Monday, October 19, 2009
Diamine Mediterranean Blue ink tested in an off-white ruled Paperblanks journal with a .7 Cursive Italic Pelikan M200 fountain pen.
To me, one of the best tests of an inks flow is to put it one of my pens that has a cursive italic nib. If I can't "feel" the corners of the nib on the paper as I write, then I know it's got good flow. If I can feel the corners dig into the paper, then I know it's too dry/thin for my tastes and I will not likely care for it in a thinner nibbed pen - like an Extra Fine.
This ink has excellent flow.
I sometimes get stuck on how to describe blue inks because it's not what I'm used to using and if I do, it's usually a much darker blue. I'd call this a bright middle blue. Moderately saturated with great shading. (Similar in saturation to Diamine's Royal Blue) Remember the color of those blue freeze-pops from when you were a kid? This is that same color. It reminds me of a darker version of Herbin's Bleu Prevenche - which I am a fan of. I am going to keep this one around for a while - especially in this pen.
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.