Tuesday, June 9, 2009
How cool is this? Diamine Majestic Blue on an Herbin glass dip pen.
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.
Majestic Blue 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"
Diamine New Century Majestic Blue ink tested in a Paperblanks lined journal with off white pages. (Sorry about the white balance on this image.) I tested this ink in an Extra Fine Lamy Studio fountain pen - a blue one... and it seemed to match quite nicely. (Just a coincidence - I don't typically match my pens to ink colors.)
This is a crazy ink and I really like it. When I did the swab, there was a reddish sheen on top of the ink. You can see it if you tilt the page...fascinating. I haven't really experienced anything like that before.
It's super saturated, but there is some cool shading if you look close. The only color that comes to mind as being this dark blue is Private Reserve's Midnight Blues.
This ink has great flow.
Before I switched to a fountain pen, I wrote with a Papermate Stick Pen for years... and I've always been on a hunt for an ink that matches that kind of blue ball-point ink - which also has that bit of a reddish sheen to it. This is the closest I've come for sure.
I really like it and it's going to stick around for a while in my ink drawer.
Looking at it straight on...
And at an angle...
Mandala Doodle with the Majestic Blue ink.
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.