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Today I'm reviewing Diamine Scarlet

A bright pink ink from the standard range. ‘Scarlet’ might make you think of bright red berries, but this Scarlet ink is definitely pink. The colour band on the bottle label is pink. Imagine this Scarlet as a raspberry colour.

 

Pink inks are notoriously difficult to reproduce online, and I’ve seen some online swabs and writing with Scarlet that look quite different to my sample. So, as usual, I have colour corrected my writing to resemble as closely as possible the shade that I can see on the paper. This messed up all of the comparison inks, so I corrected all of those separately as well as I could.

  • Flow Rate: Good. Not too wet in the pen & paper combinations I used.
  • Lubrication: Good with the M nib on several different papers, a bit more would have been nice with the Safari F nib.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Good.
  • Shading Potential: Some shading seen.
  • Sheen: None seen, although it might be a sheener if I splatted an ink spill.
  • Show-Through:
    • Rhodia Bloc
    • CiAK by InTempo
    • Field Notes
    • Cheaper generic 80 & 90gsm printer papers & lined pads.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Only a little seen on Field Notes.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after over 1 week in the pen
  • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days - easy clean-up
  • Staining (hands): Easy clean-up with bar soap. Two hand washes required with liquid soap.
  • Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
  • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows reasonable water resistance.
  • Availability: Available from Diamine Inks web-site and many other outlets.

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Thanks for the review but I still don't like it (the ink, har, har). Some papers do bring out its magenta and/or its strawberry etc. but for me it's still too pink. Looks like something for Amber, though....

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Thank you for your review! ... I'm not a pink or scarlet enthusiast, however, these hues belong to the universe of colours. That is why I don't ignore them in my ink tests. The most interesting part of your review is for me the ink comparison. So, thank you once more!

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Thank you for your review! ... I'm not a pink or scarlet enthusiast, however, these hues belong to the universe of colours. That is why I don't ignore them in my ink tests. The most interesting part of your review is for me the ink comparison. So, thank you once more!

 

You're welcome. :) I have a few inks ( :lol: ) so I like to drag out a few to do some colour comparisons, then everyone can see what might be similar. :)

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Jup! In my opinion the ink comparisons are not just instructive themselves but quite important to grasp the hue when you don't know have or know the ink.

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