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- The ink I used may be compared to the 'official' depiction on the Diamine site. LINK
- Though Wiki is mute on "Misty Blue" as a colour, Dorothy Moore graces us with her interpretation. LINK
Swabs & Swatch
Depicts nibs' down-stroke line-width and pens' relative wetness.
Distance between feint vertical pencil lines is 25mm.
L → R: Pilot, M200, Skyline, 330, Max, Safari.
Paper Base Tints:
L → R: HPJ1124, Rhodia, G Lalo, Royal, Staples.
WRITTEN SAMPLES - Moby Dick
Paper: G Lalo.
Smear/Dry Times & Wet Tests.
Bleed- Show-Through on Staples 20lb.
Change of Appearance.
- In a prior Review of this ink by Member DanielCoffey LINK, there was mention that DMBl "lightens significantly" shortly after writing, and up to one day hence. Such was my experience.
- Upon posting this Topic, it was evident that the images I produced were not satisfactory, so were deleted. As time & tides permit, another set will be generated, then posted within this thread.
- Simple dye-based fountain pen ink.
- Available when Topic posted.
- When a low-chroma Green-leaning Blue is desired.
(From the office of Ms Blue-Black.)
- Possible for general business use, though it has neither animation or gravitas.
- May be just the thing for routine correspondence that does not require special handling or high priority - an "all's well" ink - yet I do not recall seeing a similar colour used in a business office, so it may not go entirely unnoticed. (?)
- For personal work product, it does offer a pleasant writing experience, though I would enhance readability by running it at fairly high density and suppress the shading.
- Highly unlikely to be mimicked by ballpoint, rollerball, etc.
- Line quality is up to the task of teeny-tiny marginalia from slightly dry hair's-breadth nibs.
- Will do the necessary for dedicated forms work.
- A possible for mark-up or editing of Black-printed material, but lacks ⚡zap⚡ for error correction or marking.
N.B. Change of colour/density is evident. That may be a deal-breaker if one cannot previsualise the ink's final appearance.
- Seems most suitable as a ground or transitional colour.
- The low chroma may be useful on charts/graphs for items that occupy a large amount of space, but are not particularly important.
- If shading can be suppressed, line quality supports generating labels & taut narrow lines.
- As a watercolour, it has little water resistance, and colour appears to be quite uniform, so may be suitable for washes and reworking with a wet brush, though it may well leave an indistinct artefact.
- A possible choice for general notes, though water resistance is negligible, hence requires one to safeguard what was written.
- A reasonable choice for assignments, but may be just outside the prescribed 'Blue or Black' inks.
- No doubt.
- A pleasant step aside from my usual Blue to Blue-Black inks.
- Certainly possible for pro forma personal business writing, but for that bumph I'd choose yet another of those default Blues. (Lamy Blue has taken to lurking.)
- The interesting colour, shading, and roomy performance envelope combine to make DMBl one of those inks that is likely to be under the radar of those who prefer a saturated line and snappy high chroma colours, such as PR American Blue & Noodler's Batstate Blue.
- I like the easy-on-the-eye aspect and fluid nature of the ink, which rolls along with modest inertia.
- A bit too dark for breathless blurtings or featherweight chatter; better suited to the longer letter rather than a despatch.
- I continue to explore this ink using various pens & papers. At this time I prefer extremes of either narrow pale lines or wide dark lines.
- Shaped and flexi nibs do quite well indeed, though in my hand I prefer the results from Stubs rather than the sharper Italic nibs.
- When the ink is pale, I sense a somewhat vintage character, and Misty Blue lives up to its name.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS
- Just a bit wet.
- Not noticed.
- With confidence.
- Really quite pleasant.
- Writing on the hard textured G Lalo was fine, even with an EF nib.
- Wide wet nibs on the smoooth Rhodia remained sure-footed.
- Not seen.
- Not seen after three days.
- Not seen.
- Seems unlikely.
- Staples: 330.
- HPJ1124: M200, NNPS.
- Royal: M200, NNPS.
- More than an iota on the Royal.
- (See HiRes image below.)
- Very faint.
- Not objectionable.
- Not evident.
- Very fast and thorough with plain water.
- No stated prohibitions.
- Not claimed.
- Gently flowing.
- A bit low.
- Feint lines on Rhodia were not consistently over-written.
- Very good.
- Very nice indeed.
- Overcame the challenge of the hard textured G Lalo.
- Can spread a bit at peak ink volume: during shading and the end of a strong down-stroke.
- Pen+nib combos used:
- About as expected, considering the exceptionally wide range of pens used.
- Papers used:
- Slightly more than expected.
- Interestingly high and nuanced.
- A bit tricky due to the change of appearance over time, which makes generating a [large] folio of samples a good idea.
- Changes to both pen and paper can alter the Look from soft and ephemeral to strong and firm, largely by changing the ink density through choice of pen wetness.
- DMBl has a roomy performance envelope that withstands significant changes to pen and paper without delivering an unacceptable result, though one's sensitivity to bleed- show-through should be considered.
- Shading is quite prevalent, though not so predictable. e.g. The soft Script nib of the Elite generated pleasant shading on HPJ1124, but the Skyline generated very little shading - even on Rhodia. (?!?)
- To avoid unwanted colour-shift when the ink is pale, the paper base-tint needs to be taken into account .
- DMBl opens the door to a pleasant writing experience on hard textured paper, even from narrow nibs, giving us shading and high line quality - no mean feat.
Originals are 60x30mm.
All are thumbnails.
Elite on HPJ1124:
Skyline on Rhodia:
330 on G. Lalo:
NNPS on Royal:
This Review includes the same Written Sample format and some pen+paper combos as most of my previous Reviews of Blue inks. Consequently, ad hoc comparisons through manipulation of browser windows is supported.
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L → R: R&K Blau permanent, Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue, Pilot Blue, Pilot iroshizuku syo-ro.
- Smooth crisp whites.
- Any that cannot suppress bleed- show-through.
- Wet writers should be set aside if two-sided use is required or if one is adverse to a few freckles on the
- Seems to shrug-off the 'haze' from OBAs.
- Not convinced.
- Perhaps the very pale / pastel tints.
- If one gets to exploring this ink's potential, high-end papers extend the range considerably.
- Not quite - a bit too low key.
- Unlikely from yours truly.
- The Maxima on Rhodia.
- I do like the high % coverage from the wide nib, combined with the high density and shading.
- The Rhodia keeps the wide wet line very crisp, and suppresses bleed-through.
- The base-tint is just a bit warm, which increased the colour contrast while lowering the tonal contrast.
- A most welcome newcomer to my inky array, which certainly earned one square inch of shelf space.
- Ah kushbaby, for those times when something relaxing yet a bit intriguing might pique your interest?
NUTS BOLTS & BOILERPLATE
- Written Samples:
A. Pilot Elite + 18K Script nib. ♥ LINK
B. Pelikan M200 + g-p steel EF nib.
C. Eversharp Skyline + 14K nib.
D. Sheaffer 330 + steel M nib.
E. Parker England Duofold Maxima + № 50 14K nib. LINK
F. Non-Nudist Pink Safari + goosed 1.1 steel nib.
- Lines & labels:
Diamine Eau de Nil from a Pilot Penmanship + XF nib.
- HPJ1124: Hewlett-Packard laser copy/print, 24lb.
- Rhodia: satin finish vellum, 80gsm.
- G Lalo Verge de France: natural white, laid, 100gsm.
- Royal: 25% cotton, laser/inkjet copy/print, 'letterhead', 90gsm.
- Staples: house brand multi-use copy/print, USD4/ream, bears FSC logo, 20lb.
- Pulp: Calendar page.
- An Epson V600 scanner was used with the bundled Epson s/w at factory default settings to produce low-loss jpg files.
- Figures shown were scanned at 200 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Hi-Res Images linked were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- No post-capture manipulation of scanner output was done, other than dumb-down by Epson, Photobucket & IP.Board s/w, and one's viewing gear.
Densitometer Readings on HPJ1124:
- Red 115
- Grn 156
- Blu 205
- Lum 157
The accuracy and relevance of this Review depends in great part upon consistency and reliability of matériel used.
Ink does not require labelling/notice to indicate (changes in) formulation, non-hazardous ingredients, batch ID, date of manufacture, etc.
As always, YMMV, not only from materials, methods, environment, etc., but also due to differences between the stuff I used and that you may have; and manner of working.
Also, I entrust readers to separate opinion from fact; to evaluate inferences and conclusions as to their merit; and to be amused by whatever tickles your fancy.
Tags: Fountain Pen Ink Review Sandy1 Diamine Misty Blue Pale Blue
Edited by Sandy1, 15 December 2012 - 11:22.