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Ink Review: Diamine Carnival 150Th Anniversary Ink


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I'm currently reviewing some of my favourite Diamine inks. This one is the red ink from the latest Diamine 150th Anniversary collection: Carnival.

  • Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, this ink dries reasonably quickly.
  • It flows quite wet and lubricates the nib very well. No start-up problems noticed. No skipping noticed.
  • It didn't dry out when I left the cap off the pen while I did the swabs and the comparison inks.
  • It is currently available in wedge shaped 40ml glass bottles that don't have ink wells.
  • Water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink. It washes off skin very easily.
  • It's reasonably similar to Diamine Matador.
  • Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.



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I wonder if something is wrong with the scan or my monitor.. the ink looks brown to me. It's supposed to be red - I have Matador that you used for comparison, and it is much redder in person...

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My scan shows it as red on my monitor, and it's red on the scan.


Below is a monitor adjustment that may assist.


Kindly adjust the brightness & contrast of your monitor to accurately depict this Gray Scale.
As the patches are neutral gray, the colour on your monitor should also be neutral.

Figure 1.
Grey Scale.

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  • 2 years later...

Chrissy, I pulled out my sample and the ink had dried dark brown but when I look at it, the ink is red. I'm enjoying this ink. Did you ever compare yours to Red Dragon? Thank you for the review!

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  • 3 weeks later...

Chrissy, I pulled out my sample and the ink had dried dark brown but when I look at it, the ink is red. I'm enjoying this ink. Did you ever compare yours to Red Dragon? Thank you for the review!


You're welcome. :) I will find my review forms and check out both points. I think Red Dragon is darker than Carnival though.

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