Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Wow, just wow…over a year since my last post – that’s a record. Shout-out to the reader who reminded me I actually have inks that need reviewing! Hopefully the annual break won’t be repeated.

Does anyone even read blog post anymore? With youTube so readily available, and Instagram being a mini film mecca, the moving pictures of  Hogwarts seem to have become a reality. Nonetheless, ponderings for a different day > to the ink!

Diamine 1864 Blue Black was part of an anniversary collection released to celebrate Diamines 150th year, the bottle is one of 8 wedge shapes that come together forming a perfect circle.  I did not purchase the bottle, as my love of blue and black inks tends to be very limited. But it defiantly is the most blue-black, blue black ink I have tried.

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

The colour reminds me of something James Bond would use to sign a document. Formal enough to be accepted on any legal document, but on closer inspection, not all is as it seems. Although that may not be the best idea, because any water would make the inked document null and void.

Diamine1864 Blue Black

Diamine1864 Blue Black

I would describe the colour as Navy Black, and uniquely enough, the wetter/broader the pen – the more navy the colour appears.

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

This ink did not feather or bleed through in normal writing, but when using the Pilot parallel I did notice feathering. As this is fairly rare on Rhodia Paper, i’m guessing this may not be an ink that fares well on standard pad and copier paper.

Below are a few ink drop comparisons, and I stand by my statement – a lot of blue-black inks that I try immediately get classified as navy blue in my head, this one really does have me asking the question… Is it blue or black?

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

As  always, this ink can be purchased at Write Gear

Pens: Lamy Safari, Flex Dip Pen, Pilot Parallel 6mm

Paper: Rhodia Grid Pad

Word Of the Day: Verisimilitude

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M.

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Diamine Pumpkin

I’ve had this colour in my pens for the whole month of October cause you know Halloween and pumpkins, it was a no brainer. Although I don’t care much for Halloween, and have no interest in pumpkin pie – it was a nice colour theme for the whole month.

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This colour is beautiful – super vibrant and summery. Has good smooth flow, water resistance is non-existent – as is expected, and the shading is minimal. This ink doesn’t have a really visible sheen to it, more like a definite shading line.

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I know this ink is called pumpkin, but this colour makes me think of summer days, juicy oranges and melting snow cones. Oh and Orange is the new Black – that series name is so catchy is ridiculous! Every time I hear the word Orange my mind automatically adds “is the new black”.

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The closest colour comparisons I had in my collection were: Diamine Peach Haze, Noodlers Dragons Napalm, Diamine Autumn Oak and Lamy Red. As you can see below none of them are a perfect dupes.

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This ink was bit more work to clean out, but that could simply be because it was in my pen for such a long period of time.

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There was also some bleed through, but none in normal writing, and only when going over the same spot multiple times – and even then it as minimal.

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I also took a few macro shots so below you can see a close up of the ink splat, and the transition in shading.

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As always I purchased my bottle here: Diamine Pumpkin

Now I just need to decide on a colour scheme for Christmas…

M.

Rohrer and Klingner Smaragdgrün

This is another one of those inks that I personally find addictive. I ink up a pen, and end up constantly using it,until i can convince myself to stop re-inking in the same colour and start rotating inks again.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

The name Smaragdgrün means emerald and as you can see in the images it’s a pretty accurate description of the colour. Colombian emeralds to be even more specific, and somehow they’ve also managed to add some of the same glowy depth. Then again I really love this colour so take this review with a pinch or two of salt.

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You’ll also see that I spelt Smaragdgrün wrong:( I left out the d. What can I say – spelling has never been my strong suit. I’m pretty sure auto-correct was invented because of people like me.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Like all Rohrer and Klingner inks, this one is beautifully behaved. No feathering, bleed-through, dries relatively quickly and the shading in my 6mm Pilot Parallel is just so prettttty, and the sheen – look at that red black sheen… K i’ll stop now.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Sheen

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Sheen

And I don’t know why this happens, but its the second ink I’ve tried where that the shading line looks very different to the shading in the calligraphy. Any ideas?

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

 

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Water resistance is non-existent but this also meant that cleanup was super easy. Decided to do some colour chromatography with this one –  and was immediately reminded of a Nebula.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

It comes in the standard Rohrer and Klingner 50ml bottle, you can read more about the bottle in this review: Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Bottle

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Bottle

And as always it can be purchased here: Write Gear

M.

Diamine Shimmertastic – Golden Sands

Golden Sands is one of ten colours that form part of the Diamine Shimmertastic collection. Initially I had no intention of actually buying a full bottle of this colour. I mean after all, it’s yellow – and I already had two yellowish colours that have seen very little real world use. But then I got a sample…

Diamine Golden Sands

Diamine Golden Sands

This colour is the exact colour of a gold glitter gel pen. Not the metallic gel pens, the glitter ones. Granted, this is most probably not what most people envision their writing or formal documents to look like, but that’s what birthdays are for. 🙂

Diamine Golden Sands

Diamine Golden Sands

Even though I positively enjoy using this colour,  and I find the label and box pretty I am not fan of the bottle at all.

Diamine Golden Sands Box

Diamine Golden Sands Box

Diamine Golden Sands Box

Diamine Golden Sands Box

In fact I may even be willing to say I dislike it. The J.Herbin bottles are downright stunning though not very practical but this bottle is simply medicinal looking, with the addition of being impractical. (I know this is strange since I like to Rhorer & Klingner bottles just fine – and you could argue the look and feel of those isn’t all that different.)

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle

Its a 50ml bottle and in my personal opinion I find the normal Diamine 80ml bottles much more appealing, and at least the Diamine 150 Anniversary bottle is interesting. The only thing I like about the bottle is that the cap matches the shimmer colour in the ink.

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle Opening

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle Opening

Then again, how important is the bottle, when the ink is pure gold right?

Diamine Golden Sands Shimmer

Diamine Golden Sands Shimmer

When looking at the page straight on, the shimmer isn’t that pronounced – the colour is more of a medium to dark yellow with highlights.

Writing Sample Full Page

Writing Sample Full Page

The minute you tilt the page it turns into over the top shimmery goodness.

Diamine Golden Sands Close Up

Diamine Golden Sands Close Up

As with all shimmer containing inks:

  • You always need to shake the bottle before filling.
  • While writing you need to routinely rotate the pen, and turn it upside down a few times to prevent the shimmer from settling.
  • Extra Fine and Fine nibs tend to give hard starts – stopped the flow completely in my EF nib. This type of ink is defiantly best used in M nibs and up.
  • Clean up requires a bit more dedication then normal. If you are hell bent on removing every single trace of shimmer then it requires commitment and a pen you can easily disassemble.
Writing Sample Top Close-Up

Writing Sample Top Close-Up

For me, none of the above is a deal breaker – and personally I like the bit of shimmer residue that finds its way onto the page from a new ink fill.

Writing Sample Bottom Close-Up

Writing Sample Bottom Close-Up

Water resistance is non-existent as expected, and the shading seems to show itself much better in the calligraphy letters, then in the actual shade swatch.

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AU Close-Up

Golden Sands Shading

Golden Sands Shading

It’s just so sparkly. 🙂

Up close and personal.

Up close and personal.

This ink provides loads of entertainment if you start experimenting by mixing it with the normal Diamine ink range. You can really get some interesting and unique colours – just mix in small amounts and don’t cross contaminate your inks…

As always, this ink can be found here: Diamine Golden Sands

M

 

Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu

I’m becoming a huge fan of sailor inks. They seem to have this perfect balance of unique colours with surprising sheen and excellent flow. At least that’s my experience with them. One the one hand they seem pricey when you just look at the packaging and bottle. I mean look at Pelikan Edelstein and Montegrappa bottles – they absolutely beautiful, and it kind of makes you feel a little better about the price. But at the same time, I have yet to come across a more functional and pleasant to use bottle. (You can read more about the bottle here: bottle overview)

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ink overview

So I got a sample of this colour and the only thing that adequately describes it, is the emoji with the heart eyes and pure, awesome weirdness. In the vial, and when you begin writing it looks like a dark forest green.

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Close up top

But as it dries it changes colour to a kind of dark olive green, and if using a wet nib develops a red sheen with borderline black shading.

Look at that sheen

Look at that sheen

In this case I had it already inked in my TWSBI EF so I went with that, but I think this ink will really outdo itself in my Jinhao. It is considerably darker then Rhorer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun, and the few other yellow green inks I had. But Noodlers Sequinoa Green is a relatively good match – it is a touch darker though. Sequinoa Green also lacks the sheen, and doesn’t shade nearly as expressively.

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Close up bottom

And just look at the shading that’s possible with this colour…

Shading and Sheen

Shading and Sheen

The flow is excellent – i’m under the impression that it is a lubricated ink, but i’m not sure about this. Water resistance isn’t good, but then again that’s not really surprising.

Water resistance

Water resistance

Iv’e been entertaining myself this whole week with the colour change that happens as the ink dries. It really is a pleasure to use, and as an added bonus the cleanup is a breeze.

Ohhh and on a completely different but related topic… if any stationary lovers plan on going to Japan anytime soon – this store is insanely epic: Itoya

M

Sailor Inks And Shigure Review

I don’t know why, but I really wanted to wait until I actually purchased my first bottle of Sailor ink before I did a review… Maybe because it comes with a built in reservoir and that’s pretty cool.

Sailor Box

Sailor Box

I’ve tried a sample of every colour currently available on the Write Gear website and I must say I absolutely adore the formula of these inks. These inks make my nib glide across the page. At the moment TWSBI 580 EF is my everyday pen, and although the nib was already quite smooth for an EF, Sailor inks makes my writing feel effortless. Very similar in feel to lubricated inks. But since the inks are made in Japan, and all the writing on the boxes is in Japanese, I have no idea if this is actually a lubricating ink. Another thing that I really like about these inks, is that most of them sheen. But they don’t smear -unless I rub really vigorously, which is a huge bonus for me. I love inks that sheen, but it annoys me when I touch an ink three days later and inks is transferred to my fingers, then I have fingerprint transfers and smearing… I can’t deal. (No, i’m not OCD)

Sailor Box Side

Sailor Box Side

The box is white with the four seasons being represented by images of green leaves, snowflakes, blossoms and brown leaves. In front and on top is a sticker colour dot indicating which colour is in the box, along with the Sailor logo and Jentle Ink label as well as the milliliters (50ml).

Sailor Box Side B

Sailor Box Side B

On the one side of the box you also have a diagram showing you how to use the reservoir that’s built into your bottle. Again no English instructions – but the pictures are very clear and straight forward.

Reservoir Instructions

Reservoir Instructions

The bottle, is um weird. Super functional, and it is pretty but just really difficult to describe. Almost as if you had a cone, and then cut the wide part off, sealed it and then tapered the other end up into a large circle – which then become your lid area. Its also a very short kind of bottle.

Sailor Bottle

Sailor Bottle

Speaking of the lid, its made from shiny black plastic that hides an amazing large opening with a built in reservoir. And because the bottle isn’t very tall – filling pens is an absolute pleasure.

Sailor Bottle Side

Sailor Bottle Side

I didn’t expect to like Sailor inks as much as I do, and I defiantly didn’t expect Shigure to be my favorite. After all its a purple/blue that’s borderline black in very wet nibs. Not exactly my general colour preference when it comes to inks.

Open Ink Bottle

Open Ink Bottle

But I find Shigure to have an old school appeal similar to Rhorer and Klinger Sepia. It’s one of those inks that looks like a dark purple on some papers, on others it looks navy and still on others a blue/purple black. It never truly looks black though, and that’s one of the reasons I enjoy using it so much. The fact that the name means Rain Showers is just another reason why I love it. I guess the best way to describe this colour would be a purple based indigo.

Writing Sample Full

Writing Sample Full

The water resistance is not great, but then again most inks don’t have good water resistance.

Writing Sample Full

Writing Sample Top

This is a very saturated ink though, you could easily add a little distilled water if you would like to lighten the colour without effecting the flow to much.

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Writing Sample Close Up Bottom

And look at that pretty sheen. 🙂

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Sheen

I compared some ink swabs that I though were the closest, from the top row left to right they are: Diamine Eclipse, Sailor Shigure, Noodlers Purple Wampum, Diamine Billberry, Noodlers Violet, Daimine Purple Pazzaz

Swatch Compare

Swatch Compare

Have any of you tried Sailor inks and what did you think of them?

If you would like to give Sailor inks a try, they can be found here: Sailor Inks

M

Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa

Rohrer and Klingner: Scabiosa

Rohrer and Klingner was launched in SA by Write Gear this last month and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. One of the big reasons for this was that this particular brand has two waterproof inks available, Scaboisa being one of them.

Rhorer & Klingner Scabiosa - open bottle

Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa – open bottle

Its a 50ml bottle with a neck that is wide enough to fit my biggest pen, so filling is super easy.

I think this must be one of my favourite ink bottles. It’s so old school and immediately makes me think of those old calligraphy bibles. The inks are made in Germany, and the label reflects that all round. There is also writing in English and what I am guessing is French and Italian.

Rhorer & Klingner Scabiosa - back of bottle.

Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa – back of bottle.

Rhorer & Klingner Scabiosa - front of bottle.

Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa – front of bottle.

Rhorer & Klingner Scabiosa - side of bottle.

Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa – side of bottle.

Scabiosa is an iron gall based ink that is waterproof and a hundred percent fountain pen safe! How awesome is that?? So basically I can finally address envelopes with this ink, and not be afraid that the address will disappear into oblivion. It also helps for those super important notes – i’m unbelievably accident prone – so notes and coffee = no, just no.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample

This colour reminds me off eggplant/aubergine skin, it has the beautiful smoky purple colour that shades from light to a really dark and intense purple. The shading really comes out when using a calligraphy nib. It also writes really smooth, it just seemed to glide out of my pen onto the paper. No bleed-through was also a big positive for me.

Writing sample - closeup

Writing sample – closeup

The water resistance of this ink is amazing, a little of the purple washes out, but nothing major. Everything remains perfectly legible.

Up close - Water resistance

Up close – Water resistance

All in all I really like this ink, both the colour and the way it writes. The Rohrer & Klinger range of colours appeals to me as a whole – and if they all write as beautifully, its a brand that will be quite high on my recommendation list.

I bought mine at Write Gear (Shocker I Know) for R 99 –  as always the link is below:

Write Gear – Scabiosa

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