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  1. Today I'm reviewing Diamine Prussian Blue A blue-grey or blue-black ink from the standard range, Diamine Prussian Blue is a nicely saturated colour with a vintage look to it. It’s darker, less green leaning and more saturated than Indigo, and it flows better and feels more lubricated when writing across the page. Prussian Blue was the first modern synthetic pigment. It’s a dark blue pigment also known as Berlin Blue or, in painting, Parisian or Paris Blue. It’s prepared as a very fine colloidal dispersion because the compound is not soluble in water. Prussian Blue is also the traditional “blue” in “blueprints” and as the basis for “laundry blueing.” (Source - Wikipedia) I filled my Lamy Safari and my Lamy NexxM converters with it. Then left them on my table for a few days. When I went back to the pens, they both started writing straight away. No hard starts. They didn't skip once. It exhibited excellent shading and it didn’t feather or spread on any of the papers I used it with. It didn’t show through on the HP paper either. Although it showed through slightly on some the papers listed, it didn’t show through as much as the scans suggest, and you can easily write on the reverse of all of the papers I used it with. It's not sold as a waterproof ink but showed some water resistance. Flow Rate: Good - neither particularly wet nor dryLubrication: Good - felt smooth across the pageNib Dry-out: Not noticed.Start-up: Immediate.Saturation: SaturatedShading Potential: Shading seen especially with F nib.Sheen: None noticed, though I’ve seen sheen in some pictures.Show-Through:Clairefontaine CrokbookField NotesHobonichi Techo paper.Tomoe River 52gsm paper (not very much)Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen on any paper even Field NotesNib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after over 1 week in the penStaining (pen): Not seen after several days - very easy clean-upStaining (hands): Very easy clean-up off of skin.Clogging: Not seen.Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows good water resistance.Availability: Available in 80ml and 30ml bottles plus cartridges from Diamine Inks web-site and many other outlets.
  2. I posted a review of the Kaweco AL Sport Stonewashed Blue pen in the pen reviews forum. Here. I am now adding a separate review of the Kaweco Midnight Blue ink that I used in that pen. I used a cartridge, and the AL Sport Stonewashed Blue pen has a F steel nib. Kaweco ink comes in 30ml bottles and packs containing 6 standard international sized cartridges. This Midnight Blue is lighter than some other blue-black inks, but it's a really well behaved dark blue, and it has some lovely shading. It isn't waterproof, but was reasonably water resistant. I moved the water around with my finger, then blotted it off, yet I can still see ink remains. It's a reasonably saturated ink. I would say it's definitely worth considering.
  3. Today I'm reviewing Cult Pens Deep Dark Blue ink. Cult Pens Deep Dark Blue is one of the 6 inks in the “Deep Dark” range that are made for Cult Pens by Diamine Inks. Deep Dark Blue is a very saturated ink that can show a little shading with finer nibs, and some great red sheen. I found it flowed very well with all of the pens I tried it in, felt quite wet, and it’s lubrication was really smooth across the page. It’s a really deep, dark blue and lives up to it’s name very well. It’s darker than all of my dark blue comparison inks, only Diamine 1864 Blue-Black was darker. I predict that this ink will darken even more, if you keep your pens filled with it for a while. My review was written on 100gsm smooth coated paper, that is not absorbent, and I saw no spread or show-through. I saw some nice red sheen though. The lines were crisp, but it took longer to dry on this coated surface than on some of the other papers I tried it on. On Field Notes paper it didn’t spread or feather. Writing on the reverse side of all of the papers I used would be acceptable as show-through doesn't look as bad on paper than when it is scanned and shown on screen. It's not sold as a waterproof ink but showed some water resistance. It stained my hands, particularly near to my fingernails. It took me several washes with bar soap and a couple of days before my hands were clean again. It didn’t stain my pens or the insides of my converters that I rinsed out with warm water as usual. Flow Rate: Excellent - quite wetLubrication: Very good - felt smooth across the pageNib Dry-out: Not noticed.Start-up: Immediate.Saturation: Very saturatedShading Potential: Some shading seen with F nib.Sheen: Fabulous red sheen on Tomoe River paper. Check it out on Seven Seas & Hobonichi papers even with this scanned image.Show-Through:Oxford paperSilvine NotebookCiaK by InTempoField NotesHobonichi Techo paper.Tomoe River 52gsm paperSpread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen on any paper I used, even Field NotesNib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the penStaining (pen): Not seen after several days - easy clean-upStaining (hands): This is a hand stainer. Use bar soap for several washes or Lava soapClogging: Not seen.Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows some water resistance.Availability: Available in 80ml and 30ml bottles plus International sized cartridges from Cult Pens web-site.
  4. Following on from my thread announcing the launch of Diamine Shimmertastic inks I am happy to post my reviews of them. This one is Shimmering Seas This ink is blue-black with a great gold sheen. My reviews show you my experiences with these inks in several of my pens. I’ve experimented by having these inks in my pens for weeks, and have intermittently written with them to see how they start, and how they write. I must say I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve experienced no feathering with any of them, and they have all behaved really well for me. Diamine recommend that you gently agitate the bottle to mix the particles through the ink before filling your pen. They also recommend that you gently agitate your pen to mix the particles with the ink in your pen when starting a new writing session. I recommend good FP maintenance when using ink that contains particles. I suggest you clean your pens out a little more frequently than you might do with normal ink. These inks will come in 50ml glass bottles, and they have either gold or silver particles in them.
  5. I ordered this ink on impulse. I was re-ordering a bottle of Skrip Black, which I find works well in almost every pen. At the same time, I was experiencing frustration finding just the right ink for my Stipula Etruria Mila Gold Rush. I found some inks that behaved well but were not the color I wanted, and some with colors I liked with this pen but were (mostly) too wet, even pretty dry inks like Diamine Prussian Blue which was close but not perfect. So, I added Skrip Blue-Black to my shopping cart. Not a major investment, and I was sure it would get used in other pens, if it didn't do the job in the Etruria. The Skrip Blue-Black arrived this morning. I washed out the pen and re-inked it. It was amazing. It met all my criteria! I found few mentions of this ink on FPN and only a very few old reviews. None of them addressed the strong points I was seeing, so I thought I would throw my observations out for comments. Happy writing! David
  6. dr saleem ali

    A Mixture Blue-Black Ink

    In my quest of blue-black inks , I have acquired Parker Quink blue-black (latest formulation ), Pelikan 4001 blue-black (earlier version) ,and Pelikan 4001blue-black (latest version) ,and found none of them satisfactory to my visual appeal , I mean the "exact" blue-black for me. However, Pelikan latest formulation was closer, but not entirely satisfactory. Therefore, I decided to mix parker blue-black (present formulation) 3 equal parts with Parker black (present formulation) 1 part. These were bottled inks, no cartridges. I am presenting my result as a very informal and personal review for comments by fellow FPNers .I may not be the first one to do this. Sorry for my poor camera work.
  7. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Twilight

    I have decided to review some of my inks. These aren't necessarily in any particular order. This one is Diamine Twilight. I would call it a blue-black ink. It leans more towards the green portion of the colour spectrum than some dark blues like Tchaikovsky, Regency Blue and Midnight. It's more like a darker version of Prussian Blue, or Eau de Nil that both have green tones in them. It's a well behaved, quite saturated ink with a little shading. I found it flowed smoothly across the page, and had no problems with lubrication in both of the pens I used. I think it looks better in the Lamy Nexx M with it's 1.1 nib. This ink exhibits showthrough and a little bleedthrough on my thick paper, so I tried it on Rhodia dot pad paper. Showthrough and bleedthrough are both noticeable. The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink. In fact it almost completely disappeared after a few seconds.Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, and the nib used at that time was a F, this ink took 16-18 secs to dry.Showthrough and bleedthrough are both noticeable.It flows through the pen well and lubricates the nib well. I saw no skips or hard starts from either of the pens that both stayed uncapped while I swapped and changed, and did swabs and comparisons with other inksIt is currently available in 80ml glass bottles, 30ml plastic refill bottles or cartridges.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.It's a reasonable price
  8. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Eclipse

    I thought I would get a sample of Diamine Eclipse to see what it was like. It looks black in the bottle, but I see it as an almost black blue-black. It is leaning towards the end of the blue range of the spectrum, so that it almost goes into blue-violet, but I don't see purple in it. Just a very dark blue-black. I think it's name fits it very well. The inky blackness of a night sky that has a faint hue of blue about it. As someone who isn't a fan of black, grey or blue-black ink, I was surprised to find myself liking it. For me it's better than black as it has that very dark blue tint in it. I'm currently into attempting to match my pen barrel colours with the inks I use to fill them. So I filled my black carbonesque Pilot Capless (VP) with this ink. I had an empty, clean and dry cartridge, and syringed this ink into it. Pilot inks flow really wet in this Capless, but this seemed to write a bit dryer than some inks I have used recently. I head some slight feedback on this smooth, thick paper. It wasn't a bad thing, and it means the ink dries fairly quickly. The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink. I bet that will put some people off it, however, it has a bit of water resistance. Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, and the nib used at that time was a 1.1 stub, this ink took 12-15 secs to dry. It lubricates the nib well. I saw no skips or hard starts from either of the pens that both stayed uncapped while I swapped and changed, and did swabs and comparisons with other inks. So far as flow goes it's less wet than some Diamine inks I have reviewed. It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic refill bottles. It's also available in cartridges.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site. It's a reasonable price.





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