Archival (until it burns through the paper in 500 years)
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.
Pen: Hero 9018 Fude Nib Ink: Diamine Aqua Blue Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid
Reminds me of Sheaffer Peacock Blue
I want to swim in it
Notes: This one is a real winner. The awesome shading, great flow, and best of all, it reminds me of Sheaffer Peacock Blue (discontinued). This pen and ink combo is pretty awesome too. The wet fude nib really shows off the shading capability of the ink. Another positive for me is the brand, Diamine, which happens to be my favorite ink manufacturer. There is really nothing bad I can say about this ink at all, I love it. If you’re searching for a great turquoise, or a replacement for the now discontinued Peacock Blue, don’t sleep on this one. Thanks again again again to Azizah over at Gourmet Pens for sending this one over in the giant sample package she sent.
Notes: At the time of writing, I said I was still on the fence about this ink. I’ve been converted. I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit. It looks kind of like burnt oil, pond scum, spa mud, garbage water, and after a quick google image search, it looks a lot like a salamander. Do all of these gross-colored things I’m comparing it to mean I don’t like the ink? Not at all. It’s like a darker version of Rohrer and Klingner’s Alt-Goldgrun, which was a bit too light for me. The subtle shading shows off the yellow undertones of the ink, while the sections where the ink pools look near-black. Once the ink is dry, it’s more obvious that this is a dark green with brown and black hues as well. I’ll gladly try any new ink that Diamine makes, they’re one of my favorite brands in terms of color offerings and performance. The Salamander flows and dries just like I’d expect, and the ink goes down smoothly in the Lamy’s medium nib. Will I be buying a bottle of Salamander? I’m not sure yet, but it’s certainly a unique offering from Diamine that I’m enjoying quite a bit.
Notes: Just another green ink? Not entirely. Diamine Meadow leans more towards the yellow end of the spectrum. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Diamine makes some of my favorite inks, and Meadow performs as well as my favorites. This ink shades like crazy with a broad nib, and I bet it would be even better in a stub. It’s a great summery color and it’s a pleasure to write with. If you like what you see, definitely check this one out. I would recommend this ink to anyone who likes the shading of Rohrer & Klingner’s Alt-Goldgrun, but aren’t crazy about the mustard-like undertones in the color. I was sent a sample of this ink by one of my Instagram followers, so thanks @klpeabody for the ink!
Pen: Lamy Safari – Charcoal – Fine Nib Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku yama-budo Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 - Top Spiral Bound
Notes: I really like Iroshizuku inks, but I’m not really a fan of pink (or magenta, or whatever this is). The ink goes down smooth and consistent, just like the rest of the Iroshizuku inks I’ve tried. The bottle they come in is really great looking on an ink shelf or in a desk. While this isn’t really my cup of tea (I prefer coffee anyway), it’s a nice ink. Sometimes purples and pinks can be a bit hairy in terms of legibility, but this ink is the right shade to where it can be easily read. If you’re into the color, I would definitely suggest checking it out. Iroshizuku inks are an absolute pleasure to look at, clean out, and write with.