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Diamine Apple Glory
Posted 06 June 2012 - 18:30
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.
Here is a close-up of the swab...
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...
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...
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.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 19:45
Yes, a great review. 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
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 15:19
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 20:23
Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:05
Has anyone compared this ink against NOS Sheaffer, or other bright greens like Quink, Pelikan, and Lamy?
Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:25
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:03
Thanks for the hand-written comment... well-scanned REAL writing samples are very useful for folks choosing inks.
Posted 14 June 2012 - 20:13
Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:36
Posted 06 November 2017 - 21:19
I just got a bottle. I think the OP got the hue right but I am finding this looking much brighter in real life. I am not seeing the touch of yellow in the second scan. If anything, there is a hint of blue for me. Someone mentioned USA Sheaffer Emerald Green. That was my favorite green for many years, This looks close in hue but is lighter and brighter. I like it.
I am not having such good luck with cheap paper, which was also an issue with the yellow-greens I like (Levenger Always Greener, Diamine Kelly Green) which were my champion bleeders. I am not seeing fur as I did with those but my pen writes much wider than expected and the results show through on the other side. So it is better than the yellow-greens but worse than most inks. I was actually hoping for a non-bleeding yellow-green, but this is pretty nice as well. I guess I need to try Diamine Jade next.