This one is loooooong overdue, about three weeks, to be exact, due to my need to focus during a rather intensive quarter of MBA studies in which I had fallen somewhat behind. I struggled to balance studies, work and family, the latter usually suffering as I tried to keep on top of the former. I have actually been simply re-inking the same pens for the last month, and any posting I have done to FPN since the 2nd week of November has been like playing hooky from my life responsibilities.
Now, however, the papers and midterm in Business Law are behind me, and my team has worked our way up to first place in the Business Simulation Game last week. But delayed gratification only makes getting to the reward even more fun, and yesterday I was finally able to play with the inks and papers I had received as a PIF from Amberlea!
The PIF was an ideal "Holiday Primer" package, and included 5 sheets of fabulous FP friendly paper that she embellished with a festive red ribbon in the left margin using the ink she also sent, an exclusive mix that Amberlea has baptized as "Fire Diamond Dolomite."
Ever the generous soul, Amberlea also threw in some Black Swan in Australian Roses (old formula, which I had never tried before last night!) and some folded vellum card stock.
About the Fire Diamond Dolomite.... Wow! What an Ink! Amberlea, ditch your legal practice --you need to start bottling this stuff and expand the color line! It is clearly one of the most well-behaved inks I have ever used.
I wrote on cheap notebook paper, copier paper, the FP friendly paper from the PIF (see below) and various Christmas cards. In my Kaweco Classic Sport with fine nib, the ink performed flawlessly, with little to no feathering on the notebook paper. Drying times were less than 5 seconds on the copier paper, and under 10 seconds on the FP friendly paper.
A surprising feature of the ink was the fact that it is water resistant to a degree that I would rate as moderate to high! I just wasn't expecting that at all, but got tipped off to it after I decanted the both inks from the pipettes they came in and was rinsing them out. The Fire Diamond Dolomite pipette took many more rinses to clean out than the one the BSIAR came in.
Knowing that Fire Diamond Dolomite is water resistant, another pleasant surprise is how easy it is to start up the pen after 10 hours with the nib upright. Everyone knows reds can be finicky. They dry out quickly and tend to make otherwise well-behaved nibs become hard starters, but I have had no hard starting with this one at all. This morning I pulled the Sport out of the pen cup and the ink flowed just as if I had just filled the pen.
I am enamored with Fire Diamond Dolomite, and only wish I hadn't put it into a pen with a fine nib. To really appreciate the color, you need to run it through a pen that lays down more ink --my Kaweco Dia broad would have been a better choice than the Classic Sport F.
You can see the difference in the robustness of the red color between Amberlea's ribbon and my writing with my drier nib. In my Kaweco fine, the result I got was more of a vermillion red/ orange (a dead ringer for Iroshizuku Fuyu-gaki) , and when I wrote more slowly and exerted a little more pressure, I got a red out of it that nearly perfectly matched Diamine Poppy Red (see the samples next to the swabs below). These three inks would appear to be long lost cousins!
Thanks, Amberlea, for all of the goodies!
Edited by mknoblauch, 03 December 2014 - 22:11.