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I didn't really set out to review Diamine Sherwood Green ink, especially when there are already at least a dozen other reviews of it on FPN, but it just happened to be what I chose for testing my desk pens for how 'wet' or 'dry' they relatively write. Once I've done those tests, however, I have a semblance of what I think is more useful than writing with a given ink using a variety of known or designated nib widths in a review - which is to write with a number of instruments and/or nibs known (to the reviewer) to exhibit different degrees of 'wetness' for a narrow range of nib widths - so I decided to just augment the results and make an ink review out of it, but limit myself to one type of paper, being my 'standard' notepaper that I'm personally happy to recommend to any fountain pen user, and am pretty sure is widely available across Europe, Australasia and North America and readily importable elsewhere.

 

Anyway, here we go:

 

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Outside of sheer lack of accessibility and an exorbitant price per ml (for which I loosely set of threshold of A$0.80/ml) for an ink, the attribute that is most likely to put me, as a devotee of 'Japanese fine' nibs and small writing, off wanting to use an ink is aptness to exhibit feathering. (Noodler's Inks, I'm looking at you.) On my Rhodia Dotpad No.16 80gsm paper, I observed none from Diamine Sherwood Green.

 

(Yes, I'd even prefer to write with an 'ugly' colour that does not feather.)

 

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There is effectively no ghosting:

 

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and the only bleed-through is where I've damaged the coating of the paper with rough Sailor desk pen nib by overwriting spots that were saturated with ink at the time:

 

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I'm pleasantly surprised to see any water resistance from this ink at all. The writing on the bottom left corner of the page is actually more legible than the scan suggests, after it was stuck under a slow-running tap for two minutes.

 

Drying time of 15 seconds or so is quite decent and acceptable on a coated paper like that in the Rhodia Dotpad.

 

As you can see from the big swatch of colour, shading is definitely possible with this ink, and there is some shading in the writing samples:

 

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The ink has a rusty reddish-brown sheen that is visible even in the scanned image:

 

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so I'm sure if you use a non-absorbent paper such as stone paper or Tomoe River, you'll definitely see it on that too.

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Funny, your first two diamine reviews are the first two diamine ink bottles I ever bought.

 

I have a really hard time getting it to sheen. I also just never got a huge amount of love out of the color. I wound up going towards mont blanc irish green, monteverde olivine, pelikan olivine, sailor rikyu-cha and tokiwa-matsu, and private reserve ebony green

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Very detailed!

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It's funny: the very first time I got serious about finding an ink that would be a total go-to, I did a shoot-out with about 10 dark greens. This must be about 7-8 years ago already. I settled on DSG and I haven't had anything shake that as my number one green. Yes, I've gotten samples and bottles of other greens since then, and mix it up for fun, but there is *always* a pen with SG in it, and it is a very regular "correspondence" ink.

You could say I like this ink.

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I'd very much like to see Sherwood Green compared to the new German Editions: Smoke on the Water and November Rain. My Sherwood sometimes has a very strong dark purple sheen and I'd like to know exactly how similar/different Sherwood and November Rain are. Could someone please indulge me?

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Since you asked so politely :)

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The base colour of November Rain has more blue. You get a lot more sheen from November Rain than from Sherwood Green, and the sheen is almost magenta in colour instead of purple.

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Thank you! NR's base is indeed murkier. And the bright pink sheen!

Now it seems I have to buy November Rain as well. :wub:

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Excellent review, A Smug Dill! I really appreciate your inclusion of the Chinese characters as it illustrates that the ink does not have the tendancy to pool in tight places as many of J. Herbin inks do. And thank you for including the different sized nibs. I am also impressed by your language repertoire. Not many know Latin these days. Thank you for taking the time and effort to do this.

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I went forever with out finding a green that I liked. This one was the first, thanks for the review.

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Thank you for the review, A Smug Dill. :thumbup:

 

I'm using Diamine's Green/Black in a few pens at the moment, but you have inspired me to pull out Sherwood Green for the next rotation.

 

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I am also impressed by your language repertoire. Not many know Latin these days.

Thank you, but I don't actually understand Latin (although my fiancée does), any more than I can read or speak Japanese, haha! I can reproduce the letterforms in their respective alphabets (with mediocre penmanship) with a pen, that's all. And then, I didn't write anything in Chinese in about thirty years, until last year when I got back into fountain pens; I've forgotten a lot of the characters as well as the vocabulary, and had to look them up online. Some of my earlier efforts are downright embarrassing.

 

Thank you for taking the time and effort to do this.

My pleasure. Doing these reviews and writing samples gave me a reason to work on making my handwriting look a bit more decent.

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