I have decided to review some of my inks. These aren't necessarily in any particular order.
This one is Diamine Crimson. I would call it a bright, blood red. It's a well behaved, saturated ink with plenty of shading. I found it flowed smoothly across the page, and had no problems with lubrication in the 2 pens I used. It looks really bright in the 1.1 nib.
This ink shows through and bleeds through on my thick paper, so I tried it on some cheaper paper. Showthrough and bleedthrough are both noticeable on there.
I also tried this ink in my Pilot CH74 pen with F nib. That nib is like a nail and it needs adjusting because it's too scratchy. However, when using it on the thick Xerox ColorPrint paper, I spotted a little dark, almost black, spread around some of my down-strokes, specifically on letters 'I' and 'L.' This was very faint, and it didn't show up on the scan, but it was there. I didn't see similar spread with the Lamy pens I used on this review sheet. I think that the scratchy Pilot F nib dug into the paper more, and that caused the ink to spread. It was probably the way I write.
- The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink.
- Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, and the nib used at that time was a M, this ink took 16-18 secs to dry.
- It flows through the pen well and lubricates the nib well. I saw no skips or hard starts from either of the pens that both stayed uncapped while I swapped and changed, and did swabs and comparisons with other inks.
- It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic refill bottles. It's also available in cartridges.
- Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.
- It's a reasonable price