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  1. smiorgan

    Diamine Evergreen

    This is my first review here, but it's also on my blog. Have omitted some photos. Subjective: why I like Diamine Evergreen it appeals to me from a wet and a dry pen, fat and thin linesnice and calm like a mid-grey, but much better contrast and more interesting with the greenwarmer and perhaps not as in-your-face as some other green-blacks (e.g. Diamine Sherwood) the benchmark I would use for lubrication, flow, and ease of cleaninggreat VFM, UK manufacturer (Relatively) Objective: my Review Pens Pelikan M200 FineLamy Safari Charcoal with OM nib (dry writer)Lamy Safari White with OB nib (wetter writer)These are my "workhorse" pens, each with their own issues. The Pelikan and the broad Lamy can be hard starting with some inks and papers, and the Lamy Broad can also really drag on paper without lubrication. The Lamy Medium is much drier than the others, and really shows up some inks. Paper Clairfontaine 90 gsm exercise bookGeneric printer paperFilofax Flex cream paperThis ink changes colour over 24 hours from a sort of blue/green-black to a proper evergreen -- the scans are of the final colour after 24 hours (top) and just-dried (bottom). Clairefontaine paper -- top is after 24 hours, bottom is just dried http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cEVreyGU2WU/UiGjeYzKJ3I/AAAAAAAABJc/VjDwrlhsY0k/s400/evergreen-clairfontaine.jpg Copier paper -- top after 24hr, bottom just dried http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eHurR1xuxfk/UiGjkCrC3TI/AAAAAAAABJk/yZcfp7MkxK8/s400/evergreen-copier.jpg Filofax Flex -- Just Written http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pVwjr0D-TpU/UiGkAq7YECI/AAAAAAAABJ8/GWJAkNpa4ek/s200/evergreen-flex-justwritten.jpg Filofax Flex -- 24 hours http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ozXjmvs8O6E/UiGmANpWPuI/AAAAAAAABKU/z4kmZsY-AGI/s200/evergreen-flex-24hr.jpg The Clairfontaine paper can drag a bit, and the glossy surface can punish hard starters. I had neither problem with Evergreen. Printer paper feathers more but still no bleeding. Filofax flex cream paper is for a bit of fun to show how cream paper can really affect the ink. The ink looks like teal, verdigris or blue-black on this paper. Suspect it would do the same with other cream papers. All in all pretty good. I think the ink looks best on white paper, and for cream I'd choose a proper grey like Diamine Grey. Bleeding, Feathering http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BoIj0_-58Bg/UiGkA-QV1SI/AAAAAAAABKA/PwE3FiqRPPc/s400/evergreen-copier-showthrough.jpg Doesn't really bleed through any papers I tried, though threatens to with the fat Safari nib on printer paper. Feathers a bit with the Safari nibs on cheaper paper, but the Pelikan is very well behaved. Shows through a bit on thinner paper, but doesn't affect legibility. I've also used the Charcoal Lamy with Field Notes which tend to be hit and miss with fountain pens. With this ink everything is legible, no bleeding, feathering or show through. The line from the Pelikan is a little tidier, so I think that's an effect of the nib, not the ink. Lubrication and Flow Great. A real pleasure to write with. The fat Lamy OB glides over papers. Pretty much a benchmark fountain pen experience, even with the dry Lamy. Water resistance Good luck with that. If this ink left the tiniest residue I'd be happy, but any kind of soaking will make writing illegible. Cleaning Great, cleans up quickly, doesn't hang around (er, see above). Summary This ink ticks a lot of boxes for me, both colour-wise and with performance. Works in several different pens, on several different papers, and colour is to my liking in all cases. This is pretty much the benchmark I would use to compare other inks. Not all inks I have (Diamine and other manufacturers) are as lubricating, or easy to clean, or look good both wet and dry. However, there is no water resistance. That's a lower priority for me than the actual writing experience and my ability to read notes I made a few days ago (anything important gets transcribed).
  2. I know there's already been a superb comparison of green that included these three inks, but I wanted to add my own -- since the reviews of Zhivago seem so variable, from "just black" to an obvious green. Clearly Zhivago is greener that Graphite but not as green as Evergreen. Colour laid down is not far from the "fresh" evergreen before it lightens over 24 hours. I have tried diluting Zhivago. It does not make the ink any greener; the end result is something even closer to Graphite, though a tad greener. And ye gods, Noodler's ink smells.





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