Thursday, August 20, 2009

Review: Diamine Blue Black Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine Blue-Black

Diamine Blue-Black Fountain Pen ink tested in a Paperblanks journal with off-white paper - and in my favorite EF Yellow Lamy Safari fountain pen.

Similar to Sailor's Blue-Black without the obnoxious smell...

Great flow, saturated, nice shading.

Very similar to Diamine's Prussian Blue but with maybe just a tinge of green.

I am going to keep this one around as I like working with darker saturated colors like this.

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.

3 comments:

Henry said...

Is this color darker than prussian blue or is there just more of a green tint to it? I found prussian blue to be very light and grey...

Henry

Biffybeans said...

I found them to be very similar in shade with the exception that the Blue-Black seemed to have darker shadowing than the Prussian Blue. I tested each in an EF Safari - but I'm not sure if was the same pen.

As far as light goes... are you shaking the bottles first before you fill? I found that several of the Diamine inks needed to be shaken to allow for proper color distribution. I found this to be especially evident with the Sepia which I swabbed before shaking. It was like night & day...

Henry said...

Yes, I do shake the bottles fairly well. It has a distinct grey tone. I'm thinking this color is a bit darker and with a green tone, as you described. I'm still surprised how the Prussian blue looks so nice and vibrant. Oh well, it's a very nice shading ink in my 2000... It is slightly dry however.

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