Diamine Orange ink

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After having found a great red ink with Diamine Dragon Red, I wanted to find a bright orange ink. I looked many ink swabs, and the orange I liked the best was Diamine Orange, so I ordered a bottle.

And I must say I chose well, as I love this ink! A very saturated, bright orange, neither yellowish nor reddish. I feared it could be a bit fade, pale, difficult to read, but it isn't at all, it's a bright color that grabs your attention, and a nice alternative to reds or greens as complementary color for writing.

Ink review - Diamine Orange

According to color theory, Diamine Orange is the almost perfect complementary color for Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium (LE) blue ink. I like using LE blue for daily writing, so it suits me well to use Diamine Orange near it, for titles, marking, highlighting and contrasting.

The ink is not waterproof, as expected, but it resist way better than I would have thought. The bottom right corner had been submerged in water for one minute, and you can still (almost) read the text.

Diamine Red Dragon Ink

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I discovered this color in a postcard from a fellow FPNer. I was looking for a new red, as I was tired of Monaco Red (also from Diamine), and Diamine Dragon Red looked way more vibrant on paper than in online swab pics.

I ordered a bottle from Cult Pens (no affiliation, only a happy customer), and when I received the bottle I loaded my spare Lamy Vista with it, and I began to write.

I was charmed, it's truly a beautiful color, with generous flow, rather saturated but with some nice shading. A great ink for me!

Ink review - Diamine Red Dragon

It's a very generous ink, with good flow, but that generates show-through and some feathering and bleed-through on cheap paper. On standard office paper feathering is minimal, as bleed-through, but show-through makes of Diamine Red Dragon a one side only ink on this paper.

The ink isn't waterproof at all, as you can see in bottom right corner. The corner itself was submerged in water for 30 seconds, and the grid motif was splashed with water drops.

I have to test it with a dryer nib, maybe my Arimail 44, and with an italic or stub nib. I will post an update as I will do it.

As usual, I've also posted this review in the Fountain Pen Network.

Noodler's Liberty's Elysium ink

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I'm loved this colour since the moment I watched the video on Goulet Pens site. It's the kind of blue I was looking for, a beautiful, vibrant, saturated true blue. I ordered a bottle the first day, and I'm really happy with the product.

Yes, I'm aware of the polemics about its waterproofness and bulletproofness. I wouldn't call this ink waterproof, personally, because some soaking can make the text difficult to read, but it's an ink that remains on paper even after extended immersion in water, so I can understand the logic behind the waterproof denomination it has been given. Anyways, if I want truly waterproofness, I have my Noodler's Polar Black or my Pharmacist's Iron Gall Ink. My Noodler"s LE is simply a very beautiful ink for me, at a very reasonable price.

Ink review - Noodler's Liberty's Elysium

The waterproofness was interesting. Lots of dye begins to flow as soon as a drop of water touches it, making if difficult to read. But no matter of much water, there is always enough ink on the paper to be able to read the text. In fact, it can be read better after an extended immersion (like the doodling and text in bottom right of the page) than after only some drops of water (like some words at the middle-right of the page, that were splashed with water during the immersion test.

Anyways, I can only say that I love this ink :)

As usual, I've posted a copy of this review on Fountain Pen Network.

Water resistance test : Noodler's Polar Black ink

Reading this thread on FPN about Noodler's Black ink, I wanted to make a similar test with my current favorite ink (with Pharmacist's Iron Gall Blue-Black), Noodler's Polar Black.

So I decided to try a similar water resistance test. Similar but not the same, because for example I have no newspaper near me today :)

I've used 4 kinds of paper : Rhodia Dot Pad, unnamed office copy paper, PostIt note and a page of glossy magazine paper.

Here you have the samples after writing :

Water test : Noodler's Polar Black 1/3

Here the four samples after being submerged in water for 10 minutes :

Water test : Noodler's Polar Black 2/3

And here after some torture...

Water test : Noodler's Polar Black 3/3

The ink is wonderful in all samples besides the glossy paper. Why doesn't it perform great on it? If I understand right, it's because it bulletproofness comes from bonding with cellulose in paper, and in glossy paper there is a layer impermeable between the ink and the cellulose, bonding is way limited.

I really love this ink, my ink of choice (with Pharmacist's Iron Gall Ink) for everyday use!

I've posted this review on the same thread in FPN.

CalligraphInk 1.2 stub, a cheap pen that performs well

Last week, I went to the local art supplies store, looking for some craft stuff. While there, I looked around and I saw something interesting on a shelf : a box marked CaligraphInk Fountain Pens.

CalligraphInk? I didn't know the brand. I took one pen, it had a 1.2 stub nib, it didn't look too [i]cheapy[/i] and it only cost 8€. Of course, I bought one! :)

At home, I loaded it with Noodler's Polar Black and I passed to the test. I expected it to perform poorly, unremarkably at best... I was wrong!

It's a nice pen, it glides on paper leaving a beautiful wet trait of ink, effortlessly.

The pen is cheap, solidly built and it writes great, so now I'm keeping it in my pocket as my EDC stub pen (I don't want to put more expensive pens in my pocket).

Pen Review - CalligraphInk 1.2 stub

I've also posted this review on Fountain Pen Network.

Pharmacist's Oriens-Occidens iron gall ink

As you maybe know, I'm a fan of Pharmacist's Iron Gall ink, so when I saw he was experimenting with non blue-black i-g ink, I was hooked. The wait seemed long, but two weeks ago Pharmacist announced that tha ink was ready, and last week I received a parcel from Belgium.

Inside, three bottles of ink : Terra Incinerata (green -> dark green), this Oriens-Occidens (orange -> brown) and the standard Document ink (blue -> blue-black).

I love Terra Incinerata, but an orange-brown i-g ink was too tempting not to try it, so I inked my home-ground Waterman Kultur with Oriens-Occidens to test it first. And here you have the review :

Ink review - Pharmacist's Oriens-Occidens iron gall ink

Water resistance : it's an iron gall ink, so it resist water! The bottom of the review has been submerged in water for 1 minute. Orange dye has completely disappeared, but the brown iron-gall is fully visible, and readable!

Ink review - Pharmacist's Oriens-Occidens iron gall ink

A wonderful ink, with all the properties I like in iron gall inks, but in a new and nice color. Great work, Pharmacist!

Review posted on Fountain Pen Network