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#21 Sandy1

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 19:24

I bought one of the small bottles of DBlBk at the Ohio Pen Show in November. I was wondering if it was the new formula or not, but it seems to be the old one given that mine shades. I prefer the colour of the reformulation, but it's unfortunate that it lost the shading qualities. Seems more like a deep blue now rather than a blue black?


Hi,

The R2 version was released in the Summer of 2012, but hadn't made its stateside debut until October. I speculate that Distributors / Vendors were clearing ye olde version from their inventory prior to offering the R2 version at the retail level.

I agree that there is a greater Blue aspect to the R2 version, which to me makes it more of a Blue-Black than ye olde version, which had the unfortunate Teal aspect.
. . (I'd often mix some Royal Blue into ye olde version to off-set the Teal.)

I agree that the low[er] shading potential of the R2 is a bit of a disappointment, but I hope that I can get a bit more shading with other pen+paper combos; and dilution might open-up the ink just a bit to reveal shading that could be hiding.

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I'm torn about whether to buy or not. I'm pretty sure the sample I got recently from Goulet's is R2, but it's pretty close to Majestic Blue that I own and quite enjoy.


Hi,

The difference between DBlBk-R2 and Diamine Majestic Blue is greater that of DBlBk-R2 and Diamine Indigo.

None of those inks are considered a powerhouse of shading.

I've posted a wee review of Majestic Blue HERE, so one can read across points on those documents.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 19:32

That's a nice color.
And very thorough review.
Thank you


Hi,

You're welcome!

I'm glad you find the colour attractive. :)

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:56

I have two pens filled with this currently - my Phileas with a fine and my Al Star with a fine. I had a Goulet sample of it that I ran through my M nibbed Phileas and I really like the way it looks in all three.

Thanks for the review, Sandy. Again I really like this. If I had to migrate away from the Pelikan this would be a worthy replacement.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 09:12

looks like a very nice ink :thumbup: thanks for the review


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Posted 12 May 2013 - 21:08

I have two pens filled with this currently - my Phileas with a fine and my Al Star with a fine. I had a Goulet sample of it that I ran through my M nibbed Phileas and I really like the way it looks in all three.

Thanks for the review, Sandy. Again I really like this. If I had to migrate away from the Pelikan this would be a worthy replacement.

 

Hi,

 

You're welcome!

 

Good to read that you like the appearance of this ink from a range of pens - a key property of a daily writer ink.

 

And let's not even consider being without P4BlBk! :o

 

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 21:11

looks like a very nice ink :thumbup: thanks for the review

 

Hi,

 

You're welcome!

 

I think Diamine has come-up with a worthy replacement for the previous version.

 

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:30

I was using the old (R1) version, fantastic color but a tendency to clog pens if left unused for 1+ weeks.

Gave up because the only way to unclog some of them was a complete nib+feeder disassembly.

 

Hope the new version has fixed this trouble.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 19:42

Diamine Blue Black was not black enough for my taste so now I use equal ratios of Onyx Black and Majestic Blue to get a colour I like and is passable for work. 



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 09:41

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I recently bought several boxes of Diamine mixed cartridges (buying 5 different boxes allowed me to try all 25 colours that Diamine do in cartridges - seemed like a good way to try lots of colours) and one of the first I have tried is the Blue Black.  It has a definite dark teal flavour to it - does that mean it is, most likely, the old formulation?



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 09:50



Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I recently bought several boxes of Diamine mixed cartridges (buying 5 different boxes allowed me to try all 25 colours that Diamine do in cartridges - seemed like a good way to try lots of colours) and one of the first I have tried is the Blue Black.  It has a definite dark teal flavour to it - does that mean it is, most likely, the old formulation?

It is possible, I suppose. Here are the two scans I did; as and when I got the inks so there is a bit of a time gap between them. As with all my scans though; once they are done they stay in the dark, as it were.

First the 'original one.

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I can see the teal in this!

Then the R2 version.

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I think there is a significant difference. There is another ink that falls somewhere in between - Diamine Twilight.

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And there you have it - my two-penneth worth.


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 11:20

It is possible, I suppose. Here are the two scans I did; as and when I got the inks so there is a bit of a time gap between them. As with all my scans though; once they are done they stay in the dark, as it were.

First the 'original one.

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I can see the teal in this!

Then the R2 version.

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I think there is a significant difference. There is another ink that falls somewhere in between - Diamine Twilight.

fpn_1358793114__diamine_twilight.jpg

And there you have it - my two-penneth worth.

Mine looks a bit darker than the first one (then again it's in a medium nib with a fairly fast flow, so perhaps it would) but is definitely closer to that than the second one.  Probably old stock then.  Thanks for that, a very fast helpful response!



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 09:46

The Diamine Blue-Black R2 looks very similar, if perhaps a bit llghter, than the Diamine Denim I am currently using with great success in my Snorkel. More like a dark blue, less like a blue-black.

 

Completely agree! So close to Denim that I wouldn't rush out to buy it. Maybe when my Denim runs out I may give it a go, but for now, i'll pass...


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 14:26

Superior review. Thank you for posting it.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 20:32

Superior review. Thank you for posting it.

 

Hi,

 

You're welcome!

 

Many thanks for your kind words. :)

 

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