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Camels Arriving in the Post

Posted by Dirck on 19 May, 2011

Well– Camel inks.  I got a couple of bottles, along with some Chelpark inks… which appear to not have their own website. Both are manufactured in India, and as they’re profoundly not available here the chance at a lot containing some of both was one I jumped at.

I’m struck by how similar the Chelpark bottle is to previous generations of Quink, including a mysterious science ingredient.  Chelpark has “Cleen-X”, which claims to clean one’s pen in four ways, just like Parker’s “Solv-X”.  I’m also interested to see that in naming the additive as they have, they aren’t just invoking the vanished Parker ingredient, but also a facial tissue.  “I could use some Cleen-X” starts to become very context reliant….

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Legacy
Today’s ink: Herbin’s Poussière de Lune

3 Responses to “Camels Arriving in the Post”

  1. Let us know how you like that Camel ink. I’ve never heard of Chelpark… where did you pick these up??

    • The ever-popular eBay, from some chap in the US. The curiosity was abetted by the presence of a partial “shoe” bottle of Pelikan Fount-India; the ink I’m apt to fling, given the slightly troubling injunctions on the label (I don’t have a pen I consider sufficiently disposable to try it in), but the bottle will be the very place for some Herbin or other.

      I’ve a very vague and peripheral memory of having heard of a Chelpark pen, but they do seem at pains to keep themselves obscure.

    • Here’s a protracted delay; the Camel inks are rather nice. The red is a little pale but non-cloggy, the royal blue a very fine medium blue not unlike Waterman’s Florida Blue. Neither is given to feathering, either. I’ve just found a source to get at them, too. The same source stocks Chelpark, but I’m less taken with them (although my wife points out that emeralds are, in fact, a pale green).

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