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  1. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Poppy Red

    It's starting to feel like Spring here so I have been writing with another bright Spring like colour. This one is Poppy Red. This is a really bright scarlet red. It jumps off the page. It's a saturated red ink that looks even better when it's used in a pen with a broader nib. It almost looked subdued when I wrote with it in my fine nibbed AL Star. I loved it in my Lamy red Safari and it was such a good match for it. I decided to try and draw a poppy, but I know I'm no good at drawing so I did it in steps. This ink was a joy to write with, neither too wet nor too dry. It flowed well in the
  2. Today I'm reviewing Diamine Brilliant Red ink. Diamine Brilliant Red is a mid-red dye based ink that could be viewed as a “standard daily red.” It’s neither too pink nor too orange and is from Diamine Inks standard range. Diamine Brilliant Red isn’t a heavily saturated red, it’s less saturated than Diamine Poppy Red and Sheaffer Skrip Red, but it’s that type of bright red. I found it flowed well in the pens I used it with and I saw some shading particularly with the finer nibs. It looked more saturated with my Lamy B nib. Lubrication was good, and it felt smooth writing across all of
  3. I’m reviewing samples of the new set of Diamine Shimmer inks. This one is Diamine Firefly It’s a orange leaning, saturated, red ink with gold shimmer. It has some nice shading. Think a similar shade to Matador, Montblanc Corn Poppy Red or Sheaffer Skrip Red, but more saturated. I found it a wet and well flowing ink. It had very good lubrication with the pens I tried it with. With broader nibs it looks much more saturated than it does with finer nibs, although it’s wet enough to show the gold shimmer with all nibs. It showed through on some of the papers I used. The pens I used were a
  4. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Ruby

    My latest ink is Diamine Ruby Diamine Ruby is another very good red ink. It's not quite as bright or as eye-catching as Wild Strawberry, or Classic Red, but Ruby is still a nice, red. It's a well behaved ink in all of the pens and on all of the paper I tried it with. It's not overly saturated but I saw plenty of attractive shading. It goes even further towards the pink end of the colour spectrum, and could easily be described as cherry or dark pink. It is certainly the colour of rubies though, so it's another ink that does exactly what it says on the bottle. It wrote straight away without an
  5. My latest ink samples from Diamine include Passion Red, so that's the ink I'm reviewing today. It'a a bright red, as you would expect. It leans more towards the pinkish side of the colour spectrum than Wild Strawberry and Classic Red, and it never looks orange. If you're being romantic, maybe it looks like a red blush in the cheeks or on the neck? Diamine Passion Red is a bright red. It's a very good performer in all of the pens and on all of the paper I tried it with. It's reasonably saturated but I don't see much shading and I saw no noticeable sheen. It wrote straight away without any har
  6. I've heard that the release date for these new inks is 4th November; Fountain Pen Day, so I'm posting separate reviews for them on here. I assume they will come in the same type of bottles as the previous set of shimmer inks, but I haven't seen the retail bottles yet. Currently I only have samples that Diamine very kindly sent me to test, and to review 'if I wanted to', but I've noticed that my samples don't need much shaking to mix the particles in, and the pens need very little shaking once they are filled.Generally speaking, I found all 12 of these new shimmer inks to be wetter than all of
  7. My latest ink is Diamine Classic Red Diamine Classic Red is a good, bright red ink. Not quite as bright or as eye-catching as Wild Strawberry, but still a nice, bright red. Classic Red leans more towards the pink end of the spectrum than Wild Strawberry does. In fact, even though I thought I had many reds, I couldn't find any in my collection, that I would say are almost identical to it. It's a well behaved ink in all of the pens and on all of the paper I tried it with. It's not overly saturated but I saw plenty of attractive shading. It wrote straight away without any hard starts or skipping
  8. My latest ink is Diamine Wild Strawberry As we are at the end of the first week of the Wimbledon grand slam tennis tournament, we now have British strawberries in our shops. So I picked Wild Strawberry as my ink to review today. Diamine Wild Strawberry is a really bright red. It's a very attractive red, without particularly leaning towards pink or orange. It's also a great performer in all of the pens and on all of the paper I tried it with. It's quite well saturated but I don't see much shading and I saw no noticeable sheen. It wrote straight away without any hard starts or skipping. The
  9. I always planned to review two reds, Diamine Poppy Red and Tulip next to each other. It saves emptying and cleaning out the pens that are filled with the comparison colours. This one is Tulip from the Flowers Gift Set. This is another very good, bright red. It is very slightly darker than Poppy Red, and has slightly less of the pinkish undertone/edge than Poppy Red has. It's a very saturated red ink that looks even better when it's used in a pen with a broader nib. Like Poppy Red, it looked more subdued when I wrote with it in my fine nibbed pen. I loved it in my Lamy Nexx and they were an ex





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