Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Review: Diamine Amaranth Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine Amaranth

Diamine New Century Amaranth fountain pen ink tested in a lined off-white Paperblanks journal, with a medium nibbed Sailor Sapporo fountain pen.

This is a dark, deep pinkish wine color. Good flow, (in this wet writer) and the ink color darkens as it dries... a lot. Shading is evident. It's a dark cherry/berry color.

Mandala Doodle

These days, I'm needing new glasses, (bi-focals) and the ink doesn't look pink to me until I look at it without my glasses but it's definitely a dark, very dark pink. Deeply saturated, I like it a lot, but it's still not quite the burgundy wine/ pigeon's blood color I have been looking for.

The level of saturation seems to vary if I write faster - it's hard to explain. Maybe more ink flows from this wet M nib if I write slower...

For now, it's a keeper and I'm looking forward to trying it in a thinner nibbed pen.

Loving the word Amaranth - and it's a new one for me. Wiki tells me that there are over 60 different kinds, and that some are cultivated as food. In the wild, it's a weed called Pigweed. But the most interesting bit I found was this: "The flowers of the 'Hopi Red Dye' amaranth were used by the Hopi Amerindians as the source of a deep red dye." Love it. To me the name sounds like it could be of one of the fair maidens of King Arthur's time.

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 collectible, ideal for students or beginners still searching for their personal color of choice.

Amaranth is a "New Century" Fountain Pen Ink. Launched in January 2006, New Century Fountain Pen Ink is available in 30 vibrant shades also suitable for any fountain pen brand"

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.



Okami said...

Lovely color, matches pretty well to the real amaranth. I wish that I didn't already have too much ink [sigh]

Sam said...

I've been looking forward to your review of this ink. Fantastic review of a really lovely ink, thank you. Daimine Amaranth is now on my shopping list.

AK-Writer said...

ooh! nice... Great, now I have another one to get.. ;-) I'm trying to find a perfect burgundy/blood color as well. I was going to try noodlers tiananmen next, but this one looks promising too.

Great review!
Love the site BTW, I;ve become a regular reader.

Kateryn said...

Nice review - thanks!
I was wondering, did you ever find that burgundy wine/pigeon's blood colour? I've been looking for that, too!

Biffybeans said...

AK Writer & Kateryn - it may be hard to find, but check out Rohrer & Klinger's Magenta. It's even deeper and darker than the Amaranth.

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