Sipping Mocha Cappuccino’s With Prospero and Miranda on the “Ile of Divels”: Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown Ink

“But this rough magic
I here abjure, and when I have required
Some heavenly music, which even now I do,
To work mine end upon their senses that
This airy charm is for, I’ll break my staff,
Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,
And deeper than did ever plummet sound
I’ll drown my book.”
— Prospero, “The Tempest”

I’m still looking. I’m working my way through the Browns, Chocolate ink sample package from Goulet Pens in search of an old-timey-looking fountain pen ink. Here’s what’s in the set:

De Atramentis Black Edition Black-Brown
Diamine Chocolate Brown
Diamine Macassar
Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown
Noodler’s #41 Brown
Noodler’s Brown
Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan
Noodler’s Walnut

After excursions with Noodler’s Walnut (already a full-bottle purchase) and De Atramentis Black Edition Black-Brown, it became Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown’s turn. I put it in a Lamy Safari with fine nib and set sail.

“This Airy Charm”

This ink does have a certain airy charm. But it is more airy than charming. It’s a light, caramel color. Almost terracotta. It’s mocha cappuccino. It’s nice in its own way, but it’s not what I’m looking for. A nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there. Which brings us to the “Ile of Divels.”

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