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  1. I have decided to review some of my inks. These aren't necessarily in any particular order. This one is Diamine Deep Magenta. I would call this a bright Fuschia pink ink. My idea of deep magenta would be a darker shade than this. It looks much better in writing than in the cotton bud swabs I took. I've always quite liked J Herbin Rose Cyclamen, and this is a similar colour. If the swabs are anything to go by Rose Cyclamen may be slightly more saturated. I remember De Atramentis Dianthus being very similar to this because I once had a sample, but sadly I don't have any left. As usual for a Diamine ink, it's a well behaved, reasonably saturated ink. It doesn't show much shading. I found it flowed smoothly across the page, and had no problems with lubrication in the Waterman Phileas and Lamy Nexx M pens I used. Sorry, but for some reason they were both stub nibs. I made the mistake of filling 2 pens with similar nibs. This ink exhibits slight showthrough but no bleedthrough on my Conqueror paper. My guess is that this would showthrough much more on cheaper paper. The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink, but it seems quite resistant.Bearing in mind the paper I use is quite absorbent, and the nib used was a stub, this ink took 16-18 secs to dry. That's a long time on this paper.It flows through the pen well and lubricates the nib well. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and comparisons with other inks.It 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





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