Diamine Eau De Nil
Posted 09 June 2012 - 14:07
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...
Here is a close-up of the swab...
And a close-up of the shading. Shading with this ink is good on smooth papers but subdued on copy paper...
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...
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.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 14:16
The Good Captain
"Meddler's 'Salamander' - almost as good as the real thing!"
Posted 09 June 2012 - 14:36
Posted 09 June 2012 - 20:06
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).
Witch Hunt - Neil Peart
Posted 09 June 2012 - 20:48
Posted 09 June 2012 - 21:06
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.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:23
Posted 10 June 2012 - 12:13
Resignedly adds to her growing shopping list.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 12:16
Oh... my bad!
(which is an expression I hate... the in-built Grammar-Fairy keeps wanting to add "Your bad what?")
Posted 11 June 2012 - 00:21
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.