I love surprises. So when Goldspot Pens offered their Sping “Mystery Dip” I jumped at the chance to try it out…and I was not disappointed. The “Dip” turned out to be a spectacular collection of ink samples, 9 to be exact, accompanied by a J.Herbin Glass dip pen, an Eccolo journal and a fun J. Herbin Medieval Writing set. Also thrown in was a Harry Potter House button to go with the “magic” theme. I got Ravenclaw FTW.
I was very excited to try out the Glass pen having never used one before. And, with my ink sample collection growing exponentially, this offered me the best way to test my inks without the inking-cleaning cycle.
Simply dipping the glass pen into the sample bottles and writing a bit was so much fun. Instant gratification! The pen writes very scratchy as should be expected I imagine from a glass tip. I have read you can smooth it out with micromesh. The channels in the glass nib hold enough ink for a couple of lines, but I think that also depends on the absorbency of the paper you are using. This pen was a most welcomed addition to my collection.
The nine 2ml ink samples included in the “Dip” are as follows:
- J. Herbin Rouge Opera
- J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen
- J. Herbin Vert Empire
- J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir
- J. Herbin Caroube dr Chypre
- Diamine Magical Forest
- Diamine Lilac Satin
- Diamine Blue Lighting
- Noodler’s Blue Ghost (plus a UV flashlight so you can see the ink)
This isn’t an ink review, so if you are interested in that I am sure you can find reviews online. I will say that this is a nice selection of inks and 6 of them were new to me.
Overall I liked the “Dip”. Since most of the inks were new to me it was nice to try and I really like the surprise.
The Glass pen and journal were the standouts and most useful. The Medieval Writing set was snatched by my daughter, which is good as I would most likely never use it.
I’ve calculated the value to be ~$77 worth of goods, making the $57 price tag a good deal. However, taking into account I wouldn’t use the Medieval Writing set, it’s a wash.
Will I get another “Mystery Dip”? Absolutely! I was very happy with this one and the Fall dip before it. Besides, Goldspot offers a full refund it you aren’t happy, so there is nothing to loose.
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I purchased this with my own funds and am not compensated in anyway for this review. Opinions are my own.