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Noodler's Zhivago, Diamine Graphite And Evergreen


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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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I've not used Zhivago in ages and in fact sold one bottle a while back. Much more inclined to use Diamine Salamander or Racing Green these days, and Evergreen too, now and again. However, the Graphite does make a welcome change and is permanently in my 101N Lizard.

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Thank you for the review.

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Thanks for the comparisons.


I find Zhivago varies a great deal from pen to pen. In wet pens or fine nibs it looks nearly black. In medium nibbed pens with a drier feed it is quite green - and a very nice green at that. I like it both ways.


I haven't deliberately diluted it, but I have inked up a newly washed pen and realised it must have still had some water in it, which diluted the ink a tad. It looked great and in my case it did make it look greener; and much closer to the Evergreen 24 hr swab above.


One of the things I especially like about Zhivago is that it has a silkiness to it. Hard to explain, but it is special. Anyone else encounter this?

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