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#1 DanielCoffey

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 18:30

INK : DIAMINE APPLE GLORY

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 Apple Glory is a moderately saturated bright green with moderate shading potential. It looked better on bright white paper rather than ivory or cream.

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

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And a close-up of the shading. It shows its shading best on smooth papers such as Rhodia or Clairefontaine Triomphe but drops the shading completely on more absorbent copy paper...

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As expected, this ink is not at all water resistant but then Diamine never said it was. This ink washes readily and completely off the paper leaving almost no visible remains...

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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 10-15s. 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 moderate despite the ink being fairly wet. It did not feel thin.

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

#2 Uncle Red

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 19:25

Thank you for another great review.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 19:45

Yes, a great revisew. Funny how some greens are exactly what they were claimed to represent (as re colour). The differences are infinitesimal.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:33

Thank you!
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 15:19

Nice Review......I have this ink and Love it!
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 15:23

Thank you for another great review. :thumbup:
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#7 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 20:23

great review :thumbup:
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:05

This reminds me a bit of the old Sheaffer Emerald from the 1980s.

Has anyone compared this ink against NOS Sheaffer, or other bright greens like Quink, Pelikan, and Lamy?

#9 DanielCoffey

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:35

While this is a bit new to have any comparisons, look in the Ink Comparisons forum and search for GREEN.

Try these to start with...

http://www.fountainp...tion-and-swabs/

http://www.fountainp...nd-performance/

http://www.fountainp...and-really-old/

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:59

Wow this looks delicious.

#11 dcpritch

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:25

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#12 DanielCoffey

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:03

Awesome!

Thanks for the hand-written comment... well-scanned REAL writing samples are very useful for folks choosing inks.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 20:13

While normally not a huge green fan. This green does tempt me so. I must have it. See what you have done Daniel? Hope you are happy. On a side note If ink peddlers had such great samples of their inks, they would be selling their inky goodness like hotcakes. HINT! Now I must go end relieve my wallet of its heavy burden.

#14 meghan

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:36

Pitter patter! I love this!

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