Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Review: Diamine Onyx Black Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine Onyx Black

Diamine New Century Onyx Black ink tested in an off-white ruled Paperblanks journal with an EF Lamy Safari fountain pen.

IMHO - the darkest, most saturated of Diamine's 3 black inks. In fact, it seems as though it may even be darker than Herbin's Perle Noire - my current favorite black ink because of its saturation and flow.

Right now, I have this Onyx ink in one of my favorite Lamy Safari's and it's flowing effortlessly. Very saturated and I can't really see any shading.

This ink may beat out the Herbin as my favorite black ink. I've noticed that the Perle Noire will sometimes push through on certain papers. If the Onyx does not, it just might become my number one black ink. Further tests & comparisons will need to be performed but for now, I am definitely keeping this one.

Diamine Onyx Black 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.

3 comments:

1000km said...

Any further thoughts on whether this is a Perle Noire beater? Thanks!

Biffybeans said...

Good question but no.... I haven't tested it any further because since this time, I've obtained Aurora Black and the Sailor Nano Black. I love the Perle Noire but it kept bleeding through where other inks didn't. Right now, I have 5 pens inked w/ the Nano Black - mostly because I am interested in a waterproof black for drawing as well as writing - though the Nano has some interesting characteristics such as looking almost flat and gray at certain angles and very deep and saturated at others. So much ink, so little time!

Peter said...

I'm also trying to decide between Perle Noire and this ink (this one is about 1/3 the price). I'm a student so no bleedthrough and a fast dry time are essential. Any more thoughts, 2 years on? Thanks.

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