Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Review: Diamine Royal Blue Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine Royal Blue

Diamine Old English Royal Blue ink tested in a fine nibbed Pelikan M200 fountain pen on off-white ruled Paperblanks paper.

When I first tested this ink I thought, "Another blue... yawn." I typically like my "regular" blues to be dark and very saturated. (Think Majestic Blue) I initially found nothing special about this ink until I started to draw with it and saw some very interesting shading.

Really nice flow, some shading and moderately saturated.

Still not sure what to make of it, though I think it's unlikely I'd use it as everyday blue.

Diamine Royal Blue 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.


damedandelion said...

This is my favourite non-dark blue - a shade I didn't ever think I'd like. I don't know what it is - maybe because it resembles the blue sky early a summer evening here in the north. Anyway; when I first tried it (freebie cartridges from Diamine) I instantly fell in love with it and have been surprised to see that so few others seems to be passionate about it. Thanks for a very fine review - I like your mandalas!

Diego F. said...

I like that kind of blue inks. I use Waterman Florida Blue.

Now I'm testing Montblanc blue-black and it doesn't like me much.

What do you think about the Waterman?

Biffybeans said...

Thanks for the kind words damdandelion!

Diego - only Waterman I ever used was Blue-Black which was a little too green for me.

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