Pen: Lamy Safari, M-nib
Paper: Rhodia N° 16 notepad 80 gsm
Vienna, Wienerwald, April 10th 1810
Guten Tag, Mein Herr... welcome in Wienerwald. My name is Ludwig van Beethoven, and I am enjoying my afternoon walk in this beautiful pine tree forest, with its saturated green colors. Look over there - see these rabbits playing in the bushes. Ah... my good friend Elisabeth should have been here to see this. This saturated green setting inspires my muse... I've got an idea for a lovely composition. I think I will call it "Für Elise."
In 2015 Diamine released their Music Collection, a set of ten inks named after famous composers. All inks in this collection have serious, subdued colors. In this review, we take a look at Beethoven - after the above introduction, you're sure to remember that this is a saturated green ink.
Diamine Beethoven has a nice, dark-green color. Like all inks in the Music Collection, it is not a vibrant color, but a more subdued green. There is some decent shading present. All in all, not a bad color, but in my opinion, the "Wow" factor is rather low. This is not a must-have ink if you already have some greens.
OK - but how does it behave on paper ? For this, I did some tests:
- Rhodia N° 16 notepad 80 gsm - drying time 20-25 seconds, no feathering, no show-through and no bleed-through
- Paperblanks journal paper - drying time ~10 seconds, noticeable feathering, no show-through, some occasional bleed-through
- Generic notepad paper 70 gsm - drying time 15-20 seconds, no feathering, minimal show-through, some bleed-through
- Moleskine journal - drying time ~5 seconds, noticeable feathering, significant show-through and significant bleed-through
Another issue to take note of - this ink writes badly in my EF nib. Ink flow is not good, and the writing was scratchy as hell. You can really see this in the writing sample: this ink is not pleasant to use and see when writing with finer nibs.
Water resistance is also bad. The color disappears in seconds, leaving only a faint greyish trace.
This ink falls short in several areas. The color is ok, but nothing special. But the ink has several technical shortcomings: significant feathering and bleed-through, doesn't like the finer nibs, no water resistance. All in all, not an ink that I would recommend.
My overall score: C (and maybe even a C-)
Edited by namrehsnoom, 02 February 2016 - 00:00.