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I’m reviewing samples of the new set of Diamine Shimmer inks.

This one is Diamine Spearmint Diva

 

This is a fairly well saturated minty green ink with silver shimmer. It is like Diamine Steel Blue but is more green. It’s darker and more saturated than Diamine Soft Mint. It has silver shimmer and exhibits good shading.

 

I found it a quite wet and well flowing ink.

It had good lubrication with the pens I tried it with.

With broader nibs it looks more saturated than it does with finer nibs, although it’s wet enough to show the silver shimmer with all nibs.

It showed through on some of the papers I used.

 

The pens I used were a Parker 45 Consort with factory C stub nib, Lamy Nexx M Stub 1.1mm nib, Lamy Nexx M F nib.

The comparison inks were swabbed with a cotton bud and their ink names were written with a glass dip pen.

 

I consider Spearmint Diva a well-behaved ink. I didn’t experience any ignition or clogging problems with it. Clean-up was easy. No problem at all removing it from hands or pens using soap for hands and plain water for pens.

 

It is not sold as a water resistant ink but it is reasonably water resistant.

 

The Mebin UK Notebook I used was supplied by someone on FPN who sold TR 68gsm Notebooks. The paper in the Mebin UK Notebook is quite thick at 95gsm, it’s acid free, and has a really smooth surface with no drag or tooth at all. Inks generally take longer to dry on this paper, so wetter inks tend to pool and I knew that they would show their shimmer well enough for me to photograph the sheen.

 

The Moleskine Notebook is a UK clone, and I found there was very little spread on it.

  • Flow Rate: Quite wet, Good
  • Lubrication: Good
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: A fairly saturated ink
  • Shading Potential: Very good
  • Sheen: Silver shimmer
  • Show-Through:
    • Tomoe River 52gsm.
    • Cheaper generic 80gsm printer papers & lined pads.
    • Field Notes
  • Spread / Feathering: Not seen
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after over a week in the pen
  • Staining (pen): Not seen - easy clean-up
  • Staining (hands): Not seen - easy clean-up
  • Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
  • Water resistance: Has some water resistance.
  • Availability: Will be available from Diamine Inks web-site and other outlets.
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Absolutely love this one, particularly the red sheen. Thank you for another amazing review.

If there is righteousness in the heart, There will be beauty in character. If there is beauty in character, There will be harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, There will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world. Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba

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Absolutely love this one, particularly the red sheen. Thank you for another amazing review.

 

You're welcome. :) Yes, this is my kind of colour too. :) Apparently it's very popular with the people at Diamine. I wonder if there will be any left? :lol:

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You're welcome. :) Yes, this is my kind of colour too. :) Apparently it's very popular with the people at Diamine. I wonder if there will be any left? :lol:

I have no doubt there will be plenty to go round! I would be wanting dip my whole hand, nay, arm in a vat... I imagine that wouldn't go down well.

If there is righteousness in the heart, There will be beauty in character. If there is beauty in character, There will be harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, There will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world. Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba

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I have no doubt there will be plenty to go round! I would be wanting dip my whole hand, nay, arm in a vat... I imagine that wouldn't go down well.

 

:D I would really love to go to Liverpool and see the factory. :)

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:D I would really love to go to Liverpool and see the factory. :)

Oh how amazing would that be!!! Charlie, eat your heart out!

If there is righteousness in the heart, There will be beauty in character. If there is beauty in character, There will be harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, There will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world. Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba

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