Please take a moment to adjust your gear to accurately depict the Grey Scale below.
As the patches are neutral grey, that is what you should see.
Swabs & Swatch
Paper: HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
Depicts nibs' line-width and pens' relative wetness.
Pens: L ➠ R: PCP, S21, 530, 330, Phileas & Safari.
WRITTEN SAMPLES - Moby Dick
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
Paper: Royal - 25% rag.
Paper: Clairefontaine Triomphe
Paper: Staples 20 lb. multi-use
Paper: Pulp. One-a-Day calendar page.
Wet Tests. ☂
- Dye-based fountain pen ink.
- Available when Topic posted.
- Quite likely.
- When a warm stable Dark Blue is desired.
(From the office of Ms Blue-Black.)
- There is gravitas aplenty in the wee bottle, so could be used for all communication if so desired.
- Unlike some dark inks, DDen has just enough warmth to make the use of a more convivial Medium Blue an optional extra. But a more energetic Blue may come in handy. e.g. Herbin Eclat de Saphir.
- Well suited to all manner of personal work product.
- Really not suited for mark-up or editing, nor error correction / grading of assignments.
- Seems to invite application by brush and other non-FP implements.
- DDen is a possible candidate for stable figures; and if well diluted, it could serve as a ground.
- May also do well as a transitional colour from Dark Blue to Purple.
- While it could be used as a foil to colours approaching Dark Teal, that use seems a bit clumsy or somehow overstretched. (?)
- Line quality remained high on all papers used - even the non-absorbent textured G Lalo! Consequently, that attribute combined with the general lack of appreciable shading makes DDen a very good option when executing tight narrow lines, diagrams, labels, crosshatching, etc.
- While the appearance of the ink is well suited to many tasks, it seems rather likely that bleed- show-through may prevent using both sides of low-cost paper unless a dry-ish [narrow] nib is used.
- The water resistance does not inspire confidence, so one should safeguard work where DDen was used.
- However, if such shortcomings are acceptable, then it would be a nice step away from a default Dark Blue ink.
- Should be considered for hand-written assignments.
- Well, I'm yet to be convinced.
- DDen is too too close to my business daily writer ink, the discontinued Parker Quink Permanent BlBk with SOLV-X. Yet when I had but one pen and that ink, I used it for all purposes - setting aside Quink Permanent Blue and even Turquoise!
- Obviously DDen is a new ink, so I have yet to fully explore those inviting tones.
- For personal pro forma business writing, DDen may be too nice - use-up the Diamine Indigo instead.
- I would certainly not rule-out DDen for 'personal' personal writing, but it would have to slip into something more comfortable and bring something special to the party.
- If I were to receive personal correspondence written with this ink, I would think a certain something was left out. (Am I too fussy? Or just over-caffeinated and jet-lagged?)
- Suitable for use in a casual carry pen.
- As ever, when there is little shading, an ink seems to invite the use of shaped nibs to add some line variation. And the stable nature of the ink seems to invite experimentation. *goes to ink-up the Sailor+Zoom*
- The high line quality and good flow make DDen a good pairing with very narrow nibs.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS
- Not seen.
- With confidence.
- Quite good.
- Seemed a bit 'thick' - muffling nib feedback.
- Not seen.
- Not seen, though contact time was brief.
- Not seen.
- Given the flow rate, it seems unlikely.
- HPJ1124: 530, 330, Safari.
- Royal: 330, Safari.
- Staples 20lb.: 330
- Pulp: Inconsequential.
- Not seen.
- (I've lowered my standards.)
- Very faint.
- Not evident.
- About normal speed with plain water.
- No stated prohibitions.
- Slight dilution may be considered as a means to reduce bleed- show-through, and to open-up the ink just a bit.
- Not claimed.
- As shown in Figure 10 above.
- Not quite all-business.
- Reminiscent of a person who quietly tells a brief tasteful joke in a crowded elevator - causing some who overhear to ride beyond their intended floor.
- Only a few samples showed slight variation in density. (See the 330 on HPJ1124.) Yet some shading was seen from the dip pen on Clarefontaine (!), so the Phileas was used to generate another FP sample, which showed that DDen can produce subtle shading. (See HiRes scan below.)
- Not seen - even with the use of a dip pen on Clairefontaine Triomphe; that single low-saturation instance should not dissuade others to go for the glitter and glow.
- Pen+nib combos used:
- Not so much - typical of a moderately saturated dark ink.
- Papers used:
- Quite low.
- The consistency of The Look across the wide variety of pens and papers encourages one to consider DDen for use as a daily writer ink.
† Avoid such inspection in departure lounges or other similar security/sanity zones. Trust me on this one, OK? See Post № 3 LINK
Originals are 60x30mm.
PCP on HPJ1124
530 on Rhodia
330 on G Lalo
Safari on Royal
Phileas on Clairefontaine Triomphe
Is the name appropriate?
- Profoundly vague - ink has nothing to do with cloth. LINK
- The Diamine ink-naming crew team scored an own goal with 'Denim'.
- It seems that 'Indigo' was taken. LINK
- Diamine site sample is a reasonable depiction. LINK
- Pre-release sample graciously posted by fuchsiaprincess in Inky Thoughts: Post № 69 LINK
- To enable ad hoc comparison, my Reviews of Blue inks from August 10 2010 onward share the same Written Sample layout, atrocious handwriting, and some papers & pens. Manipulation of web browser windows supports simultaneous viewing of Written Samples of several inks. That said, if you feel a specific aspect deserves to be depicted/documented as a stand-alone Topic or Post, your PM will be welcomed.
From Left to Right: Herbin Bleu Nuit, Cd'A Blue Night, OMAS Blue, Parker Quink Blue-Black with SOLV-X (discontinued).
- I like the cooler whites.
- Dirty whites.
- Those which cannot suppress bleed- show-through.
- While the ink is dark, the saturation is only medium, so the tint of the paper may well alter the colour of the ink. Consequently, to generate the desired Look, it is important to consider the wetness of the pen.
- Forms, etc.
- At low-to-medium density, forms work should be OK: good separation between the Black ink typical of most forms, and the warmth of DDen brings what is written slightly forward, enhancing ease of reading.
- The high line quality makes DDen a good match for crowded ill-designed forms requiring [inverted nib] tiny writing.
- For charts & graphs:
- Very possible - but if narrow lines are anticipated, DDen may not have enough separation from Black, so may be used in place of Black. (YAY!)
- Not so much, but not to be dismissed out-of-hand.
- Smooth hard surfaced papers may be needed to avoid bleed- show-through; and may be explored to see if shading can be invoked.
- I'm afraid not - the ink is just not sufficiently malleable.
- I'd like to pick the dip pen on Clairefontaine, but as this is not DPN, I feel compelled to choose an FP, so its the 530 on HPJ1124.
- The paper is cool, providing good contrast to the warmth of DDen. The nib is quite wide and wet, giving a good % coverage, the density seats the ink solidly upon the page.
- I think there is something going on in the bottle that offers a welcome increment shoe-horned between the Dark Blues, Dark Purples, and Blue-Blacks.
- Perhaps it is not something new, but will certainly attract those looking for something that is a step aside from most dark inks.
- Not quite a 'must have', but DDen is certainly not so generic as to be overlooked.
- Ah kushbaby, can it wriggle into an opening on your ink shelves?
NUTS & BOLTS
- Platinum Carbon Pen + g-p steel über narrow nib.
- Parker Super 21 + Octanium F nib.
- TWSBI 530 + steel M nib.
- Sheaffer Imperial 330 + steel M nib.
- Waterman Phileas + Steel B nib.
- Lamy Safari + goosed 1.1 steel nib.
- A dual-reservoir Brause Ornament dip pen nib was used in Figure 7.
- For lines & labels: Pilot Penmanship + steel XF; inked with Visconti Green or Havana.
- HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
- Royal, 25% cotton rag.
- Staples 20 lb. multi-use.
- Clairefontaine Triomphe.
- Pulp. One-a-Day calendar page.
- Scans were made on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted.
- Figures shown were scanned at 200 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- HiRes Images linked were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Scans were not adjusted post-capture, so went straight to the file sharing thingy.
Densitometer Readings (FWIW):
- Red 94
- Grn 101
- Blu 142
- Lum 107
The accuracy and relevance of this Review depends in great part upon consistency and reliability of materiel 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.
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 Diamine Denim Blue Sandy1
Edited by Sandy1, 01 October 2011 - 14:45.