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Hi folks, I have decided to finally post a review and not just spy around Diamine Steel Blue is easily one of my favourite Diamine colours, it's that happy-teal-colour family which we cannot get enough of I took couple of notebooks and written a page to demonstrate what the ink looks like on each paper. Please do let me know if there are any other papers you'd like to see...so far we have Leuchtturm, Rhodia White & Ivory and Tomoe River. Enjoy! Mishka (^_~)
I'm currently reviewing some of my favourite Diamine inks. This one is Diamine Steel Blue. It's quite a greenish turquoise, and in trying to do comparisons, I find that all of my others are blueish turquoises. This ink is quite a bright shade. Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, this ink dries quite quickly in 10-12 seconds.It flows reasonably wet, and lubricates the nib quite well.No start-up problems noticed. No skipping noticed.It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles, or in 30ml plastic refill bottles directly from Diamine or from many online stores. The bottles don't have inkwells.This isn't a waterproof ink.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.It's reasonably priced.
I received a bottle of De Atramentis Steel Blue as part of my prize in the renaming competition. There are not many reviews of this ink on FPN, so I thought I'd give it a try. It's a nice ink with lots of shading and a good amount of sheen as well. It fethers slightly on low quality paper. The colour is teal, but probably on the bluer half of the spectrum. Sometimes it looks quite blue, and sometimes it looks rather green. If it had been slightly blue, this would have been a top 3 colour, in my book. http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv27/AndyYNWA/Ink%20reviews/De%20Atrementis%20Inks/6375b17d-fa1e-4697-9c3a-a8d0b5b54483_zpsxrz0ymmq.jpg Water resistance is non-existant. At least on Oxford Optik paper. http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv27/AndyYNWA/Ink%20reviews/De%20Atrementis%20Inks/c1006f8a-50df-47ca-b1a0-fe77511c6b9a_zpsysj5lm1q.jpg The sheen is really nice. Sorry for the poor picture, my iPhone doesn't like the lighting in my office. http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv27/AndyYNWA/Ink%20reviews/De%20Atrementis%20Inks/9c95557c-4772-4ea0-84a3-97e2802d52f3_zpsmliosuvl.jpg