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Chesterfield Antique Mariner


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Chesterfield inks seem to have been around for a while, but there aren't many reviews on FPN. Word is that they're either rebranded Diamine inks or that they come from the same manufacturer, but oftentimes can be bought at a much cheaper price. There are threads trying to match Diamine colors with Chesterfield colors, but supposedly the Antique line are supposed to be unique.


Mariner is one of the three newest inks in the Antique line.


When I think of "mariner" I think of stormy, wind-swept seas and frothy dark waves. The ink seems to do its name justice. Its a muted kind of blue that I didn't think I would like but quickly grew on me.


(sorry about the photos, it turns out that we no longer have a functioning scanner. To my eyes the photo on the right (taken in the evening around 5 o'clock) seems more accurate than the one on the left (taken at 8 in the morning), which seems a touch bluer)



The ink behaves pretty well- standard good behavior on Tomoe and Rhodia, and no feathering on cheap Staples brand filler paper, which is the notebook paper I use for school notes. I've found that on that paper it does show and bleedthrough the other side, however, so when I use it I oftentimes can only write on one side of the page.


I've also always found the Chesterfield inks to be pretty "watery" and as a result not very saturated (though they can be, and look pretty dark esp when wet or left in a pen for a while). Does lead to shading though, which is decent with this ink. Nothing spectacular.



And as per usual for a Chesterfield ink, water resistant was quite low (please ignore the pink smudges on the drip test, I had accidentally gotten some red ink on my fingers). However it does mean it was pretty easy to clean the pens and flush out the remnants of the ink.

Overall a good ink that I will enjoy using in the future.

Inks (Always willing to trade samples, PM me!): Noodler's Rome Burning, Noodler's Henry Hudson Blue, , J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune, P.W. Akkerman Laan Van Nieuw Oost-Indigo, Chesterfield Antique Slate, Chesterfield Antique Shamrock, Chesterfield Antique Jade, Chesterfield Antique Orchid, Chesterfield Capri, De Atramentis Apricot, De Atramentis Alexander Hamilton, J. Herbin Rouge Hematite (sans gold), Organics Studio Willow Green, Sailor Storia Magic Purple, Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu, Diamine Eau De Nil, Franklin-Christoph Midnight Emerald, Franklin-Christoph Black Cherry

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Thank you for this review. I'm waiting upon the arrival of a few bottles and it's reassuring to see how easy it is to clean out.

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Does the name of this ink make anyone else think of the harmless Albatross?


It is an ancient Mariner,

and he stoppeth one of three.

'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,

Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?


Wherefore indeed.

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