some pecan ink.
Papier Plume is a relatively new fountain pen ink brand. Based in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, their ink is produced in-house and covers a wide range of colors. Papier Plume Pecan comes in a short 50ml glass bottle with a label on the lid that indicates the color. It’s a cute and compact bottle, and at $12, it’s well priced. This review was done with a Edison Beaumont EF, Lamy Studio B and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
Papier Plume Pecan is a sepia tawny color that has a very vintage look. In a finer nib there wasn’t much shading, but the ink shaded nicely in a broader nib. When it did shade, the color encompassed the spectrum of colors in Pecan nut; from the lighter washed out brown of the shell to the rich hickory color of the nut itself. The ink goes on considerably darker than it dries and it is matte with no sheen.
I was impressed with the overall characteristics of the ink. The flow was good and there was no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. While the saturation was low, the dry times were good at around 15-25 seconds. Pecan exhibited some water resistance; the color washed out, but the words were still legible. If all Papier Plume inks perform this well, I look forward to reviewing more.
Initially I was not a fan of Pecan. I thought it was washed out and kind of bland. Having spent the better part of a week with it, and filled numerous pages, it’s become a favorite brown of mine. Whatever you write looks like something written by grandma in the 1940’s – which is to say, vintage looking. It’s a fantastic color to draw with and is easily legible for everyday use.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the color for you.
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