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Inks for starters

My Lamy came with two sets of ink cartridges: black and blue-black and in addition I ordered naturally the converter and a bottle of black ink, the pen itself contained a blue cartridge. Well, I wouldn't be me if I didn't want to try other inks and colors too, so I made a little order to another British pen store and lo and behold, the postal service delivered me 11 ink bottles. The brand is Diamine and the colors are the following:

First thing to do was to make the swab samples. The paper I used was Winsor & Newton sketchbook with 110 g/m2 paper, that is bright white and shows the colors quite well:

And of course the next phase was to test the inks. To save time and trouble I didn't want to use the Lamy with the converter so I took my dip pen and started scribbling:

Nice colors indeed but Woodland Green and Emerald are not to my taste otherwise the colors are fine for writing and drawing. The Diamine Midnight is not usable with dip pens, it simply runs too quickyl and the paper sucks all the ink the moment when the nib touches the paper. Of course, I must test it with a different paper that has a harder or shinier surface and that is meant for writing, not drawing.

When I had more time and patience I took my A6 sketchbook and wrote one sample page with my Lamy and each ink. The picture shows Red Dragon:

Sorry for the lousy quality of the photos, I had to take them in poor lighting. I'll try to do better next time... I have to make sample pages of the Lamy Black, blue-black and blue too. Lamy's blue-black and blue appear to be quite nice for my eye, though...and looking for next ink samples all the time...of course...

Oh well, this is it for this time, next time something else...perhaps...


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