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  1. I love the shading and sheen of Diamine Asa Blue but by far prefer the flow and lubrication of KWZ inks, and since I've just run out of Asa Blue and Christmas is around the corner I thought this would be a good time to find a replacement. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any comparison pictures online. Can anyone say anything to the colour differences of the inks? Dominique
  2. visvamitra

    Graphite - Diamine

    Manufacturers since 1864, Diamine Inks relocated to this purpose built 'state of the art' factory in Liverpool in 1925, where they successfully carried on using the traditional methods and formulas for ink production. Over the years the company has changed hands and are now located close to the world famous Aintree Race Course http://www.diamineinks.co.uk/images/DimaineFactory.gif http://www.diaminein...uk/AboutUs.aspx I'm still looking for perfect grey ink. Caran d'Ache Infinite Grey is close, the hue is stunning but the ink is average in terms of behavior. Diamine Graphite is definitely less expensive and it has this slate hue that I enjoy a lot in grey inks. The behavior is good, the ink flows smoothly and leaves reasonably wet line. In one pen (Pelikan M805) it caused hard start after doing a pause of 30 seconds. In other pens however it writes really well. I think it's undesrvedly underrated Diamine ink. I really enjoy this one although I still believe one of these days I'll discover perfect grey ink Drops of ink on kitchen towel Software ID Color range Tomoe River - Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Tomoe River, Pelikan M805, fine nib Leuchtturm 1917 - Kaweco AL Sport, broad nib Linen paper, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib Copy paper, Lamy Al-Star, broad nib No-name notebook, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib
  3. NickiStew

    Bloody Brexit

    And yet another Diamine sheen exclusive with a topical name... Bloody Brexit. Whatever your political opinions may be, this is another heavy sheener for Seitz Kreuznach and their expanding collection of 'Bloody'inks! A deep rich blue serious sheening ink, that bleeds out bright turquoise with tiny hints of Royal blue when blended with water. When dry, the concentrated areas dry a heavy metal red. Check out that blot and the squiggles! Depending on your paper surface the ink writes a deep blue with hints of red sheen in evidence. I thought the abstract calligraphy title worked quite well - with messy, angry and frustrated lettering?
  4. Nice, dryish ink. Great shading. I don't own anything to really compare with, and have never written with anything even close. Apologies for the two toned review. the first part is with a dipped pen, so inconsistent, and then I finally emptied a pen to load this ink into.
  5. Not a lot of drawings this time because this ink took sooo long to dry and bled like a stuck pig. As always, YMMV! Swabs on Clairefontaine: Various Paper Tests: card stock:
  6. Bhavna

    Diamine Scribble Purple

    Hello Friends, Long time! It's been a unique 12 months but here we are. I am delighted to post this review, I've been in search of this deep, luscious, dark, purple for a very long time. I've tried mixing my own of course, but this one just hits the spot! Now as an aside, I received an email from Pure Pens to say new shiny goodies in stock including this ink YESTERDAY afternoon, and the inkoholic that I am, I ordered straight away, and well, it was in my hands at 9.08 this morning. Thank you @Pure Pens for excellent service! I've been saving my Purple Sheaffer Prelude evidently for this very moment... Without further ado:
  7. Ink Review : Diamine Beethoven (Music Collection) Pen: Lamy Safari, M-nib Paper: Rhodia N° 16 notepad 80 gsm Review Vienna, Wienerwald, April 10th 1810 Guten Tag, Mein Herr... welcome in Wienerwald. My name is Ludwig van Beethoven, and I am enjoying my afternoon walk in this beautiful pine tree forest, with its saturated green colors. Look over there - see these rabbits playing in the bushes. Ah... my good friend Elisabeth should have been here to see this. This saturated green setting inspires my muse... I've got an idea for a lovely composition. I think I will call it "Für Elise." In 2015 Diamine released their Music Collection, a set of ten inks named after famous composers. All inks in this collection have serious, subdued colors. In this review, we take a look at Beethoven - after the above introduction, you're sure to remember that this is a saturated green ink. Diamine Beethoven has a nice, dark-green color. Like all inks in the Music Collection, it is not a vibrant color, but a more subdued green. There is some decent shading present. All in all, not a bad color, but in my opinion, the "Wow" factor is rather low. This is not a must-have ink if you already have some greens. OK - but how does it behave on paper ? For this, I did some tests: Rhodia N° 16 notepad 80 gsm - drying time 20-25 seconds, no feathering, no show-through and no bleed-throughPaperblanks journal paper - drying time ~10 seconds, noticeable feathering, no show-through, some occasional bleed-throughGeneric notepad paper 70 gsm - drying time 15-20 seconds, no feathering, minimal show-through, some bleed-throughMoleskine journal - drying time ~5 seconds, noticeable feathering, significant show-through and significant bleed-throughBeethoven is not a well-behaving ink. It is ok on more-or-less glossy paper, but feathers easily on cheaper and non-glossy paper. It also has serious issues with bleed-through. For some reason this is one of the few inks I have encountered that have problems with Paperblanks journal paper. There is some noticeable feathering and occasional bleed-through. This is something to take into account if you're a fan of Paperblanks journals. Another issue to take note of - this ink writes badly in my EF nib. Ink flow is not good, and the writing was scratchy as hell. You can really see this in the writing sample: this ink is not pleasant to use and see when writing with finer nibs. Water resistance is also bad. The color disappears in seconds, leaving only a faint greyish trace. Conclusion This ink falls short in several areas. The color is ok, but nothing special. But the ink has several technical shortcomings: significant feathering and bleed-through, doesn't like the finer nibs, no water resistance. All in all, not an ink that I would recommend. My overall score: C (and maybe even a C-)
  8. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    I'm currently reviewing some of my favourite Diamine inks. This is Diamine Red Dragon. I think it's a very good alternative for Montblanc Hitchcock. In fact it's more saturated. It also leans less pink than several other dark red inks. It's what I would call a blood red ink, but it isn't as dark or brownish as Diamine Oxblood. If you prefer your red inks to be a bit darker and not eye-poppingly bright red, then Red Dragon fits the bill. This ink is neither waterproof nor archival but it's water resistant.Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, and I write with M and B nibs, this ink took 25-30 secs to dry.It flows quite wet, especially in broader nibs, and lubricates the nib very well so that it's smooth to write with across the paper.It is currently available in 30ml plastic bottles and 80ml glass bottles.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.It's reasonably priced.
  9. Ink Shoot-Out : Papier Plume Sazerac vs Diamine Golden Honey For no special reason, I have been using quite some ochre & orange inks this summer. While playing around with my inks, I noticed that Papier Plume Sazerac and Diamine Golden Honey seem to be quite similar oranges. This peaked my interest... time for a detailed comparison of both inks to find out which one I like the most. Enter... the Ink Shoot-Out. A brutal fight spanning five rounds, where two inks engage in fierce battle to determine who is the winner. Tonight we have a free-form fighting tournament... anything goes... but no biting! In the left corner - from the French Quarter in New Orleans - François "La Guillotine", the killing machine that chops down his opponents. In the right corner - from London's Soho district - "Gentleman" Joe, whose jaw-crunching uppercuts are always accompanied with a "my sincere apologies". Both champions enter the ring. The crowds are cheering for what promises to be a brutal fight. The bell rings and signals the start of the first round. May the best ink win... Round 1 – First Impressions Both inks make a great first impression on me. These are nicely muted oranges, and definitely not vibrant. I like my inks this way... a good presence on the page, but not eye-searing and in-my-face. These inks have style! Both inks also exhibit subtle yellow-leaning shading, without too much contrast between the light and darker parts. This gives your writing an aesthetically pleasing look. But even in this first round, it's definitely a dirty fight! Both champions show off their elegant moves, but they also throw some heavy punches that really hurt their opponent: Golden Honey is without any doubt the master of the finer nib. Sazerac feels really dry and undersaturated with fine and medium nibs. Golden Honey writes nicely wet with much better lubrication, and leaving a more saturated line. "My apologies"... but it's clear that in this area the New Orleans champion takes some pain. Papier Plume's Sazerac on the other hand looks richer and shows a broader tonal range in the swabs and on the saturation sample. A bit more character, more elegance. That's a rib-crunching chop from "La Guillotine". Looking at broader nibs (the squiggles drawn with a 1.5mm calligraphy nib), Sazerac becomes more saturated, but - in my opinion - also loses some of its charm. Golden Honey keeps a more yellow-orange appearance, retaining more of its muted character. Both inks make a great first impression. Sazerac looks slightly better for drawing, but Golden Honey is clearly the better ink for writing. The fact that Sazerac still feels very dry in my M-nib Safari costs it points though! A fair fight with punches in both directions, but Gentleman Joe clearly dominated this round. In my book, this round is a solid win on points for Diamine Golden Honey. Round 2 – Writing Sample The writing sample was done on Rhodia N°16 Notepad with 80 gsm paper. Both inks behaved flawlessly, with no feathering and no show-through or bleed-through. With the EF nib, both inks were equally horrible... dry, scratchy, unsaturated. Yuk! With the M-nib, Diamine recovers and writes nicely wet and with good saturation. But Sazerac still suffers, and keeps feeling dry and scratchy. With broad nibs, both inks offer a pleasant writing experience. But looking closer at the broad nib, you can see that Sazerac leaves a wider and a bit over-saturated line. It almost becomes too wet, where the line left on the pages expands a bit too much. This also seems to result in a flatter and less-pleasing look. Diamine Golden Honey on the other hand retains its crispness, and shows more character and depth. I definitely like the Diamine ink better in this respect. Colourwise, both inks look quite similar. But for writing there are big differences! Here the English champion delivers an uppercut that totally floors its opponent. "My sincere apologies" indeed! Sazerac goes to the floor, totally dazed. The crowd goes nuts, and roars its approval. What a spectacle! There is no doubt at all... round 2 is a solid win for Gentleman Joe. Round 3 – Pen on Paper This round allows the batlling inks to show how they behave on a range of fine writing papers. From top to bottom, we have : FantasticPaper, Life Noble, Tomoe River and Original Crown Mill cotton paper. All scribbling and writing was done with a Lamy Safari M-nib. Both champions did well, with no show-through nor bleed-through. But this round is not about technicalities, it is about aesthetics and beauty. Are the fighters able to make the paper shine ? One thing is immediately apparent: these inks are at their best on pure white paper. Due to the yellow undertones, their presence on more yellowish paper (like the Life Noble) is underwhelming. With the M-nib, the Diamine ink is more saturated, much wetter, and offers a superior writing experience. Looking at the swabs and saturation samples, Sazerac shows more depth and character. For this round, both inks are on par with each other, both scoring some points and taking some punches. Sazerac seems to recover, and now stands up again to the English champion. But neither ink dominates, and as such this round ends in a draw. Round 4 – Ink Properties Both inks have drying times in the 15-20 second range with the M-nib in my Lamy Safari. To test their smudge resistance, I rubbed the text with a moist Q-tip cotton swab. Here, Diamine Honey shows a little bit more smudging, but the text itself remains crisp and clear. To test water resistance, I dripped water on the grid and let it sit there for 15 minutes, after which I removed the water with a paper towel. Both champions are weak! Water resistance is totally absent, and all ink simply disappears from the paper. Not good! What a disappointing display! Both champions went on the defensive, and performed very weakly in this round. The crowd gets restless, starts boo-ing. That is not what we paid for! For this round, neither champion gets points. Round 4 thus ends with a draw. Round 5 – The Fun Factor Welcome to the final round. Here I give you a purely personal impression of both inks, where I judge which of them I like most when doing some fun stuff like doodling and drawing. And for this round, both inks are simply amazing. I did the drawing on HP Advanced Photo paper. The background uses heavily water-diluted ink, which brings out the yellow. For the flowers I used 2:1 diluted ink, while the flower accents and stems use pure Sazerac and Golden Honey. I dare you the find the difference! Both inks are equally gorgeous looking when used in a more artistic setting. I really enjoyed using them. For this round, both champions recovered completely, and gave their best. Punishing kicks, solid blocks, graceful moves, loads of energy… The crowd is loving it... this is what we came to see. Round 5 totally rocks, but in the end both champions performed equally well, and no clear winner emerges. The Verdict Both inks are great-looking muted yellow-oranges, that look fantastic on paper (provided you use broader nibs). For writing, Diamine Golden Honey is without any doubt the better ink. It's still horribly dry in fine nibs, but starting with M-sizes the ink recovers and provides a smooth & pleasant writing experience. Otherwise, both inks are really quite similar. But round 2 clearly determines the outcome of this fight, and so the Belgian judge declares Diamine Golden Honey as the winner of this shoot-out.
  10. Hi Everyone: I'm trying to solve a mystery regarding the inks Diamine Dark Olive and Diamine Salamander. Are these 2 actual different inks or is Salamander a new name for Dark Olive? When using the Anderson Pens ink tool, I was unable to find dark olive in the list but found Salamander there and am seeing both come up in Google searches. However, no one seems to be willing to acknowledge of both of these inks. Thanks! Sincerely, Howard
  11. Cursive Child

    Diamine Terracotta (150Th Anniversary)

    Love the shading in this ink. Very well behaved and vibrant color.
  12. I've heard a lot of people compare Diamine Damson with the Music Collection ink - Vivaldi. Can someone post a comparison scan? I've got a sample of Vivaldi and love it. It's supposed to be greyer than Damson, according to a member here. Would love to see an actual scan. Thanks!
  13. NickiStew

    Cult Pens Christine And Philip

    Cult Pens have 2 new extreme sheening inks to add to their collection - Christine and Philip. Appropriately named after the two leading lights at Diamine who have created them. When Maureen and Robert were released in 2018 I honestly thought that here are two extreme sheen inks that won't be bettered. Here we have a purple and deep teal, which appear to be the 'in' colours for 2019 but how do they fare? Philip (Purple) has no chromatic qualities and sheens a brown/gold. Christine (Teal) also shows limited chromatic qualities and sheens a deep red. As with Maureen and Robert they are both creative inks and look great when blended together both as pure inks and water blended. The sheens, in my opinion, are not as pretty as Maureen and Robert but in a very strong light that Philip gold sheen does liven up a little. I like Cult Pens Diamines a lot BUT my initial thoughts prevail. These do not have the WOW factor of Maureen and Robert, and in my opinion, these two inks are in a league of their own. Philip and Christine are like a little brother and sister and despite the lack of their bigger siblings WOW factor will still slot nicely into the family. And for the record, there are a lot of similar sheening inks to Philip and Christine out there - many of which appear on this blog! Just saying.
  14. I was kindly sent this beautiful set to review some time ago by Diamine. Unfortunate events have meant I have only just been able to get them on here. I welcome your thoughts and feedback as always. This is a stunning, bright, punchy blue-green-teal with a silver shimmer. Cue scenes of Caribbean Seas.... (the image appears lighter than the actual ink, apologies, got tired of trying to make it work!) Black n Red, Taroko Breeze and Fabriano Notebooks
  15. The Dahl quote is in Diamine marigold. The Morrison quote is in Sailor kin mokusei. Theyre nice, subtle, shading, orangey inks. I prefer marigold, not even including price as a consideration.
  16. So this will not be a spectacular review because I actually like this ink so much I couldn't find enough snark in myself to make this an entertaining review. (That and I'm tired.) Still, thought it was worth giving a shout out to on the forums, because this truly is a lovely ink. One major correction: I forgot to do the matching colour bits until just before I scanned this in, and after comparing the inks I lined up on Leuchtturm instead of Tomoe River, they all don't look even remotely similar in my opinion. Well, maybe Ancient Copper does, sorta, it's just 300% more saturated and redder. Enjoy!
  17. There are currently (August 2013) one hundred colours available in the standard series from Diamine. Below I have written one line with each colour first on low-absorbent paper (Rhodia No 18 dotpad) and second on normal absorbent paper (our corporate printer’s stock “cartridge” paper). All lines are written with a medium Lamy Z50 nib on a Lamy Safari pen. Apologies for the corporate branding: I do not have blank cartridge stock paper. I hope it does not distract too much from the inks. If you want to calibrate your monitor, the blue and orange colours in the logo are Pantone Blue 072 and Pantone 1375, respectively. There are 25 colours on each sheet so 4 sheets in total. I will write more about the sorting of the ink colours later. For now: enjoy! and I hope this is useful. (And if someone wants to send me samples of the special edition Diamine inks that I do not have, then I will be happy to add them. This is mainly the Music set.) Colour set 1 Low-absorbent paper (Rhodia) Normal absorbent paper (cartridge)
  18. I was kindly sent this beautiful Shimmer Set to review some time ago by Diamine. Unfortunate events have meant I have only just been able to get them on here. I welcome your thoughts and feedback as always. Black n Red, Taroko Breeze and Fabriano Notebooks respectively
  19. This is appearing lighter on my screen than in real life but true to life in the swatch Black n red, Taroko Breeze, Fabriano Notebooks respectively,
  20. Black n Red, Taroko Breeze, Fabriano Notebooks respectively
  21. A punchy neon lime ideal for highlighting! Black n red, Taroko Breeze and Fabriano Notebooks respectively
  22. There is a passion in my DNA for ‘permanent’ fountain pen ink! Having used every product available, I have found all to be very good with ONE EXCEPTION. After 5 years of stubbornly refusing to admit that there is a problem, I have now concluded that Diamine Archival Registrar's Ink is not safe to use on a long-term basis. First a little background. I have 35 pens in my collection, so I have decided to associate specific inks with specific pens. This facilitates regular use and helps keep all my pens in ‘writing’ shape’. I routinely clean with tap water flushes with each fill up. This is followed-up with periodic ‘deep cleaning’ using distilled water and J. B.’s Perfect Pen Flush at least twice a year for all pens. Diamine Archival Registrar's ink was paired with my Lamy Scala (gold nib added). Like most people, I freely admit to being reluctant to acknowledge growing problems when it comes to my collection. However, I now realize that right from the get-go, the Lamy Scala was not a "smooth" writer. It always felt scratchy and it was sometimes difficult to get ink to paper. For the first couple of years I put that down to "breaking in" a new gold nib and kept using this combination. Also, when submersed in water and then dried, the ink appeared light when compared to other products (e.g. deAtramentis, Rohrer & Klingner, Private Reserve Invincible Black, Platinum Carbon). I am aware that this product is a traditional gall-based ink which requires strict cleaning of the pen using it. Therefore, I regularly (4 times a year) conducted a "deep clean" procedure, centered on the use of distilled water and J.B.'s Perfect Pen Flush. After this cleaning, writing was smoother, but it always reverted to the scratchy feel. I also had to frequently dip the nib into clean water in order to get ink flowing again. Of course, I chose to ignore it - must be a long breaking in period for the gold nib I thought. It got to the point that I blamed the Lamy Scala – I came to see the Lamy (even with the expensive gold nib addition) as a second-tier pen. In other words, OK but not great - what a mistake! I decided to investigate further (finally!) and read on the FPN that this ink was associated with ‘corrosion’ I checked my Scala and sure enough, corrosion had started to eat away the pen barrel near the nib. I then decided to try an experiment. Since my Lamy Studio was an excellent writer (it too had a gold nib added) I changed the ink in the Scala after a VERY thorough deep cleaning. I substituted Montblanc Mystery Black for the Diamine ink. The change was immediate and dramatic – like magic the smoothness of the Scala was equal to the Lamy Studio. What a difference! My confidence in this pen was immediately restored – clearly the ink had been the problem. I had been warned about the use of the Diamine Archival Registrar’s ink on several occasions which I chose to ignore. I tried to make this product work with a very good fountain pen for five years without great success. Not only did it not perform well but it seemly facilitated corrosion. For these reasons I would strongly recommend that FPN members NOT use this product under any circumstances.
  23. Enkida

    Diamine Golden Oasis

    I was debating where to put this because it's a lot of pictures but not really a review. But anyway, the spouse procured a bottle of Diamine Golden Oasis, a shimmer ink. This is not really my shade of green and shimmer inks are also not my jam, but I did some writing on different papers to test it out in my FPR Himalaya ultra flex pen and thought I'd share it here. As stated in the written part, I shook the bottle gently before inking the pen, and I agitated the pen by gently rolling my wrist about every two lines for all of its. I get the feeling the gold particles settle in this ink particularly fast so if you're not vigorous about agitating them, you can reduce the glitter and see more of the green. And also probably clog your pen up a bit more, haha. Card stock, 100 bristol I think: Oxford Optik: Leuchtturm 1917, but it's an old model book with the rougher pages:
  24. BalancedCraftsman

    Mold In A Fresh Bottle Of Ink?

    I recently purchased my second bottle of Diamine Poppy Red from a reputable source that sells over Amazon, and I have had it on hand for about a month while I've been finishing up the last few drops of my first bottle. When I opened up the fresh bottle today, I was immediately hit with a strong scent resembling mildew (mold). I know some inks can have a certain "musk" to them (such as Diamine Imperial Purple), but my first bottle of Poppy Red had no discernible smell. I should also note that the new ink is much darker in appearance (more opaque) as seen in the bottle than my first bottle of Poppy Red. I compared samples of the new bottle's contents to some from my old bottle, and the colors matched up on paper. It could be possible that there was a bit extra of some ingredient put in my new batch that would darken the appearance and make it smell funny, but I'd rather play it safe until I know for sure. Thoughts?
  25. I recently got Diamine Frosted Orchid Shimmering Ink, is it safe to use in expensive pen like montblanc 146? Will it clog the pen? Is it hard to clean?

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