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.
Blot on kitchen paper