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Van Dieman's Inks In Oz

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#1 saulyleeplans



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 23:26

Has anyone heard or used these inks before?  I ran across them accidentally and I'm curious, they are very cheap but I don't want to assume they aren't good quality though.



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 02:14

Never heard of them.  I took a quick peek at the link and the cobalt blue looks nice (I looked at the writing more than the swab on the photo with the swab card).  Didn't really check out the other colors yet, though.

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 02:08

Hmmm... very interesting discovery. I haven't heard of these but the name Van Dieman rings a bell... I will keep an eye out. 


According to the about page, the owners of this ink company also brought Jinhao to Australia. I will look into this. I'm intrigued. 




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Posted 05 July 2019 - 01:01

Hi all from an Aussie,


Super quick post, in a rush. The Van Dieman's inks are a quality product made by a small company in Tasmania. 


Haven't been using them for long, still working my slow but thoroughly enjoyable way through a number of stunning colours. It's not only me that enjoys them - my pens are lapping them up, too. Thus far have tried them in Super5, Visconti, Leonardo.... yet to try in Aurora, Platinum 3776 (that'd be the ROKKA that's due to arrive this month  :drool: ) . Will have more to say on the subject when I have more time....sorry for lack of detail now. but there's some interesting reading at their website...   

Edited by auslindamac, 05 July 2019 - 01:03.

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Posted 27 December 2019 - 23:21


Forgive the late reply, please, but I have just joined the forum.

I have now tried 9 sample inks from VD Inks.  I find the colours rich and interesting and the inks seem to flow smoother and wetter than most of the Robert Oster inks that I have used/sampled.

Colours tried were:

Azure Kingfisher - STUNNING!!

Black Tongue Spider Orchid

Devil's Kitchen

Tasmanian Vine Purple

Leatherwood Honey

Sun Spotted Orchid

Elizabeth's Violet Eyes

Oakwood Brown

Hollywood Diamonds are a Girls BFF


They are reasonably priced and well worth trying out.  Pulp Addiction in Victoria sell sample vials and I can recommend the retailer and the inks even though I have no association with either.



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