• Image of Col-o-ring "Oversize"
  • Image of Col-o-ring "Oversize"
  • Image of Col-o-ring "Oversize"
  • Image of Col-o-ring "Oversize"
  • Image of Col-o-ring "Oversize"

With the combined efforts of The Well-Appointed Desk and Skylab Letterpress, we put our heads together to create THE PERFECT INK TESTING BOOK, The Col-o-ring.

But how can you improve on the perfect ink testing book?

You OVERSIZE it.
You make it larger - almost 250% larger sheet size
You make it slimmer - but 80 square inches (per book) more paper than the Col-o-ring
You give it a durable spiral binding - like one big loopy ring!

Same great paper.

The Col-o-ring OVERSIZE.
Perfect for ink and all your mixed media needs.

Each A6-sized Col-o-ring OVERSIZE contains:
• 4”x 5.5” with die cut rounded corners
• 40 sheets of 100lb/160gsm acid-free bright, natural white, European paper
• slightly toothy paper but not enough to catch even the sharpest dip nib
• sturdy chipboard covers letterpress printed with a crisp application of "afterburner" black
• durable plastic spiral ring, perfect for back pockets or backpacks.

Paper has been rigorously tested to ensure that inks will not not feather, bleed or show through with a variety of wet or dry media.

Col-o-ring OVERSIZE are printed, assembled and designed in Kansas City. Paper was sourced from a local distributor. No animals were harmed in producing this product, though a few house cats may have been reprimanded.

The history:

Previously, many fountain pen users had been using Japanese flash card to test their inks. One product was pretty good, but wasn't perfect. It was discontinued a couple years ago and while many people had stockpiled a supply, many folks were starting to run low, myself included. So, my husband and I decided to make our own. We started looking for "the perfect paper" back in October of 2016. We finally chose this stock in January of 2017 and started designing our books. Picking the cover stock and the name was the next challenge. We chose chipboard and a retro-inspired name to keep the books timeless and open to whatever you need them to be.

We bring the "ring" – you bring the "color"!

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