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  1. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine China Blue

    My latest ink is Diamine China Blue I haven't used Diamine Diamine China Blue before so I thought I would try it out. It's a single dye pure blue. There are no purple, or any other coloured dyes added. Think of the blue you see on blue and white china. It's that sort of blue. It lives up to it's name very well. It's more saturated than I expected, and has some water resistance, as many blue inks do. I would call it an everyday blue, not quite Royal Blue, that suggests a little added purple or red, but a really nice, unassuming plain blue. It's quite similar to Waterman Florida (Serenity) Blue, but I saw a little more shading with China Blue than I do with Serenity Blue. I really liked the good flow as well as the lubrication at the nib and I enjoyed writing with my Bexley ATB 1.1mm stub again. Quite a few inks that I have tried in the past, have made this pen act more like a hosepipe, so I put it away for a while, but this blue was a very good match for it. It didn't feel at all dry to write with though. It wrote straight away without any hard starts or skipping and dried after 20 seconds on my smooth 100gm2 paper. Although this isn't a waterproof ink, it shows quite good water resistance, as do many Diamine inks.Bearing in mind the paper I use is thick with a shiny surface, and I used a Bexley 18t gold 1.1mm nib, this ink took 20 secs to dry. That's slower than some other inks I've reviewed recently.It had good flow, and lubricated the nib well. 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 bottlesDiamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.It's a reasonable price.I match my scans to the ink colour as closely as I can.
  2. This has always been an odd little paper. I've known for a while that it and Diamine China Blue don't get along. Whether it's coming from a super-fine nib or being slathered on thick, China Blue will fade away and be barely noticeable after about 24 hours on this paper. Well, I found a new ink it likes to throw down with: J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis. Here are the two inks fresh on the paper: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/834/87vbp.jpg And after approximately 12 hours: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/839/8j8l.jpg And approximately 24 hours: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/842/q9kpy.jpg Weird, huh?

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