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  1. Ink Review - Diamine Tropical Green (150th Anniversary Ink) Pen : Lamy Safari, M-nib Paper : Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm Review In 2014, Diamine celebrated their 150th anniversary (1864-2014). Recently, I decided to check out their 150th Anniversary Ink collection. Living in Belgium, I ordered a set from La Couronne du Comte in the Netherlands. As always - great customer service and prompt delivery. For this review - my first ever - I've chosen the Tropical Green color. The name evokes images of a lush rainforest, the sun spearing through the trees, creating all kinds of shadows. Moist, sweaty, ... Let's find out whether this ink lives up to its name. This is a green ink, and I happen to like green inks - but my impression is that they are difficult to get right. There's tons of fabulous blue, red, purple... inks out there, but nice green inks are difficult to find (at least, that's my experience). This one however really got my attention, when the ink set arrived in my mailbox. It is a nice dark green color, with tons of shading. I really like it ! As far as the color goes - this is maybe the best green ink I've ever seen. Ok so far, but how does it behave on paper ? For this, I did some tests: Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm - dry time ~25 seconds, no noticeable feathering, no see-through or bleed-throughPaperblanks jounal - dry time ~25 seconds, no noticeable feathering, no see-through or bleed-throughgeneric notepad paper 70 gsm - dry time ~15 seconds, a little feathering, almost no bleed-through, some see-throughMoleskine journal - dry time ~10 seconds, significant feathering, really bad see-through and bleed-through The rainforest is harsh on materials. So is this ink - it only likes good quality paper. On lower quality paper, it behaves badly. If you like your Moleskine journal, you should stay away from this ink - it seems to really hate Moleskine paper. Definitely not an ink for an everyday-carry pen. No, this ink is for the writing chamber, where the finest quality paper is used. Myself - I love it for journaling in a Paperblanks notebook. I also did some water resistance tests. This is where this ink really disappoints. The rainforest would make short work of it, because this ink has no water resistance at all. Even worse - it smudges very easily, even for text written days ago. The oil on your hands is moist enough to trigger this smudging. So - don't touch the written word ! Again - no problem for journaling if you take care of your journal. But don't use this ink in the workplace - it will definitely result in messy documents. Conclusion Overall, I really wanted to like this ink. The dark green color really hits the mark, and the shading is simply impressive. However, the total absence of any water resistance severely limits the usability of this ink. It's fine for jounaling in a high-quality notebook, but for other applications you should stay away from it. Overall score: B
  2. http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-nazwa.png I present to test the ink Diamine 150th Anniversary Tropical Green with very nice color of malachite (but with the green, and not marine shades). Ink writes very well. Pen pretty glides across the paper. Drying at a good level. On photocopying paper bleed through a point, but at Oxford or Rhodia behaves correctly. The ink was developed to celebrate the 150 th anniversary of the company Diamine. The series consists of 8 new colors not available in the standard palette, packaged in a triangular bottle that set the sides together form a closed circle. I would recommend. Manufacturer: Diamine Series, colour: 150th Anniversary Tropical Green Pen: Waterman Hemisphere, nib "F" Paper: Image Volume (80 g / m2) Specifications: Flow rate: good Lubrication: good Bleed through: possible point (copy paper) Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-woda.jpg Ink drying time http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-wysychanie.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-chromatografia2.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-txt.jpg Sample text in an Oxford notebook A5 (90 g / m2) http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook No 16 (90 g / m2) http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Tropical-Green-Rhodia.jpg
  3. I'm currently reviewing some of my favourite Diamine inks. This one is the green ink from the latest Diamine 150th Anniversary collection: Tropical Green Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, this ink dries reasonably quickly.It flows quite wet and lubricates the nib well. No start-up problems noticed. No skipping noticed.It didn't dry out when I left the cap off the pen while I did the swabs and the comparison inks.It is currently available in wedge shaped 40ml glass bottles that don't have ink wells.Water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink. It washes off skin very easily.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.

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