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Ink Review: Diamine Chocolate Brown

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#1 Chrissy

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 12:16

I have a couple of brown inks to review that I haven’t used before. This one is Diamine Chocolate Brown

 

This is a dark, rich, brown, like really dark chocolate. I never realised how dark it was. So rich and saturated. Almost a sinfully dark chocolate.

 

I didn’t see much shading until I wrote on more absorbent paper, because it’s such a saturated ink. Then I saw some on one of the papers. It’s a wet ink and took 30 seconds to dry on my thick, coated Xerox paper. I experienced no problems at all while I was writing with it, and found it so smooth and lubricated. It was a pleasure to write with. I saw no skips or hard starts, and it didn't dry out on the nib while I was doing swab tests.

 

It made my dry writing Pelikan F nib write like a M nib. For me it was a very well-behaved ink, as well as being a lovely colour. It only exhibited show through and bleed through on Field Notes paper, but so do most inks.

 

It isn't sold as water resistant, and there was no water resistance at all. I left the water on the test square, and the dots and lines disappeared completely.

 

I can safely say it’s the best brown ink I’ve written with. I have to get myself an 80ml bottle of this one.

 

  • This isn't sold as a waterproof ink, and shows no water resistance.
  • Bearing in mind the review form paper I use is thick with a shiny surface at 100gsm, and I used a Pelikan F nib plus a Lamy 1.1mm nib, this ink took 30 secs secs to dry using the F nib.
  • No smear after dry.
  • It exhibited very good flow and I found it very smooth to write with. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.
  • It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic bottles
  • Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.
  • It's a reasonable price.

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#2 visvamitra

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 12:54

I agreee - it's really nice ink and it behaves, mostly, well on variety of papers.



#3 Blue Ink

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 18:49

Nice Review!!!

 

I personally own and love this ink. I found the Daimine Chocolate Brown to be the best brown in general based on color from my personall sample testing. Other brown inks were either too dark, red, light, or dry.



#4 Lloyd

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 20:09

I wonder how it looks and compares to my favorite brown, Private Reserve Chocolat (which has a water resistant red component).


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 11:06

As I said on the 'other' place, I don't have it - yet!


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#6 Chrissy

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:21

Nice Review!!!

 

I personally own and love this ink. I found the Daimine Chocolate Brown to be the best brown in general based on color from my personall sample testing. Other brown inks were either too dark, red, light, or dry.

 

Thanks and you're welcome.  :)  I agree with your sentiments, although I like D. Rustic Brown too.   :)



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:22

I wonder how it looks and compares to my favorite brown, Private Reserve Chocolat (which has a water resistant red component).

Sorry but I don't have a sample of P.R.Chocolat to compare it with.  :(  I'm not the world's biggest fan of water resistant components though  -_-



#8 MKeith

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 16:34

Great review as usual Chrissy. Thank you. DCB is my favorite dark brown. I have tried PR Chocolate Brown and found that it doesn't have as rich a color as DCB, at least to my eyes, nor is as well behaved


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#9 Chrissy

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 16:45

Great review as usual Chrissy. Thank you. DCB is my favorite dark brown. I have tried PR Chocolate Brown and found that it doesn't have as rich a color as DCB, at least to my eyes, nor is as well behaved

 

Thanks and you're welcome.  :)  Thank you also for your information regarding PR Chocolat  :)



#10 Joe in Seattle

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 20:17

Great review. I find this ink nearly identical to Ackerman #23.
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Posted 19 January 2017 - 21:09

Looks absolutely stunning on the British Notebook.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 22:35

Great review. Probably my favorite dark brown.

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 03:18



Bought a sample and I like it very much. It's great even on cheap paper.

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 06:41

Right there with Diamine Chocolate Brown is Akkerman #23 Bekakt haags.  Wonderful and very well behaved - easy to clean also!







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