Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Review: Diamine Poppy Red Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine Inks

From the Diamine Website:

30ml Diamine Fountain Ink:

"Brand New Design PVC Bottle, Light weight and with an affordable price makes the full range of 60 colours very collectable, ideal for students or beginners still searching for their personal color of choice.

Poppy Red is a "New Century" Fountain Pen Ink (Though the label above says "Old English") Launched in January 2006, New Century Fountain Pen Ink is available in 30 vibrant shades also suitable for any fountain pen brand"

Diamine Poppy Red

I don't know what to say. I inked up a Lamy Safari (.5 Cursive Italic Nib) with Diamine's Poppy Red and it's almost as sweet as lying down in a field of poppies....

It is just THE MOST PERFECT red ink I have ever seen. To me, it's as red as red can be. Candy apple red.

Diamine Poppy Red

Back to the ink. It's saturated. Little shading... Great flow. It's similar to, but darker than Herbin's Rouge Caroubier. (Sadly, now the RC is going to be moved to the giveaway box...)

Note: I've only had this ink in a wider nibbed pen... the results may vary if used in a thinner nibbed pen.

I had been having a hard time finding a red I liked because they were always too thin, too orange, or too pink.

This one is juuuuust right.

Multiple doodles with a new fountain pen ink usually means it's going to end up as a keeper.

More poppy red doodles

Doodles in a hardback Clairefontaine journal.

Poppy Red doodles

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


Henry said...

Nice red, but I don't especially like it. It's a little bright for me.

Gentian said...

I agree it does look like a candy apple red!Very pretty colour.

Kate said...

Love the Poppy Scen! Oh, and the ink is nice too. ;)

Thanks so much for posting so many reviews on this site (and FPN). I'm a bit of an ink, pen, and paper junkie myself, and your 'doodles' are fun filled feeds for my addition. You're so going on my links page.

Biffybeans said...

Thank you Kate! Know that you are not alone in your obsessions. :o)

PointFour said...

Have you compared Diamine Poppy Red to Sheaffer Skrip Red, which Richard Binder and others seem to like? Also, have you noticed the new Diamine Wild Strawberry that's just been released?

Biffybeans said...

I have to admit that I can't remember if I ever tried the Scrip Red or not. When I was looking for a red, there was a time when I had tried a good many samples from Pear Tree Pens without taking note of what they were. I stopped looking for other red inks because I was happy with this one - and quite honestly, because I had grown somewhat burned out on testing inks. :o) Thanks for asking!

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