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#1 dandelion

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 19:52

This has become my favourite standard blue. Dark, vibrant, luscious - like a classic red wine (if it wasn't blue and an ink). Unfortunately - for the Midnight - it has unseated the Diamine Midnight as closest-to-the-perfect-dark-blue. I almost feel sorry for the Midnight. The Midnight is a very handsome ink, but this is something special. Unfortunately the smearing test didn't scan well. The drying time is fast - 5-7 s. A very well behaved, non-feathering, delicious blue.

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 20:19

A great review, and you have chosen some interesting inks for comparison. Interesting because they are on my list of possible purchases.

I like the colour but I have to say I am not happy with the ink. I have quite a few Diamine inks and I have more problems with poor flow with Majestic Blue than with any of the others. It seems more prone to clogging.

However, I think I must have a poor batch because I have heard nothing but praise for this ink.


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Posted 06 November 2009 - 20:25

Thanks for the review. Have you tried thoroughly flushing it out yet? If so, how obstinate is it?
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 20:46

Thanks for the review. Have you tried thoroughly flushing it out yet? If so, how obstinate is it?


It is easier than I expected. A dream compared with Diamine WES Imperial Blue. Maybe it is the lack of Magenta that makes it rather easy to flush. I haven't noticed any proneness for clogging - on the contrary I was happy that this is such a sweet and kind ink in my more picky pens. Thanks for compliments.
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 20:49

I really like your review, Dandelion! Very pretty blues. And I like your handwriting. And the little drawings!

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 20:51

Nice color but far too slow drying & feathering for me.

Also, one drop of water will make diamine majestic totally disappear.

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 21:50

Nice color but far too slow drying & feathering for me.

Usually these two traits run in opposition to each other. Most quick drying inks are quite prone to feathering and vice-versa.
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 22:09

Nice color but far too slow drying & feathering for me.

Usually these two traits run in opposition to each other. Most quick drying inks are quite prone to feathering and vice-versa.


Yes, I agree with you. When I use it on higher quality paper like rhodia it tends to not feather at all, but takes even longer to dry (the ink just stays there for a bit until it dries)

Still a nice color, my signature was written with it

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 23:42

I love the color, but it does tend to dry up in my pens more quickly than other Diamine inks. I had it in an Aurora 88p and it only took a week for the ink to dry up. It's the only ink that's ever dried out in the pen, which has seen a range of Aurora, Waterman, Diamine, Pilot Iroshizuku inks.

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 23:59

Nice color but far too slow drying & feathering for me.

Usually these two traits run in opposition to each other. Most quick drying inks are quite prone to feathering and vice-versa.


Yes, I agree with you. When I use it on higher quality paper like rhodia it tends to not feather at all, but takes even longer to dry (the ink just stays there for a bit until it dries)

Still a nice color, my signature was written with it


Interesting that your experiences differ from mine. Maybe I got a "good batch". I used it on various paper - both Rhodia (web notebook 80 g m2 - crappy and feathering prone) ordinary copy paper (eq to HP) and other paper, etc and it has behaved very kind with respect to feathering. The drying time was estimated in the Rhodia web notebook and I haven't noticed an especially long drying time using other paper/pen combos. So, I am a bit puzzled. I'll get back if my experiences of Majestic change. Thanks for input and for positive response! And, Henry Louis, for adding that the water resistance equates zero.

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 00:51

Those non-waterproof or non-water-resistant inks may be good for a journal where you plant your hot and steamy thoughts (or adventures) on. Should you want to "erase" your journal, you just need to toss it in the toilet for the quick kill. The Diamine Majestic ink has it purpose. :)
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 07:30

I love the color, but it does tend to dry up in my pens more quickly than other Diamine inks. I had it in an Aurora 88p and it only took a week for the ink to dry up. It's the only ink that's ever dried out in the pen, which has seen a range of Aurora, Waterman, Diamine, Pilot Iroshizuku inks.


Pengrump, I had exactly the same experience with my 88P. Majestic Blue was the first ink I put in the pen so I was worried I had a dodgy pem. But I swaped the ink for Quink Black and had no problems.

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 15:42

I love the color too, but I find that it's difficult to rinse out of my pens. So I only use it in certain ones.

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 21:52

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 15:51

Demonstrating the meaning of YMMV:
I just emptied a MB 149 of Majestic ink: no remaining stain in the inkview.
Also, neither feathering nor slow drying time than the usual suspects.
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 23:38

Demonstrating the meaning of YMMV:
I just emptied a MB 149 of Majestic ink: no remaining stain in the inkview.
Also, neither feathering nor slow drying time than the usual suspects.
gary


Nice to hear that someone else share my trouble free experience of the Majestic. I actually started to wonder if I had been too positive...It is interesting that the experience - based on experience - can vary so much.
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Posted 13 November 2009 - 04:31

Demonstrating the meaning of YMMV:
I just emptied a MB 149 of Majestic ink: no remaining stain in the inkview.
Also, neither feathering nor slow drying time than the usual suspects.
gary

Nice to hear that someone else share my trouble free experience of the Majestic. I actually started to wonder if I had been too positive...It is interesting that the experience - based on experience - can vary so much.

I keep it loaded in a red auroloide Aurora Optima. After three months of the pen being continuously filled with Majestic Blue, I emptied and cleaned the pen as a test.

No difficulty removing the ink.

No staining.

I will do periodic tests of increasingly longer times between flushing, but don't expect any problems.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 08:27

Demonstrating the meaning of YMMV:
I just emptied a MB 149 of Majestic ink: no remaining stain in the inkview.
Also, neither feathering nor slow drying time than the usual suspects.
gary


Nice to hear that someone else share my trouble free experience of the Majestic. I actually started to wonder if I had been too positive...It is interesting that the experience - based on experience - can vary so much.



I don’t think your review is too positive. It is a very good review of a lovely coloured ink. It is just I have had a few flow problems with dry pens. I use Majestic blue in other pens and I have not noticed any staining problems.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 14:51

Also, one drop of water will make diamine majestic totally disappear.


Hi,

actually not. This is a pretty water resistant ink. Not to the level of the
noodlers bullet proof for sure, but it stays put on the page reasonably
well. I tried a wash test on cheap copy paper and on my notebook at work.

Cheers

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 16:35

Also, one drop of water will make diamine majestic totally disappear.


Hi,

actually not. This is a pretty water resistant ink. Not to the level of the
noodlers bullet proof for sure, but it stays put on the page reasonably
well. I tried a wash test on cheap copy paper and on my notebook at work.

Cheers

Adrian

Can anyone else back this up? If so, I may have to order this ink!
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