Today I'm reviewing Diamine Denim
This is a saturated dark blue ink, and is a very good match for the material that it’s named after. It’s a dark denim colour. I wouldn’t quite call it blue-black, although in some pens it will look more like a blue-black ink.
It’s a darker blue than Diamine Midnight, but not as dark as Cult Pens Deep Dark Blue or Diamine 1864 Blue-Black.
It was a well behaved performer for me in two of my pens. It felt wetter and flowed better when I was using the Lamy M nib and the Parker 45 Cursive Italic nib.
*As far as show through goes, I’ve listed the papers where I saw any show through at all. However, on all but the Field Notes paper, show through was really minimal and I would find it acceptable to write on the reverse sides of all of these papers. Scanning really seems to accentuate any possible show through.
- Flow Rate: Good. Much wetter in the Lamy Al-star with M nib.
- Lubrication: Good with both Parker and Lamy M nibs I used.
- Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
- Start-up: Immediate.
- Saturation: Saturated.
- Shading Potential: Shading seen.
- Sheen: None seen.
- Apica Paper
- Midori Paper
- Rhodia Graph Paper
- Tomoe River 52gsm paper
- Tomoe River 68gsm paper
- Field Notes
- Hobonichi Techo
- Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen.
- Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after over 1 week in the pen
- Staining (pen): Not seen after several days - easy clean-up
- Staining (hands): Not seen - Easy clean-up
- Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
- Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof. Not particularly water resistant although some remains. I left it soaking in during the time it took me to have a shower.
- Availability: Available from Diamine Inks web-site and many other outlets.