Diamine Prussian Blue

Diamine Prussian Blue – the name is half the reason I bought this ink. Yes, some times I need an ink based purely on the name…

I bought the 30ml bottle. Diamine bottles are fairly basic, it’s a rectangle bottle made from plastic with a Diamine sticker on one side and a small silver sticker on the lid with the inks name.

Diamine 30ml Bottle Side View

Diamine 30ml Bottle Side View

Diamine 30ml Bottle Side View

Diamine 30ml Bottle Side View

In general I tend to find blue inks a tad boring. I know, I know shock and horror… but to be fair most of the blue ink samples/cartridges I have tried are flat, medium blues with very little shading and more importantly remind me of school. I didn’t dislike school – its just after 10 years of being forced to used the same colour, anything that reminds me of a blue ballpoint = monotony. Even Noodlers Baystate Blue which most people rave about was eh for me.

Diamine Prussian Blue Writing Sample

Diamine Prussian Blue Writing Sample

The colour reminds me of that pair of dark blue denims that most of us have had at some point in time. They have been washed so many time that they not really dark blue any more. They a faded muted blue but with hints of what the original colour used to be around the pockets and seams.

Close Up Of Shading and Water Resistance

Close Up Of Shading and Water Resistance

Water resistance is not great – but there is enough left on the page to see what had been written. The ink kept up really well with my flex writing – much better then Diamine Kelly Green. With the broad 6.0mm nib it also shows excellent colour variance.

Close Up Writing Sample - Flex and 6.0mm

Close Up Writing Sample – Flex and 6.0mm

Here is some flex writing with a super saturated feed. ūüôā

Super Saturated Feed - Flex Writing

Super Saturated Feed – Flex Writing

All in all I like the colour – it also reminds me of Sheaffer Blue-Black, maybe just a touch lighter. Will have to do a comparison some time…

I bought mine here:

Diamine Prussian Blue: http://writegear.co.za/product/diamine-ink-prussian-blue/

M.

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Diamine – Kelly Green

Ink makes me happy – and rainy days. Give me time to use my inks on a rainy day, with a good cup of coffee = bliss.

I finally got a chance to use Diamine Kelly Green, and the first thought that came to mind was ‘Spring’. This colour is identical to the new leaves that appear on trees when spring starts. Its the sweet spot where the ink is perfectly legible and borderline¬†neon, add amazing shading and i’m hooked.

Diamine Kelly Green Writing Sample

Diamine Kelly Green Writing Sample

This ink gave me no flow issues with normal writing Рbut with my flex writing I had to slow down more than usual for the ink flow to keep up. There was very light feathering when using the Pilot Parallel 6.0mm and only in places where I had to go over more than once.

Diamine Kelly Green Close Up Writing Sample

Diamine Kelly Green Close Up Writing Sample

Love the shading – water resistance, not so much.

Diamine Kelly Green - Close Up

Diamine Kelly Green – Close Up

The bottle I have is the 30ml one, it’s ehh… But since Diamine is so reasonably priced you can’t really expect much from the bottle. The 30ml ink bottle is made from plastic – its a generic rectangle bottle with a Diamine sticker on one side, and a tiny silver sticker strip on top of the lid letting you know what colour is in the bottle.

Diamine Kelly Green Side View

Diamine Kelly Green Side View

Diamine Kelly Green Top View

Diamine Kelly Green Top View

The only true design flaw for me, is the fact that the small size of the bottle opening will make it very difficult to fill a pen once the ink level starts to get low. A very easy fix is to just decant some into a vial and fill it from there – so not a huge issue.

Diamine Kelly Green Narrow Bottle Opening

Diamine Kelly Green Narrow Bottle Opening

I was a little shocked¬†how small the bottle actually is¬†(yes I¬†know it says 30ml k – don’t judge)… images always make things look bigger. So here is an image with the bottle against the paper line grid – you should be able to get a size reference using any standard lined writing pad.

Diamine Kelly Green 30ml Bottle Size Reference

Diamine Kelly Green 30ml Bottle Size Reference

All in all, if I had known how much I would love this colour – I would have bought the 80ml, but i’m a sucker for variety though, so I chose three different colours¬†instead of just picking one. ¬†ūüôā

Diamine Kelly Green Moleskine Image

Diamine Kelly Green Moleskine Image

I bought mine from Pure Pens before it was available in South Africa. If you interested – you can find it below:

Write Gear: http://writegear.co.za/product/diamine-ink-kelly-green/

Pure Pens: http://www.purepens.co.uk/acatalog/Diamine-Kelly-Green-Fountain-Pen-Ink.html

M.