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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


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.


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.


Shading was only slight as this is a medium-saturation ink.

Water tests were interesting...


The ink was fairly water-resistant and clung to the paper strongly.

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wow, this gray looks beautiful. Never though diamine have any water resistant inks other than the registrar.

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This (and Grey) was a surprise to me too. I know Diamine Prussian Blue has a grey component that clings well in soapy water too.

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Great review. It's one of the inks I might return to but more from the green viewpoint. Diamine Grey is all the grey I need.

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georges zaslavsky

Very nice grey, looks almost black. Thanks for the review

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Thanks for your review Daniel. Just as I was letting some moths out of my wallet to buy Diamine Grey ( I bought a 30ml bottle and loved it), I decided to see what you thought of Graphite, and.... I'm stuck in the paralysis of analysis again.

I've already got MB Oyster, so I think I'm going to go with Graphite as my monthly treat. Oh, and Teal also, because you have already sold me on that. :thumbup:


i) stop reading your reviews and then dashing off to buy more ink, or

ii) buy another ink shelf.








Anyone on FPN good with shelves?

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Nice review as always. There sure are lots of greys out there, but none like this (I think). What I like about it is the slightly green hue.



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Really like your review - content and style.


Very thorough and easily read with excellent images.


Thank you,

“Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today, because if you do it today and like it, you can do again tomorrow!”

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I think it was well worth paying for the colour calibration sheet for the scanner when I bought it. It always does a very fine job of showing the on-paper colour.

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