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Ink Review: Diamine Merlot


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I have decided to review some of my inks. Today I selected two red wine associated inks.

This one is Merlot.


I compared this ink with J Herbin Pousierre de lune, and with Diamine Music Gift set Handel. They are both slightly more purple whereas Merlot leans towards the browner side of the burgundy red spectrum. They all tend to be quite popular shades though.


  • The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink. In fact it almost completely washed away with a couple of drops of cold water.
  • Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, and the nib was a Lamy Nexx medium nib, this ink dried quite quickly: 10-12 secs to dry
  • It flows reasonably wet, not chalky and lubricates the nib well. I noticed no problems with flow start-up, or drying out or lubrication.
  • It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic refill bottles.
  • Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.
  • It's a reasonable price


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Thanks Crissy, great review. I like this ink, especially the way it shades and for its "winey" colour.

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Thanks for the review. I have enjoyed this trip through your favorites. While I like this one, there are others I like better.

"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson


"I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel


I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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