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Diamine Writer's Blood


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Diamine Writer's Blood is a beautiful burgundy/bordeaux/purple ink. Though it's called "blood" it isn't a muted dark red, but has a prominent purple tone. On Tomoe River a very subtle golden sheen could be observed. It's somewhat water resistant.

 

The ink writes very wet and really smooth. What a joy to write with.

 

All images are scans colour-corrected with grey card, except close-up photos which are also white-balanced with a grey card.

 

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Samples

(Pens: Nakaya Soft Medium, Platinum 3776 Music nib)

 

(Maruman looseleaf)

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(Rhodia)

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(Tomoe River)

 

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Comparison

(Maruman looseleaf. Writer's Blood is in the first image below.)

 

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Great review!  Thank you as always :)

 

I have Writer's Blood, but I use it only very rarely. It behaves perfectly well, but I find it darkens with a slightly rusty tone far too quickly in the pen, and in a fine nib has almost no colour at all - it might as well be black. I'm glad my blood isn't that colour.

 

Looking at your lovely swabs makes me realise, though, that much of my ambivalence about this one is because it simply isn't in a part of the colour spectrum that appeals to me at all. I love pinks and even reds, but once they start heading down the burgundy path they lose all their appeal. 

 

 

 

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Lovely review and writing samples. Unfortunately, my bottle of Writer's Blood is simply too wet to use as is --- actually dripped (slowly, but steadily) from my x450 with ultraflex nib (which functions fine with every other ink I've used in it) and also turned a nice precise needlepoint into an inconsistent and slightly blobby F to M. It behaves better diluted 1:1 with distlled water, but loses the darker tone I wanted --- so it is relegated to a mixing ink for me.

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Thanks for the review, @lgsoltek!  You make this ink look lovelier than any other pics I've seen of it! :D  But nearly all the reports on reddit (where the ink color was chosen and named) match @jandrew's - too wet to use.  I'm thinking it might be great for someone who prefers wet inks but has a really dry pen...

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I was struck, too, by what a wet ink it was. My TWSBI 580 writes a tad on the dry side, so it's a really good match for this ink. Certainly not unusable, and even gives a bit of shading on Cosmo Air Light paper. But it struck me as 'on the wet side', not 'so wet as to be unusuable except in really dry pen.'

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@lgsoltek Thanks for another ink review, which is delightful to look at as is always the case with your reviews. :)

 

1 hour ago, Ergative said:

I was struck, too, by what a wet ink it was.

 

Come to think of it, maybe that's why my wife loves it in my (now her) Platinum #3776 Century Bourgogne with a seriously dry-writing SF nib.

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The more I write with this ink, the more I like it. It seems very prone to nib creep, but I can tolerate that for how nice it is in every other aspect.

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I have found it to be pretty much a duplicate of MB's Antoine de Saint-Exupery Encre du Desert, both in flow and in colour - except of course considerably cheaper.

 

I really like to find inks that are exceptionally wet or outrageously dry. Perfect for correcting the foibles of so many pens.

 

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I have a 30ml bottle of Writer’s Blood, but haven’t tried it yet. Thank you for all the effort you put into this excellent review. 

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On 7/28/2021 at 3:10 AM, RJS said:

It seems very prone to nib creep,

 

I must say I haven't observed that on either of the pens in which I've tried the ink. One's a Fine Writing International Planets series pen, the other a Platinum #3776 Century, so both of them are fitted with spring-loaded inner caps for extremely effective sealing when the pen is unused.

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Beautiful comparison swabs! Thanks for the review. 
 

I enjoy this ink. It flows well in a white Kaweco Sport M and looks more brown than I had imagined it might. I hadn’t thought of it as a wet pen, but seeing the comments here, I’d like to try it in other, drier pens to see how it flows and how the color shifts. It may be perfect in a very XF vintage Sheaffer Touchdown I have (with a burgundy barrel).  

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Thank you for posting this review and comparison. I like all blood-colored inks. 

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7 hours ago, A Smug Dill said:

 

I must say I haven't observed that on either of the pens in which I've tried the ink. One's a Fine Writing International Planets series pen, the other a Platinum #3776 Century, so both of them are fitted with spring-loaded inner caps for extremely effective sealing when the pen is unused.

I've only tried this in my Lamy Nexx thus far. I love the nib that one has, because it is unusually squared off, unlike all the other Lamy pens I have. It's my favourite tester pen for new inks, but I doubt it seals well.

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@lgsoltek We have missed your amazing reviews.  You make every ink look amazing with your perfect penmanship.

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For me, Diamine Writer's Blood is a well behaved ink but it is not a color I find myself using. IIRC I only got a 30ml bottle and it is probably a color that I will not repurchase.

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Your penmanship is incredible and probably makes this ink look far better than it would for my handwriting. I actually just inked up my Pilot Custom 823 with it today...and I was a little disappointed in the results, to be honest. It's not a bad ink in terms of color. Sort of like a Dark Cherry. The problem is the wetness. I actually do like wet inks in general, and I'm using a medium nib, which normally lays down a nice thick wet line, which I love. But Writer's Blood feels like it's gushing out of my pen (literally dripping out of the back of the nib sometimes) and lays down some really thick, wet heavy lines. I think that's what I'm not used to. The lines are not just thick and wet, but look HEAVY, which bothers me.

 

It looks pretty good on 90gms Clairefontaine paper, as well as on 52 gsm Tomoe River paper, but on my Leuchtturm notebooks and also Mnemosyne it feathers quite a bit more than I like. What's funny is that it writes suprisingly well on my Life Noble notebook paper, which made all my other inks [Iroshizuku take sume (black) and Noodler's Black Swan in Australia Rose (burgundy) ] feather a bit. It also looks pretty good on a Rhodia notepad.

 

I got Writer's Blood because I really REALLY loved Diamine's Oxblood in my Lamy 2000. That was just a sublime writing experience. Oxblood is just a gorgeous ink, very well behaved on the notebooks that I use the most. I was looking for something a little darker than that to go into my PC823, so I went with Writer's Blood. I just didn't fall in love with this ink. Maybe I need more time with it, experiment a little with it, I don't know. I really just want an ink that looks great, flows smoothly, and doesn't go nuts on most of my notebooks. Unfortunately, Writer's Blood just doesn't seem to behave well for me. I feel like I have to be extra careful with it, which is not something I want to think about it when I'm writing. 

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