Notes: I feel like I’ve been slacking with my reviews lately. I’ve been doing them, it’s just the whole photographing, formatting and posting thing I’ve been bad at. I just started my last semester of college, so things have been a bit hectic. Anyway, here’s my review of Diamine’s Eau de Nil. I know most of my reviews tend to be positive, but 90% of the reviews I’ve done, I’ve bought the items in them, so from the start I’m hoping that I will like them. I’ve been wanting to try out Eau de Nil (means “Water of the Nile”) for a long time now, and I was ecstatic when it showed up in last month’s Ink Drop. I this ink has moved it’s way up the ranks into my top ten favorites. It is a great shade of blue/green and has really nice shading. I’ve been taking a lot of notes with it, and the color is easy on the eyes, yet unique. Diamine is one of my favorite brands of ink, and for good reason. All the Diamine inks I’ve tried and reviewed perform wonderfully. I will surely be taking advantage of the Ink Drop discount and be picking up a bottle of this stuff. It’s great.
Notes: Usually I’m not the biggest fan of purple inks, but this one was actually pretty nice. It’s not my favorite color in the world, but this one is a nice shade. Personally, I don’t have much use for a purple ink but since it came in the January Ink Drop from Goulet Pens, I figured I’d load it up and try it out. I decided to put it in the Apple Green Safari because I was immediately reminded of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The mix of the purple and green were the perfect mix for Donatello’s colors. Anyway…back to the ink. As with all the Diamine inks I’ve tried and reviewed, this ink is a solid performer. It had a little bit of shading, nothing crazy. I liked the level of saturation too. When I went over the ink a few times, it didn’t really get that much darker. I think I just ended up more thoroughly filling in the blocks I had drawn. The smoothness and flow were exactly as expected from Diamine. They’re one of my favorite brands of ink due to their consistency across the line, the reasonable price, and the huge offering of colors. If you like purple inks, I would definitely recommend checking this one out.
Notes: I had been initially drawn to De Atramentis’ scented inks because I thought it was a great idea to add a scent to a fountain pen ink. I thought that it would be cool to be able to smell the piney fir scent while writing in a nice shade of green. Unfortunately, the addition of scent didn’t really impress me all that much. The scent is very weak, and I could only really smell it with my nose up against the sample vial (yes, I also ended up with a semi-circle of green ink on my nose. awesome). I couldn’t detect any of the scent while writing, perhaps it would be more evident in a Pilot Parallel or a BB nib, I’m not sure. The ink itself performs okay, but overall I found it to be a bit watery. The shading is decent, and it’s a pretty pleasant shade of green. This is the third scented ink from De Atramentis that I’ve tried, and the third one that left me kind of disappointed. This ink falls somewhat in the middle for me, not terrible, but nothing to write home about (awful, un-funny pun.). I don’t think I’ll be trying out any more of the scented offerings from De Atramentis, but if it’s something you’re into, check it out.
Notes: This was definitely my most used pen/ink combination of the week. You can check out the other stuff I’ve been using over in the Weekly Loadout section. I recently got fed up with the Ahab not working, and started tweaking. I shortened the tube that goes into the feed inside the converter, and increased the bore that it goes into. I carved out the channel with a razor blade a bit, and properly adjusted the nib. Now, this thing works wonderfully. It definitely didn’t before. Now, onto the ink. Diamine Oxblood is probably my favorite ink of all time. The name suits it perfectly. It’s got that deep reddish brown tinge that reminds me of dried blood. It’s well behaved, cleans out relatively easily, and dried quick. I’ve gone through two converters full this week alone. This ink usually has a permanent spot in my daily carry. Enjoy the review!
Notes: As much as I love Diamine inks, this one didn’t do much for me. While I have no complaints, I just don’t think there was anything unique about it. I think it’s a really classic red. When I think of the color red, this is pretty much what pops into mind. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice ink, but nothing crazy. I have four bottles of Diamine, and I’ve sampled countless others, it’s hard to find something to complain about. They’ve all been well behaved and work well on pretty much any paper, nib depending. Even this stuff wasn’t bad on regular copy paper with the 1.1mm italic, very minimal feathering, if any. Also, I chose to throw this ink in my Lamy Limited Edition 2012 Green Apple pen because it’s almost Christmas. I think my daily carry of mostly matte black pens needed a little red and green cheer.