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Ink Challenge 2017-196: 150 Years of Diamine Inks 2017 (set 2).
In 2014 Diamine celebrated their 150 year anniversary with a set of eight inks in bottles that as a set form a pie. This year a second set was released.
This set contains eight new colors in various colors:
1. Dark Forest
2. Tudor Blue
3. Lilac Night
4. Purple Dream
5. Burgundy Royale
6. Blood Orange
7. Golden Honey
8. Espresso
As a new way of cataloging my inks I will make pages with a full set, or with larger sets a selection of max. nine inks per page.
To do so I will use my ink bottle stamps I got through @cherishedbydees of @cafeanalog17
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So I thought that today I would share a little ink comparison I did the other day. I used to think that all black ink are pretty much the same. Boy, was I wrong! The inks are: the Daiso sumi ink with a white cap, the Daiso sumi ink with a yellow cap, the Winsor & Newton black India ink, and the Kuretake black sumi ink 60. All recommendations from calligrafiends @sowinlove @teppiazali @joychong @phoenixfeatherscalligraphy. Thank you!
The W&N one was the very first one I bought at the art store when I picked up my first set of pointed nibs. I went through half the bottle in less than a month. At 14ml, it is the smallest bottle of ink I have and I got it for about ¥340. It is waterproof when it dries but it kind of has an odd sheen to to it. I also found that it doesn't work on all types of paper that I normally use and takes a while to dry.
Next, I was introduced to the Daiso sumi ink with the white cap. I was so excited to hear that I could get a cheaper option with a bigger bottle! Also, I haven't had any trouble with it bleeding on paper so far. Since I got it at the Daiso in Japan, it was ¥100 for a 180ml bottle.
When I posted the pic of the white capped Daiso sumi ink, someone recommended the one with the yellow cap as well. Of course, I had to go try it! Same price, same capacity. And it works on all my paper. In my personal opinion, I feel that the yellow one is a tad smoother to write with and that is dries a bit faster than the white. For practice, I use both the white and yellow.
I got the Kuretake black sumi ink from Amazon on Monday. It was ¥540 for a 60ml bottle. This is officially THE black ink for me. It's smooth like the Daiso sumi inks, it's very fast drying and its waterproof so I can add watercolor over it. So there you have it, my very lengthy ink comparison!

Macchiato Man Mini Ink Review (more images ➡️): Blackstone Australian Bush (Scented Ink). Lovely Colour, OK shading, nice silver sheen and great flow and lubrication. A little smudgy on Tomoe River but no smudges on Rhodia. I like this one! ✑

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A comparison between Akkerman 15 Voorhout Violet and Montblanc Lavender Purple. Read all about it on the blog!
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A little ink comparison here to show the similarities of KWZ Standard Honey vs Old Gold. Really similar, and it'd be hard to tell with writing. Probably don't need both in my collection, but brown inks just really appeal to me. Hope this helps someone out there!
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Ink Challenge 2017-100: blue ink comparison.
Today I compare the following inks:
1. Montblanc - Royal Blue
2. P. W. Akkerman no. 02 - Residentie Blauw
3. Diamine - Imperial Blue.
The Akkerman ink is much lighter than the other two, but has the most shading.
The other two inks have a bit of purple in them. It is a bit more prominent in the Diamine. The Montblanc on the other hand has a lot more sheen. This sets this ink apart from the rest, and therefore my winner today.
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Ink Challenge 2017-196: 150 Years of Diamine Inks 2017 (set 2).
In 2014 Diamine celebrated their 150 year anniversary with a set of eight inks in bottles that as a set form a pie. This year a second set was released.
This set contains eight new colors in various colors:
1. Dark Forest
2. Tudor Blue
3. Lilac Night
4. Purple Dream
5. Burgundy Royale
6. Blood Orange
7. Golden Honey
8. Espresso
As a new way of cataloging my inks I will make pages with a full set, or with larger sets a selection of max. nine inks per page.
To do so I will use my ink bottle stamps I got through @cherishedbydees of @cafeanalog17
#ink #fpink #fpgeek #fpgeeks #inkaddict #inkcomparison #inkchallenge2017 #diamine #diamineink #diamine150thanniversaryinks

Macchiato Man Mini Ink Review (more images ➡️): Blackstone Australian Bush (Scented Ink). Lovely Colour, OK shading, nice silver sheen and great flow and lubrication. A little smudgy on Tomoe River but no smudges on Rhodia. I like this one! ✑

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Ink Challenge 2017-194: Beaten around the bush.
Today's comparison shows non comparable inks to the Ink of the week. Still I had my reasons to put them in. The inks are:
1. Diamine - Dark Forest
2. Blackstone Ink - Australian Bush
3. Pilot Iroshizuku - Syo-Ro
The Blackstone ink became a favorite very fast. I got this ink in a set supplementary with a pen purchase. The ink is scented with a complex palette of scents. It smells real nice and it is now in three pens already. It does have good shading, flow and dry time.
The Syo-Ro was put in because I had it for a long time already but never before opened the bottle. According to the color on the package and label I expected it to be close to the Dark Forest, but it is more a blue ink. It does come with a red sheen, although less than with the Diamine, there is some shading a superb flow (as with all Iroshizuku inks) but also a high price tag.
Even though I like the Dark Forest alot, I prefer the Australian Bush as you could expect from the description above.
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Ink Challenge 2017-193: Bluish Green comparisons.
The third triangle in a row is based on the bluish green color of the inks used. Let's see how they relate to one another:
1. Diamine - Dark Forest
2. Robert Oster - Green at Night
3. Lamy - Petrol
The Robert Oster on it's own looks a bluish green, but in the comparison it really is more a green color than I expected. The Petrol is greener than I remembered from a few weeks ago, and the star of the week is a real bluish green, and also the darkest of the three inks.
On sheen you beat get the Diamine, while the Robert Oster shows hardly any in comparison to the others, but on shading it does perform very well.
I again like the Dark Forest best of the bunch. Maybe tomorrow there is a different conclusion to be drawn, but for now it looks like a great ink.
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Ink Challenge 2017-192: Into the Woods...
The second day of the ink comparison we go into the woods with the following inks:
1. Diamine (150th Anniversary - set 2) - Dark Forest
2. BunguBox - Norwegian Wood
3. Diamine - Sherwood Green
These three woods have their own character. The Norwegian Wood is the most green of the three, the Dark Forest is a deep pine forestry green and the Sherwood is a bit in the middle with a tiny bit of blueish hue.
All have shading and sheen, but it is the most obvious in writing with the Dark Forest, which again is my favorite one.
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Ink Challenge 2017-191: Diamine - Dark Green comparison.
I will do four comparison triangles with the Dark Forest as a base, since I have quite some comparable inks in color and theme.
The first comparison is with other dark green inks from Diamine. The used inks are:
1. 150th Anniversary set 2 - Dark Forest
2. Green/Black
3. Cult Pens shop exlusive - Deep Dark Green
The last two look almost identical in writing. The color, shading sheen and flow are hard to find any difference in, only with a swab it becomes clear that the green black is a bit lighter and a bit more green.
The dark Forest on the other hand has a bit more blue to it. In the triangle I saw less sheen, while in writing it really shines a lot more than the other two. Also the flow, wetness is better. It does result in a higher dry time though, so not suitable for note taking in the office.
I do like the Dark Forest the most, and you?
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As requested, a comparison of R&K Helianthus, Blackstone Golden Wattle, Montblanc Golden Yellow, and Bungubox Sweet Potato Yellow (I don't have writing samples and Wattle seems to have some black marks on it as well (sorry!) ✑

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This is my ink comparison for the Noodler's Black Eel and The De Atramentis Archive inks. The good thing is they react the same way if you let them dry for 10 seconds or 24 hours. So, I'm going to be happy in the knowledge they will not move any more than that. Tiny bit of grey from each. If it bugs me, I'll use a different pen. This is my smear and smudge test. I used a damp paper towel and rubbed the right side of each sample. A paint brush wouldn't be that rough but I use felt tip markers. So, that's why I did it that way. Let me know if this was helpful. : )
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Ink Challenge 2017-186: New Arrivals (Robert Oster Signature 03/03) - Blue Waters.
Three water blue inks that are cold as ice.
Today's three inks are named after water in a way, but do they have the looks as well? The inks I got are:
1. Soda Pop Blue (a cool blue that is a bit on the dark side)
2. Blue Water Ice (a bit colder than the Soda Pop)
3. River of Fire (sounds warm, but it is a deceivingly deep dark water green-blue!)
All three inks show a red sheen as can be seen in the last swipe. The first two look very similar at first glance, so I will compare them in more depth soon. I may even throw the Kon-Peki in for reference.
But first I will grab a towel to dry off before I will go on to my next adventure....
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Ink Challenge 2017-184: New Arrivals (Robert Oster Signature 01/03) - Earthy Tones.
I got myself 11 new inks from @robertostersignature through @appelboompennen
Through three posts I will give you a first look based on the color profile. The writing is done with a dip nib (Nikko G) and with cotton swabs the square is made.
For the earthy theme I got myself four inks:
1. Melon Tea (a brownish green)
2. Marrone Mustard (a yellowish brown)
3. Plumb Nut (a dried wine red)
4. Clay Red (an almost brick red wich leans a bit towards brown)
The last two show a bit of sheen already, so I will try them with a fountain pen soon, but the Marrone Mustard will be on top of the list, because I want to compare to two other strange yellowish browns.
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Ink Challenge 2017-183: Honey Inks.
In today's ink comparison I only used two inks, because I have only two inks in my collection that have a honey related name. The inks used are:
1. Diamine - Golden Honey
2. KWZ Ink- Honey
Colorwise they both are not really the color I expect to see when I think of honey. The KWZ Ink looks as if the honey dried out, a bit too brown, and the Diamine is a bit too orange. Maybe if you mix them 1:1 it will be the perfect color. The KWZ Ink has a sweet herbal scent, that may remind people of coughing syrup.
The Diamine shows the most shading, and neither showed a bit of sheen in writing.
The flow and dry time is comparable.
The choice on the best ink comes down to color, shading and smell. For me it will be the Diamine, although I love the smell of the KWZ Ink. Maybe I will mix them sometime soon and see what that will result in.
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Well, I confirmed that magenta has Fuchsia as a base. I was thinking magenta would be darker. #deatramentisink #inkcomparison

Talking sheen. ⬅️ Sailor Four Seasons Jentle Oku-Yama, Diamine Oxford Blue, L'Artisan Pastellier Callifolio Equinoxe 6 on Maruman Mnemosyne paper #penaddict #inkporn #sheen #inktest #inkcomparison #inksofinstagram #sailorink #sailorjentle #sailorokuyama #okuyama #diamine #oxfordblue #lartisanpastellier #callifolio #callifolioink #equinoxe6 #maruman #mnemosyne #memopad

Four Purples, @mcvanwijk1 style: 1. Rohrer & Klingner Solferino (surprise: silvery-graphite sheen); 2. Diamine Majestic Purple; 3. Kaweco Summer Purple; 4. Pelikan 4001 Violet. Rhodia spiral pad #inkporn #inkcomparison #inkstagram #inksofinstagram #purpleink #rohrerandklingner #solferino #diamine #majesticpurple #kawecoink #summerpurple #pelikan4001 #pelikanink #4001violet #pelikanviolet #stationery @rhodiapads #rhodia #inktest

Ink Comparison: Sailor Dark Reds (Burgundies, Maroons, Bordeauxs etc.) – see link in profile! ✑

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Ink Challenge 2017-178: 1:1 Dutch Masters Comparison.
On request of @jacobpelleman who makes amazing sketches with brown inks mainly , I made today's ink comparison. It is between two of the new P. W. Akkerman Dutch Masters inks:
1. No. 01 - Cerulean Blauw van Vermeer, and
2. No. 05 - Israel's Zeeblauw
In the slides the different aspects of the inks can be found. Slide 2 is the writing sample with an Edison Steel B nib, in slide 3 a cotton swab sample is used, slide 4 is the way my triangles are normally built up to try to get the shading and layering into view, and slides 5 and 6 show the shading flow and 1:1 color difference in more detail.
The Vermeer is a real blue, but not too bright or too dark. The Zeeblauw has a hint of green, and shows some sheen. Both have a near equal amount of shading, maybe a bit more prominent in the Vermeer, and the flow of the Zeeblauw is better. Also the dry time is a little longer for the Zeeblauw.
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Comparison of the regular blue black vs the vintage blue black of Zebra Sarasa Clip

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