Sunday, May 31, 2009

All 60 Diamine Fountain Pen Inks Swabbed for your Inky Pleasure

Diamine Reds, Oranges, Pinks and Yellows

Top to Bottom -

Column 1: Ruby, Passion Red, Poppy Red, Vermilion, Pumpkin, Monaco Red
Column 2: Maroon, Amaranth, Claret, Deep Magenta, Crimson
Column 3: Scarlet, Cerise, Brilliant Red, Flamingo Pink, Pink
Column 4: Coral, Orange, Blaze Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Amber, Yellow

Diamine Greens and Blues

Top to Bottom -

Column 1: Jade Green, Light Green, Kelly Green, Ultra Green, Woodland Green
Column 2: Emerald, Umber, Teal, Dark Green, Steel Blue
Column 3: Turquoise, Aqua Blue, Mediterranean Blue, Florida Blue
Column 4: Washable Blue, China Blue, Presidential Blue, Royal Blue, Sapphire Blue
Column 5: Indigo, Prussian Blue, Blue-Black, Majestic Blue, Imperial Blue

Diamine Purples, Gray, Blacks & Browns

Top to Bottom -

Column 1: Violet, Imperial Purple, Damson, Grey
Column 2: Jet Black, Quartz Black, Onyx Black
Column 3: Chocolate Brown, Saddle Brown, Raw Sienna, Sepia
Column 4: Dark Brown, Burnt Sienna, Golden Brown

Notes: Dotted colors are the ones I'm most interested in trying.

All inks were swabbed with a Q-Tip- one coat, on white Fontaine cold-press watercolor paper.

I was surprised at how saturated many of these inks appear to be - I'm wondering if they will stay that saturated when I ink up a few pens.

Imperial Purple has a second swab below it from my personal bottle that I bought about a year ago. Slight difference in shade.

I did my best to shake each bottle before swabbing, but you can see that I initially forgot with the Sepia. That's a grand example of why you need to shake the bottle...

The Majestic Blue is like no other color I've ever seen. There is actually a top coating of reddish over the blue that you can't see in this image. Tilt the page and you see two colors. I'll attempt to capture that when I review it.

I've previously tested 3 of these colors, Poppy Red, Pumpkin, and Maroon. I have 8 new colors inked up right now. Emerald, Jet Black, Claret, Ruby, Amaranth, Majestic Blue, Cerise and Damson.

I'm curious how many of these I'll keep for regular use. Of the 60, some are similar to each other, and some are similar to some of the Herbin colors I'm already using.

We'll See.

Buy Diamine Inks in the UK at The Writing Desk or directly from Diamine and in the US from The Pear Tree Pen Company or Art Brown. Ink is sold in 80ml glass bottles, 30 ml plastic bottles, and selected colors are available in cartridge form.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great piece of work - much appreciated. Thanks for the tip regarding 'shaking the bottle' before use.

Missive Maven said...

Alas, Pear Tree Pens STILL doesn't carry Diamine Teal! This breaks my heart. I really want to get my hands on it.

soloworx said...

Got confused there for a while. Was trying to follow the 'rows' when they were actually 'columns' instead. Thanks for the swabs - now I know the brown and orang hues I really want!

Chito

Biffybeans said...

That you Chito! I fixed the Row/Column bit.

So which do you really want?

soloworx said...

I love the vermillion and the burnt sienna. I find the Iroshizuku yuyake too pale compared to the Herbin vermillion. I wish though that Herbin had more than 30 mL per bottle (50 to 60 mL should be the sweet spot!).

soloworx said...

What was I thinking, of course you were reviewing Diamine colors, and not the Herbins! I tend to associate the latter with you more. LOL!

Biffybeans said...

Soloworx.. LOL! I really like the Herbin inks, but many are too light for my tastes. Perle Noire, Rose Cyclamen & Bleu Pervenche are keepers - I'm still holding Bleu Nuit & Eclat de Saphir to see....

From the Diamine, I'm already loving the Poppy Red & the Emerald. We'll see what else sticks out.

Connie said...

Wow - what an endeavor!

youstruckgold said...

Fantastic job! But I wouldn't expect anything less.

I love Diamine inks!

Richard & Mireille Paas said...

Good Job! The color's are amazing. I have two bottles of Diamine Ink, the Sapphire blue and the Presidential blue. In my Parker Duofold with M-nib, they seam to soak right trough my moleskine pages. That's one site of the Diamine Inks I have that I don't like.

Henry said...

Wow, that sapphire blue looks amazing! You should do a review on it, because the only one I can find looks like it's purple.

Do you have any writing samples of it?

Sam said...

What an absolutely fantastic post, thanks so much! :) Will make ordering from Diamine much easier as your colour swatches are better than theirs IMHO!

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