Diamine Registrar's Ink Fountain Pen Ink Review

Diamine Registrar’s Ink – Review

Diamine Registrar’s
Ink Review

PenLamy Accent, 1.1mm Stub
Ink: Diamine Registrar’s (Iron Gall)
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid

Pros:

  • Nice shading
  • Iron Gall permanence
  • Behaves well on cheap paper
  • Archival (until it burns through the paper in 500 years)

Cons:

  • Writes very dry
  • Can’t be left in a pen unattended for too long

Notes:
At the time of writing, I was on a bit of an Iron Gall kick. First I fell in love with Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa, now I’m enjoying the Registrar’s, and I have a sample vial of R&K Salix waiting to be loaded up. The most interesting thing about this ink is how it dries from a pale dusty blue to a deep blue-black as the ink oxidizes. The ink comes out of the pen as a light blue with some nice shading, check back in 24 hours and it’s super dark. The ink behaves well on the Kyokuto paper, Rhodia, copy paper, and Field Notes. It’s a great ink to have around due to it’s versatility. I’ve really been enjoying watching the transition from light blue to near-black. My only issue with the ink is how dry it writes. This would be best suited in a wet flowing pen. Overall, I think the positives outweigh the negatives. The real test is going to be how the Diamine holds up to Rohrer & Klingner’s blue iron gall offering.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the review!

Diamine Registrar's Ink Fountain Pen Ink Review
The difference between fresh ink, and ink at 4 days is pretty awesome. You can clearly see that it’s darkened up quite a bit.

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10 thoughts on “Diamine Registrar’s Ink – Review”

  1. Thanks Ed,
    Your comments are helpful. I’ve been wondering about a more permanent option, as well as a darker color. Most inks seem to get light colored when they dry.

  2. A fantastic ink and review (as always).
    I thought the same about it’s dryness and now use it only in wet pens I need “taming”.

    I have however since discovered Akkerman’s No 10 which too is iron gal. It is wetter and goes down a darker blue with more shading. I use it in any pen and it behaves beautifully. Give it a go.
    (Let me know if you can’t get hold of it and I’ll happily post a sample to you)
    All the best,
    Tas.

    1. Thank you! I agree with you there, it needs a wet pen. I really like how well it behaves on all types of paper though.

      Interesting! I have only tried a few Akkermans (Shocking Blue and Vorhoot Violet) – they’re a bit expensive for me to just get without trying first.

      I would be very grateful if you sent a sample! Let me know if there’s anything you’re interested in that I’ve reviewed.

      Thanks!

    1. Beware of dryness, other than that it’s pretty awesome. Definitely fits the bill for a “Brad” ink though – dark blue with shading that gets even darker in time haha.

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