Sepia usually means a reddish brown colour, named after the rich brown pigment derived from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish Sepia. Sepia was commonly used as writing ink in Greco-Roman civilisation and remained in common use until 19th century.
Diamine Sepia is an unsaturated, yellowish brown, dye based ink. Its from Diamine Inks standard range.
Diamine Sepia is lighter and more yellow than both Diamine Autumn Oak and Warm Brown. Its also lighter and less saturated than Diamine Ochre.
I found it an interesting ink to write with. With my B nib it shaded a lot and felt wet and lubricated, yet when I used it with my F & M nibs it felt less lubricated although it flowed well. Its behaviour seems to be quite pen and paper dependant.
- Flow Rate: Good. Felt wetter with my B nib.
- Lubrication: OK - better with B nib.
- Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
- Start-up: Immediate.
- Saturation: Unsaturated ink.
- Shading Potential: A shading ink, quite variable.
- Sheen: None seen.
- Slightly on Tomoe River 52gsm.
- Slightly on Oxford Pad.
- 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 in the pen - easy clean-up with water.
- Staining (hands): Easy clean-up with bar soap.
- Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
- Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof but has quite good water resistance.
- Availability: Available from Diamine Inks web-site and many other outlets