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Ink Review: Diamine Kensington Blue

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#1 Chrissy

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 17:05

My latest ink is Diamine Kensington Blue

 

I'm reviewing two similar Diamine blue inks separately, this one, Kensington Blue, and Florida Blue. They are quite similar, but Kensington Blue is a more general blue, a more muted colour. I would call it an everyday blue ink.

 

Kensington Blue is a very good blue ink. It flowed beautifully while I was writing with it, and lubricated the nib so well that it wrote smoothly across the page. I really enjoyed writing with it. Although it felt nicely wet to write with, it was a quick drying ink.

 

  • Although this isn't a waterproof ink, it shows good water resistance, as do many Diamine blue inks.
  • Bearing in mind the paper I use is thick with a shiny surface, and I used a Lamy M nib, this ink only took 5 secs to dry. That's very quick on this paper.
  • It flows through the pen very well and lubricates the nib very 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 International sized cartridges.
  • Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.
  • It's a reasonable price.

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#2 Chumango

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 23:44

It has been several years since I used mine but I recall a teal cast to it on some paper.



#3 dcwaites

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 23:46

Yes, this is a nice ink. A little restrained, but that's what you would expect in an ink to be used in a palace. 


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#4 Chrissy

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 10:59

Yes, this is a nice ink. A little restrained, but that's what you would expect in an ink to be used in a palace. 

 

 

Restrained: yes. :)  I wish I had bought of that word, rather than a 'standard every day blue ink'

 

There may be times when you want to write with a 'restrained' ink though.

 

I wonder if any of the current occupants of Kensington Palace use it? It would be interesting to know.....



#5 dcwaites

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 18:33

I think they're Parker users. From the pictures others have mentioned, the Queen seems to have Quink on her writing desk.


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#6 The Good Captain

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 23:46

Originally names WES Kensington Blue, I believe. For the Writing Equipment Society - possibly a special 'anniversary' but I can't exactly remember.


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 00:05

 

I wonder if any of the current occupants of Kensington Palace use it? It would be interesting to know.....

Chrissy,

And, to make a point they would use Royal Blue?

 

Tim


Edited by tmenyc, 22 January 2016 - 00:06.






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