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Manufacturers since 1864, Diamine Inks relocated to this purpose built 'state of the art' factory in Liverpool in 1925, where they successfully carried on using the traditional methods and formulas for ink production. Over the years the company has changed hands and are now located close to the world famous Aintree Race Course



Diamine Indigo isn't indigo but, apart from this minor detail, it's pretty decent ink that performs well even on crappy Moleskine paper. It doesn't cause any feathering or blledthrough. It feels a little dry and lubrication is, for me, less than average. The appearance of this ionk may shift depending on pens and papers you use. Frankly I find this color easy on the eyes but slightly boring.


Drops of ink on kitchen towel


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Midori - Waterman Hemisphere, fine nib



Leuchtturm 1917 - Kaweco AL Sport, broad nib




Rhodia, Kaweco Classic, broad nib




Water resistance


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Thanks for the review! I really like this ink and find it a very interesting colour with interesting shading, but I have a preference for subdued colours anyway.

Just looking at my own notes, I gave it 4/5 for shading and 2.5/5 for wetness.

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I'm not much of a fan of this ink because I think it's mis-named (doesn't say "indigo"to me -- it's too light). I prefer Denim and Oxford Blue (both of which are a lot darker and richer colors).

Thanks for the review, though.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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This ink is easy to read back--"easy on the eyes." I find this a good feature for any ink to have. You are right, though, that it doesn't look indigo, so falls short of its target.

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Thanks for this, and it is a cracking ink.

The Good Captain

"Meddler's 'Salamander' - almost as good as the real thing!"

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Thank you, I have been looking at a few low-saturation/density inks lately (this, Skrip Blue-Black, Misty Blue, etc.) and a fresh look is quite helpful.

Hero #232 Blue-Black is my Waterman Florida Blue.


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Very dry ink! Actually the driest blue ink I have. Nothing dries faster on my Lamy Al-star 1.1 nib. I don't like it but I use it with a bit of water(few drops in an empty Lamy cartridge) and that helps things.

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I don't find it dry, under-saturated probably, but not dry. Good for writing to myself, certainly not a strong and bold look. Mine is a very old version, I wonder if things have changed with the newer version.

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I bought this ink way back because I found it the most interesting of Diamine's Blues (at the time). I still think that it's interesting now, but it's such a sensationally cold hue, brrr.

I really want to use it...but I can't. Maybe, I can try again and find a matching pen for it. The struggle never ends, does it?

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