Diamine Sargasso Sea – Handwritten Ink Review

Diamine Sargasso Sea Foutnain Pen Ink 11PenLamy 2000, Medium Nib
Ink: Diamine Sargasso Sea
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 – Top Spiral Bound


More pictures, and more Diamine ink this week. I’ve been looking to try out this ink for some time now, and I’m glad I finally did. It’s a heavily saturated medium blue that really jumps off the page. On top of the vibrant color, the ink has a great red sheen to it. I’m getting a similar vibe from this ink as the J. Herbin 1670: Bleu Ocean. The blues are similar, but the red sheen in this one puts it ahead of the pack. I tried my best to capture some of the red sheen in the pictures below, but it’s much more impressive in person. The ink writes super smooth, especially in my Binderized Lamy 2000. There’s a pretty good chance that I’ll end up with a bottle of this. Also, I went a little crazy with the comparison inks, I realized I have way too many blues currently inked up. The only thing worth noting is that due to the high saturation, I suspect this might be a little tricky to clean out. I haven’t done so yet, but I have a hunch. I’m really enjoying the ink so far, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the review!

Diamine Sargasso Sea Foutnain Pen Ink 1

Diamine Sargasso Sea Foutnain Pen Ink 2

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Not much on the shading front, but it does make the red sheen more apparent in areas of higher ink buildup.

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Sargasso Sea is pretty close in shade to J. Herbin’s 1670 Bleu Ocean and J. Herbin’s Eclat de Saphir. The red sheen puts it ahead of the pack for me though.

Diamine Sargasso Sea Foutnain Pen Ink 3
So many comparisons…

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I tried my best to capture the red sheen. It’s more obvious on the smaller writing and much more impressive/interesting to look at in person.

Diamine Sargasso Sea Foutnain Pen Ink 5
This ink is capable of being layered upon. Usually that translates to some nice shading, but there really wasn’t much going on. Sargasso Sea is pretty bleed-resistant too, even the third pass didn’t make it to the page beneath.

Diamine Sargasso Sea Foutnain Pen Ink 7
More attempts at showing off the red sheen. I really messed up that “S”.

Diamine Sargasso Sea Foutnain Pen Ink 9
Sargasso Sea looks pretty great on super bright Rhodia.

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Medium Lamy 2000 nib, Binderized for extra smoothness. The combo of the pen and ink is one that I will be using again.


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14 thoughts on “Diamine Sargasso Sea – Handwritten Ink Review

  1. Thanks for the review.

    I LOVE that sheen!
    I’m a crazy fan of every ink that displays that behavior, be it the sailor grenade/epinard/ultra marine line, or even platinum mix-free aurora blue which is a pretty abundant sheen’er (if that’s even a word).

    How’s that binderized Lamy 2K settling in? Is it growing on you yet?

    Blue Ocean seems to have a lot of hype around it (remnants of Rouge Hematite related hype) and that fancy bottle. I’m skeptical that Blue Ocean could stand up on its own merit. Maybe I’m too harsh there.

    Thanks again, love hand-written your reviews, keep ’em coming.

    1. Thanks for reading!

      I’m also a big fan of inks with special properties. I’ve tried a few of the Sailor Jentle inks, I have a bottle of 1670 Rouge Hematite, and I think I’m going to end up with a bottle of this stuff too. I think we should push for “sheen’er” to be an official part of the english language.

      The L2K is great, it’s one of my favorite pens. The weight, balance, and design are all ideal for me. Did I give off any feeling of distaste for it? If so, I should go back, find that, and get rid of it. I use it every day.

      I agree with you on the hype. It’s still a great ink, nice flow, great bottle. A silver sheen in there would have put this ink over the top. There are several others like it, but nothing that has a bottle that’s nearly as nice.

      Once again, thanks for reading!

      1. Hi Ed,
        I finally had a chance to try out Diamine Sargasso Sea today, and man! that sheen!

        The ink seems to have very good flow as well. Which is good, because more of this ink on the rhodia paper gives off more of that sheen.

        I had Noodler’s Army green in the same setup (kaweco 1.1 nib & 80 gsm rhodia) and it doesn’t flow nearly as well as this one.

        I’m glad you use your L2K regularly. I have mine in Broad nib, but I would prefer more line variation on it. Maybe in my next pen show (in SF I hope) I’ll take it in for a little visit with Mr. John Mottishaw and let him work his magic on it.

        Take care..

      2. It’s really a great ink!

        I found it to be really smooth, and combined with that sheen, it’s fun to write with.

        For some reason, my Kaweco Sport writes dry overall, maybe it’s the feed? Who knows.

        The 2000 always has ink in it, and it’s with me most of the time. It’s one of my favorites.

        As always, thanks for reading!

  2. Reminds me of a bottle of Parker Penman Sapphire that I’ve got tucked away in the UK waiting for me. Maybe a long term replacement ?

    1. Unfortunately I have no experience with Parker Penman Sapphire, but I’m enjoying the Sargasso Sea quite a bit. I think it’s definitely worth checking out if you like the color.

  3. *DROOL* I had noooo idea it had sheen! You know how I feel about inks with sheens, right? Well, now I have to get it. It could be the ugliest ink in the world but if it had a sheen, I’d get it. Gorgeous review, as always.

    1. I believe I’ve heard something about you liking inks with sheen…

      Luckily for you, this isn’t the ugliest ink in the world, it’s actually pretty great. Definitely check this one out. I’m using it in my Lamy 2000, which has pretty generous flow and it’s awesome.

      As usual, thank you for the kind words!

  4. Wow, that is very nice! Diamine Majestic Blue has that same sheen and is one of my absolute favorite inks. Now I am going to have to try this one too!

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