Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Review: Diamine Pumpkin 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 colors very collectable, ideal for students or beginners still searching for their personal color of choice.

Pumpkin 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 Pumpkin

Slightly difficult to photograph, Pumpkin is a super saturated mega orange. Ironically, I don't really associate the color with a real pumpkin, as this is a brighter, happier color.

It's got great flow and little shading.

It's only downfall is this:

Pumpkin Nib

This is a Lamy Safari showing a major amount of nib-creep and crystallization with the Pumpkin ink. This is an extreme example most likely caused by my priming the converter a little too far, and then letting the pen sit. If I wipe the nib, I can get most of it off, but a line down the top of the nib does re-appear when I write. Knowing how much I love this ink, I can deal with the nib creep and despite the crystallization, I'm not yet noticing any flow problems, so I'm going to keep using it.

Diamine Pumpkin

Any time you see me pumping out a large amount of doodles with a new ink, it's typically a keeper.

Mandala doodle

Doodles created in a Clairefontaine hardback journal and in a Clairefontaine Watercolor book.

Diamine Pumpkin Mandala

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.


Anonymous said...

I've always been impressed by your photos, Stephanie. What type of camera/lens do you use?

Biffybeans said...

Thank you Anon - It's a 7.1 MP Canon Elph. I primarily shoot outdoors in macro mode. I use Picasa to edit the images.

Darlene said...

Is the nib creep a result of the ink or the pen itself?

Biffybeans said...

Darlene - When inks creep, I take it to be the ink. When the crystallization occurs like you see on the nib up top, it's more than likely a result of the cap not being seated properly thus allowing the ink to dry out. But then again.... I don't really know for sure. I'm just speculating.

Futons said...

I agree with you Biffybeans it surely is the result of the cap not used properly that allows the ink to dry out. I have faced the same problem several times. Very good pictures.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'll be commenting five years after the original review has been posted :)
As much as I love Pumpkin, I've also experienced the horrible nib creep. For a while, I thought it would be the pen, but this occurs in a variety of pens I have, both dry-writers and wet-writers. Something with the ink formula, I suppose.

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