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#1 DanielCoffey

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 14:07

INK : DIAMINE EAU DE NIL

PAPER : RHODIA #16 A5 white lined

PEN : Onoto Magna 261 Medium nib tweaked for wet flow by John Sorowka (Oxonian).

Scanner : IT8-calibrated Epson V600 flatbed
Colour Space : Adobe RGB
Matte : 50% grey and 100% white
Post-process : Unsharp Mask


Diamine Eau De Nil is a moderately saturated mid-blue/green/turquoise with shading potential...

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Here is a close-up of the swab...

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And a close-up of the shading. Shading with this ink is good on smooth papers but subdued on copy paper...

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Unusually for a Diamine, this ink is actually usefully water-resistant. While a fair amount of the blue will be released by the water, the dusty lines of the grid below means that anything that gets a serious soaking will still be visible to salvage when blotted and dried...

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DRYING TIMES : The writing tests above were done in a VERY wet medium nib that had just been cleaned. Drying times on Xerox 90gsm were in the order of 10s. Rhodia and G Lalo Vergé dried around 30s and Clairefontaine Triomphe took a good 45s.

SMEARING : None observed.

BLEEDTHROUGH : Some bleed through may be expected on copy papers with wet or fat nibs. I would not expect bleeding on dry or fine nibs or when the ink is used on a good quality paper. Given the wet nib I used above, I recorded the following... Xerox 90gsm had moderate bleed through and some feathering. Rhodia had no bleed through and no feathering. Clairefontaine Triomphe had no bleed through or feathering. G Lalo Vergé had no bleed through or feathering.

FLOW AND LUBRICATION : Flow for this ink seems to be high. I suspect even a dry fine nib will put down a very good line. Lubrication was excellent and meant that this ink gave a good writing experience with a nice tight line.

CLEANING : The ink did not stick to the insides of the converter and was easy to clean. A bulb syringe will be useful here. There was no staining observed.

#2 The Good Captain

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 14:16

Another nice review. Although not in my favourite colour range, the water resistance is an interesting feature.

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#3 DanielCoffey

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 14:36

It shows the same dark-blue circle on a kitchen-paper drip-test as the others that left traces of the grid too. There must be one dye that Diamine use that is more stubborn with water than others and Eau de Nil has a fair squirt of it.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 14:40

Great thoughtful review ... Thanks for posting ...

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 20:06

When I tried EdN I thought it was almost too wet to use in almost all my pens, in my driest writing pen I still think it's too wet. If you like a wet ink this could be for you if you prefer a little less ink on the page I'd avoid it unless the colour sings to you.

Daniel I've noticed a few of these recent Diamine new colour reviews you've done say the inks are quite wet do you think the new range are generally a bit wetter than the older inks? I'd be interested to see if it's a change Diamine are making to their formulas or if it's just the newer one(s).

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 20:48

Thanks for your review, Daniel. Your mentioning Eau de Nil's slight similarity to Teal prompted me to look up your review of the latter from a few months ago. In it you don't mention whether Teal is at all water resistant. Could you perhaps comment on how, in your experience, it compares to Eau de Nil in that category?

#7 DanielCoffey

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 21:06

Mr Clegg - I have found that the majority of the new Diamines are smoother to write with than the older ranges... more lubrication. I wonder if this is also manifesting in the wetness of the ink somehow? My Onoto is set up for wet flow intentionally and I am finding with these new Diamines I can write fast, smoothly and without skipping. It is a nice experience, even on Laid paper!

asdf - I didn't check any of the older inks for water resistance I am afraid. I only started doing that with the new ones since there were fewer reviews. I had a clearout when I got the new samples and let all my older inks go through the PIF and to a local FPN member who collected the bottled ones. I am afraid the Teal 30ml sample I had is now in Pakistan and out of my reach. I know folks like Sandy1 always do a water test so you may have to look up other reviews.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:23

I don't have this ink, but I must say it reminds me of a (less-saturated) Private Reserve Blue Suede.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 12:13

That's done it. :rolleyes: :headsmack:

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#10 DanielCoffey

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 12:16

*tries to pretend to look guilty and fails*

Oh... my bad!

(which is an expression I hate... the in-built Grammar-Fairy keeps wanting to add "Your bad what?")

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 00:21

Thanks for these reviews! I've ordered samples of Eau de Nil, Misty Blue, Sargasso Sea, and Bilberry. I'm most excited about Eau de Nil. It looks like a bluer version of Iroshizuku Syo-ro and a lighter version of Ku-jaku. I'm looking forward to comparing them.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:49

Thanks for these reviews! I've ordered samples of Eau de Nil, Misty Blue, Sargasso Sea, and Bilberry. I'm most excited about Eau de Nil. It looks like a bluer version of Iroshizuku Syo-ro and a lighter version of Ku-jaku. I'm looking forward to comparing them.


Eau de Nil is very similar to Ku-jaku, in my opinion, but I find Eau de Nil more subdued and flatter. At least with a medium nib. But it's a still a very nice ink and a good value. I like it.