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  1. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Lapis Blue

    Today I’m reviewing an ink made by Diamine specially for the Philippine market. It is called Diamine Lapis Blue I remember this ink being mentioned on FPN some time ago, and I really wanted to try it out so I begged for a small sample from Diamine. I know that many of use won’t be able to get a full sized bottle of it, but if you get an opportunity to sample it, at least you will know what it’s like. This is a very saturated ink, think Majestic Blue and Sargasso Sea type of saturation. It shows lots of shading. The chroma test showed a faint bit of lilac dye but no red, so it’s a little different to those blues that lean towards the red edge of the colour spectrum. When I wrote with it, it does suggest that it has a very slight lean towards red though. I experienced no problems at all while I was writing with it. It had a smooth flow with a lubricated line. I saw no skips or hard starts, and it didn't dry out on the nib while I was doing swab tests. For me it was a very well-behaved ink, as well as being a nice colour. It only exhibited show through on Field Notes paper, but so do most inks. When I got it on my fingers it looked so saturated that I thought it would be a staining ink, but I can confirm it washed off easily with bar soap and warm water. I’m surprised how many inks that don’t wash off with liquid soap, wash off with bar soap. This ink isn't sold as water resistant, and there was hardly any water resistance. This isn't sold as a waterproof ink, and shows little water resistance.Bearing in mind the review form paper I use is thick with a shiny surface at 100gsm, and I used several different nibs, this ink took 15-16 secs secs to dry using the Montblanc F nib.No smear after dry.It exhibited good flow and I found it smooth to write with. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.

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