Posts Tagged ‘Dinkie’

Before the crowd went madding…

Late last year, Nano came over to be with his sister Duende. He had no clothes. And then when he finally obtained said pieces of stitched-together fabric, they came in the shape of a mint-green terry cloth bird suit. So Nano decided to find an ink bottle to sit on. Here he is, perched on Caran d’Ache Amazon, a vivid green ink from the Colors of the Earth series.
One of the most appropriate actions to take with ink is to put it in a pen. At first, Nano looked down on Conway Stewart Dinkies. “Pah,” he grumbled, “these are mere colorful toothpicks, able only to hold a smudge of ink!” He changed his mind later on when he realized how striking they looked in pictures.
Nano is a Pen Guardian and Consumptive Poet, and he takes his vocation quite seriously. Even in a bird suit.

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Thanks to Andy, I have a purse perfume pen. As one who adores both fragrances and fountain pens, I’m glad its new home is with me. There are modern versions with felt tips, and casual googling reveals that both Bratz and Clinique market perfume pens, but nothing like this.

At first glance it looks like a Conway Stewart Dinkie, albeit fatter. Here it is with several Dinkies. The Moleskine beneath is five and a half inches long.

The material is a minty casein, speckled with lighter and darker greens. The cap unscrews to reveal a black plastic cone instead of a nib.

It works on the same principle as lever-filled fountain pens. Immerse the tip in fragrance, draw the lever down to create a vacuum within the sac and then release the lever. The fragrance is then held within the purse pen’s sac. To release the fragrance, draw the lever down slightly while the tip is near the skin. I doubt it will spray as much as drip, which is why I believe it better suited to oils.

One of the delightful idiosyncrasies of using fountain pens is matching the ink to the barrel color. Following the same thought, an oil version of Guerlain’s Vetiver, surely one of the most refreshing greens in fragrance history, or Diptyque’s ode to fig, Philosykos, would be perfect.

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