A little bit of history The tribes living at the edges of the old Empire (the Roman one) may or may not have ever referred to themselves as the Keltoi, but the name rather stuck nevertheless. Successive waves of invasion and colonisation (by Romans, Saxons, Vikings, and Normans) pushed these Gaelic and Brythonic language groups to the north and to the west, in the areas we know today as Ireland, the western isles of Scotland, much of Wales and Cornwall – and since Pure Pens is based in one of those areas (just about), it was a natural inspiration for naming their new ink collection. We couldn’t wait to get our pens loaded…How it looks Cadwaladr is a rich red, with plenty of character.Celtic Sea is a pleasing blue, with lots of maritime presence.
Somewhere between mustard yellow and light brown, Pendine Sands takes the shading trophy.
Porthcurno summons up the water of a Cornish bay, if you’re lucky with the weather.
Llanberis Slate is a civilised grey with the teeniest hint of purple.
Saltire Blue is the shade of the Scottish flag, of course.
From the second wave of these inks, Glens of Antrim is a light bright green.
There needed to be a teal in there somewhere, and Cwm Idwal gives a good dark turquoise.
Flower of Scotland, finally, contributes the essential purple.
Crucially, how it writes… It does the job well, with no dryness issues reported – and we put it in an awful lot of different pens, between us.
Ink! What is it good for? These are fun inks, and fun is probably what they’re best for. But Saltire and Llanberis could probably be sneaked into the office if you’re feeling naughty, and maybe even Flower of Scotland too.
VFM £6.99 for 60ml – no complaints there.
If this isn’t quite your cup of tea, but almost… Take a look at the ranges from Beaufort Inks and Mabie Todd, which have a not wildly dissimilar provenance, shall we say.
Our overall recommendation This is a good range of inks from a serious niche fountain pen retailer, at a decent price, and most tastes are catered for somewhere in the range. What’s not to like?
Where to get hold of some Direct from the source!
This meta-review references:
- Scribble’s review of the whole range
- Nick’s reviews of the first wave and second wave
- Ant’s review of the first wave
- The Clumsy Penman’s review of the first wave
Thanks to Pure Pens for kindly sending us a whole heap of samples.