Monday, October 5, 2009

Review: Diamine Quartz Black Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine Quartz Black

Diamine New Century Quartz Black ink tested in an off-white lined Paperblanks journal with a F nibbed Sailor 1911 - one of my thinnest nibs which can sometimes be a bit of a dry writer.

This ink goes down dark but lightens as it dries. I'm a fan of super black inks and this isn't as saturated as I would prefer. (Perhaps a wider nib would put down a wetter, darker line.) After finding Herbin's Perle Noire, no other black ink seems saturated enough for me. The Quartz Black seems to have good flow - reminds me (in color) of Pelikan Brilliant Black or Sailor Gentle Black. (Not the Nano but the regular Gentle.) You can see shading with this ink and for me, if you can see shading with a black ink, it's not black enough for me.

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.

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