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

This one is Diamine Wine Divine

It’s a saturated, Bordeaux or Burgundy wine colour, dark red ink with some nice shading and sheen as well as gold shimmer.

It’s a similar shade to Diamine Syrah.

 

I found it a wet and well flowing ink.

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

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

It showed through on some of the papers I used.

The pens I used were a Lamy Al-Star with M 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 found Wine Divine a well-behaved ink. I didn’t experience any ignition or clogging problems with it. I had no problem cleaning it out of pens using cold water or off of skin using soap and warm water.

 

It is not sold as a waterproof ink but it is 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: Wet, very good.
  • Lubrication: Wet, very good
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: A saturated ink
  • Shading Potential: Very good; shading can easily be seen.
  • Sheen: Gold 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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Back Mebin then Back Moleskine

 

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wine with sparkles. Could this be sparkling wine? But seriously, love the review and the look of this ink. Then again, I am a sucker for these kind of burgundy colours

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wine with sparkles. Could this be sparkling wine? But seriously, love the review and the look of this ink. Then again, I am a sucker for these kind of burgundy colours

 

You can get red sparkling wine (and it's delicious.) :D Thank you and you're welcome. :)

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Never tried that, but I guess I need to now. But I have tried several Jacob's Creeks :) all very nice stuff indeed. It is not ink, but does sometimes improve your writing... until you look at it the next morning, of course :)

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Never tried that, but I guess I need to now. But I have tried several Jacob's Creeks :) all very nice stuff indeed. It is not ink, but does sometimes improve your writing... until you look at it the next morning, of course :)

 

Yes indeed. Hic. :D

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This is a beautiful ink. I will give it a try. Thanks for the review, Chrissy.

 

You're welcome. :) Please let us know how you get on with it. :)

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