Ink Review : Diamine Terracotta (150th Anniversary Ink)
Pen: Lamy Safari, M-nib
Paper: Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm
In 2014 Diamine released their 150th Anniversary Ink collection to celebrate - well - their 150th anniversary (1864-2014). In this review I take a closer look at the Terracotta ink from this collection.
Terracotta... the name evokes the image of a dry desert with some ancient ruins. The wind blowing across broken pottery - a reminder of the village life of days gone by. Orange-brown sand dunes, and the orange-brown color of clay heated in a furnace. Let's find out if this ink lives up to its name.
The color is aptly named. It is a rich orange-brown color that captures the image of broken pottery very well. This is a nice color, adventurous, not dull at all. A color you will want to use again and again. One of my favorites from this ink collection. Not a color for the workplace though - it deviates too much from the norm. While not suited for business correspondence, it's a really fine ink for journaling.
OK - but how does it behave on paper ? For this, I did some tests:
- Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm - drying time ~25 seconds, no feathering, no show-through nor bleed-through
- Paperblanks journal paper - drying time 20-25 seconds, no feathering, no show-through and no bleed-through
- Generic notepad paper 70 gsm - drying time ~15 seconds, no noticeable feathering, minimal show-through (only in the darker parts), no noticeable feathering
- Moleskine journal - drying time ~10 seconds, minimal feathering, definitely very noticeable show-through, some bleed-through (mainly in the darker parts)
There is some very nice, but subtle shading in this ink. This is not a dull monotone ink, but one that catches your attention, and brings some variation to your writing. Really nice.
This ink behaves very well, even on cheap paper. It even works in a Moleskine journal - which is not at all fountain-pen friendly. Despite the show-through, it's still possible to use both sides of the paper.
Our pottery was found in an ancient desert ruin, where rain is seldom seen. The same can be said for this ink. It doesn't like water at all. Short exposure to running water obliterates your writing. Faint traces of the text remain, and you'll probably need an archaeologist to reconstruct the original writing. You have been warned... keep water away from this ink.
This really is a beautiful ink, that behaves very well on high-quality paper, and is certainly usable on lower grade paper like Moleskine's. The ink has some nice and subtle shading, which makes it interesting. A very fine choice for journaling.
Overall score: A