Anahuac – L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio ink

L’Artisan Pastellier is french ink / calligraphy materials producers. They offer two lines of inks suitable for fountain pens: Callifolio (inks made for fountain pens, neutral PH and so on) and Encres Classiques.

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L’Artisan Pastellier inks don’t get much love or attention here. I understand this as they’re not easily obtainable. You may buy them directly from the producer’s on-line/stationery boutique.

L’Artisan Pastellier inks cab be bought in nice triangular glass bottles (40 ml), packs alu (60 ml) and small bottles (30 ml). The 36 colors are:

  1. Anahuac
  2. Bleu Atlantique
  3. Bleu Azur
  4. Bleu Equinoxe 5
  5. Bleu Equinoxe 6
  6. Bleu Mediterrannee
  7. Bleu Pacifique
  8. Baikal
  9. Bosphore
  10. Botany bay
  11. Cannelle
  12. Grenat
  13. Gris de Payne
  14. Havane
  15. Heure Doree
  16. Inca Sol
  17. Inti
  18. Itzamna
  19. Noir
  20. Oconto
  21. Olivastre
  22. Omi Osun
  23. Sepia
  24. Teodora
  25. Violet

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Let’s start with the name – Anáhuac is/was a historical and cultural region of Aztec Mexico. The name in Nahuatl translates as “Land on the Edge of the Water” the original Anáhuac of the Aztecs was the part of the Mesa Central of Mexico, an area about 80 km long by 30 miles 50 km wide, with an average elevation of 2,300 metres. The valley contained five interlocking lakes (Zumpango, Xaltocan, Texcoco, Xochimilco, and Chalco), in the midst of which stood Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City), the Aztec capital, linked to the mainland by three long causeways.

I find it pretty nice that there’s quite a lot of historical and geographical references in Callifolio names. But name, no matter how good, won’t save bad ink. Happily Anahuac isn’t one of those.

It’s very nice ink that in right pen can give rich shading and great hue. Bear in mind however that most of this inks weren’t made with dry fountain pens in mind. In dry nibs Anahuac will look somewhat flat. In my Kaweco Skyline double broad it looks great. The ink is watery and the lubrication is so-so. All in all I consider Anahuac to be very nice ink with quite unique color.

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Chromatography

Software ID

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Color range

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 Tomoe River, Omas 360 Burkina, Medium nib
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 Leuchtturm 1917, Lamy Al-Star, B
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Fantastic paper, Kaweco Skyline Sport, double broad nib

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Calendar, Kaweco Skyline Sport, double broad nib

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Franklin-Christoph notebook, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
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