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  1. white_lotus

    Diamine Eclipse

    An FPN inky friend sent me some inks, and this one, Diamine Eclipse, was one. As you may know Diamine has been around since the 1860s, and has a large range of inks, solid reputation, favorable prices, and ready availability through out the US, EU. Perhaps even the major markets in Asia as well. The handling for this ink was really excellent, not too wet, not too dry, very good flow. There seems to be some divergence of opinion as to the actual color of this ink amongst the various vendor web sites; one calling it purple, another saying blue-black leaning to black. In the converter it has a violet cast, but the writing appears as black, or, perhaps to some, dark grey. It's not really a grey ink, but depending on the pen and paper your may not get as dark a line. I didn't have this problem. I did have some show through and a bit of bleed through on the cheaper inkjet paper. Whether that's acceptable to you depends on what paper you have and how it responds to this ink. Diamine Eclipse is not water resistant, but a decent amount of ink stays behind when blotted, and when washed with water. So there is a sliver of hope for recovery of your writing. Overall a very well behaved ink. If you don't want to use a boring black at work or school, you can get away with using this ink. Pen: Edison Premiere (F-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory. Camera: iPhone 7
  2. Hi guys, I need help again with something I am planning to buy. The sparse mentions of Daytone "Dark Grey" online describe it as a blue-black but with no image to add context. The closest I have found that show the ink are this and this. Is there some green in it? But then the listing for Glare ink (supposedly the exact same ink) doesn't show any green and is almost indistinguishable with "Blue-Black". I have attached the swab sample from the Amazon.in listing of Daytone below but anyone who has relied on the Noodler's and Private Reserve manufacturer-supplied swabs would know to ask for confirmation/a second opinion first.
  3. DanielCoffey

    Diamine Graphite

    INK : DIAMINE GRAPHITE PAPER : RHODIA #16 A5 white lined PEN : Onoto Magna 261 Medium nib tweaked for wet flow by John Sorowka (Oxonian). Scanner : IT8-calibrated Epson V600 flatbed Colour Space : Adobe RGB Matte : 50% grey and 100% white Post-process : Unsharp Mask Colour Balance : Neutral http://www.dcoffey.co.uk/images/fountainpennetwork/ReviewGraphite.jpg WATER RESISTANCE : One thing I wish to point out immediately is that I changed my mind about the water-resistance of this ink between the quick test I did when writing this page and the proper drip and soak test I did afterwards. I found that once dry, Diamine Graphite is significantly water-resistant. A little of the colour lifts but what is left behind is very clearly legible. DRYING TIME : Fairly long, particularly since I use a nib and feed adjusted for very wet flow. In the order of 30s even on copy paper. BLEED THROUGH : I saw moderate bleed-through on Pukka 80gsm copy paper and even a little on Rhodia. It was just the odd tiny pinprick showing through but it was visible Here is a close-up of the swab. http://www.dcoffey.co.uk/images/fountainpennetwork/ReviewGraphiteSwab.jpg Diamine Graphite does have a greenish tinge in my opinion. This is clearly visible when rinsing any pen parts as the washing water will show a green colour. And a close-up of the shading. http://www.dcoffey.co.uk/images/fountainpennetwork/ReviewGraphiteShade.jpg Shading was only slight as this is a medium-saturation ink. Water tests were interesting... http://www.dcoffey.co.uk/images/fountainpennetwork/ReviewGraphiteWater.jpg The ink was fairly water-resistant and clung to the paper strongly.
  4. COMPARISON : DIAMINE GREY, DIAMINE GRAPHITE, DIAMINE JET BLACK PAPER : RHODIA #16 A5 white lined PEN : Onoto Magna 261 Medium nib tweaked for wet flow by John Sorowka (Oxonian). Scanner : IT8-calibrated Epson V600 flatbed Colour Space : Adobe RGB Matte : 50% grey and 100% white Post-process : Unsharp Mask Colour Balance : Neutral === This is a side-by-side comparison of three of the Diamine Greys. In order top to bottom on the scan... 1. Grey, a mid-grey with a neutral tone. 2. Graphite, a dark grey with a slight hint of green. 3. Jet Black, a black that, with the right pen, can behave as a dark grey. There are many "blacker" blacks now and folks do mention this when dark greys are needed. All three inks were scanned from their own pieces of paper at the same time then moved about in Photoshop. http://www.dcoffey.co.uk/images/fountainpennetwork/ComparisonGreyGraphiteJetBlack.jpg http://www.dcoffey.co.uk/images/fountainpennetwork/ComparisonGreyGraphiteJetBlackSwab.jpg

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