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Comparison : Diamine Grey, Graphite And Jet Black

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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


This is a side-by-side comparison of three of the Diamine Greys.

In order top to bottom on the scan...

1. Grey, a mid-grey with a neutral tone.

2. Graphite, a dark grey with a slight hint of green.

3. Jet Black, a black that, with the right pen, can behave as a dark grey. There are many "blacker" blacks now and folks do mention this when dark greys are needed.

All three inks were scanned from their own pieces of paper at the same time then moved about in Photoshop.



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Excellent comparison. Especially these three, all from one and the same company.

I'm happy to see that you, too, have unveiled the -- however slight -- greenliness of the Graphite.



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The greenness was obvious when washing the remnants out of the converter.


I was surprised by how much the Jet Black bled on copy paper (Pukka 80gsm Everyday White) but then again it was never intended for use with fountain pens. Both the Graphite and Jet Black even bled a little on Rhodia - there were occasional little pinpricks visible on the back where I had dotted Is.


Then again my pen has been set for very wet flow and is scrupulously clean. It was fitted with a new feed by Onoto recently so I am finding long dry times and much wetter flow. It does mean that it can handle very dry laid papers without skipping however.


I have updated my post on page three of the British Ink Exchange with my newly available colours. I do have a couple that are not on that list yet but they will be within a week or so.

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