Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Diamine ink comparison, in pens

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To follow up on that post I did a few days ago on the Diamine inks, here I have photos of them loaded in pens, with the two similar colors next to each other.

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The Steel Blue definitely looks darker, deeper, and with more jewel-green undertones. Of the purples, all the scribbles are with Imperial Purple. I did not note the pens for those, either, mea culpa: the Imperial Purple is in a Lamy Vista F, and the Majestic Purple is in an Esterbrook SJ with a 2550 nib.

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Yep, they're similar colors! I do like the Majestic Purple, but whenever I see it next to the Imperial Purple, I like the Imperial Purple a lot more.

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Yes, I do a little bit of levels/color correction in my photos; just for comparison, the above photo is unedited/corrected for light and shading.

12 comments:

  1. Oh I love the Imperial Purple! This looks so nice. And the Steel Blue =)! Wow...I am getting an ink lover ;)

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  2. Ah, now I prefer the Steel Blue over the Marine!! I can see why making a decision would be so difficult!

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  3. Thanks so much for these reviews, I was thrilled to see the Diamine inks were in the UK, so I ordered a couple today - I've gone for Imperial Purple, Steel Blue, Hope (pink) and their Blue/Black blend. I'm looking forward to them arriving and testing them out :)

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  4. The Easter sale at Diamine Inks, convinced me to order four of the 30 ml bottles to ship to USA. I picked, a teal, deep blue, blue-black, and a purple. Four small bottles, plus some extra mixes(?), and shipping for $20 US. Not bad! On Sale up to April 6.

    Carroll

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  5. Ooooh, Carroll, I didn't know about this sale! You are an ink enabler...

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  6. Saw the note about the Diamine ink sale on FPN.

    This ink enabling thing runs in the family. My Dad just gave me his bottles of P.R. Tanzanite ( purple), and P.R. American blue because the local pen repair guru lady said the Private Reserve ink can gum up the expensive pens. I told him I would love to have the P.R. ink and my cheapo pens do not mind a little gumming. Mixed them together tonight to make "American Blue Violet".

    P.S. Box of dumpster mailish treasures off to you this week.

    Carroll

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  7. I love looking at your writing tests and line samples! It's as if you are working out your own alphabet, to write us a bunch of secret-code letters...

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  8. Carroll, I don't find that PR inks gum up pens more than others, but I do find they "evaporate" to denser colors more quickly, and even when fresh and straight from the bottle, they dry reeeeeeally slowly. I am thinking of getting rid of some of my PR inks...

    RLDZ - thanks! I've never written a secret-code letter yet, but perhaps that lurks in my future.

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  9. MM....You can always keep me in mind, when dumping unwanted inks! Maybe you should have a give-away contest?

    Carroll

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  10. Carroll - re: giveaway, I'm planning on it!

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  11. A follow up on my earlier comment - my inks from Diamine arrived yesterday - free shipping within the UK and a free gift of some different coloured cartridges too. I've tried the inks out and am really pleased with them - thanks so much for your recommendation.

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  12. Glad you like your inks, erasercarver! Isn't it neat how Diamine often gives away free cartridges?

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