This is my review of Diamine Mediterranean Blue.
I decided to try a sample of this ink because one of my correspondents used it in a letter to me and I thought it was a very pretty blue. When I first wrote with it I thought it didn't come across as a particularly saturated ink and I expected it to look more saturated, especially as the pen has been filled with it for several days before I wrote with it.
My Waterman Phileas has a replacement 18ct gold L'Etalon M nib fitted into it, and that was the only pen I filled with this ink I don't think it's going to look significantly different with a F or stub nib.
It's a nice colour, and I quite like this shade of blue, but you might think it should look brighter than it actually does when you write with it.
As usual for a Diamine ink, it's a well behaved ink. It shows slight shading. I found it flowed smoothly across the page, and had no problems with lubrication in the Phileas that I used.
This ink exhibits no showthrough and no bleedthrough on my thick Xerox ColorPrint paper.
- The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink, but it's quite resistant.
- Bearing in mind the paper I use is thick with a shiny surface, and I used a M nib, this ink only took 8-10 secs to dry. That's really quick on this paper
- It flows through the pen well and lubricates the nib well. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.
- It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles, 30ml plastic refill bottles or cartridges.
- Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.
- It's a reasonable price