Ink

Review: Diamine Amber

I got this ink sample a while back and I’m sorry I took such a long time to get around to it. Diamine Amber straddles the line between yellow and orange in a way I really like. It shades even in my Visconti EF nib though only subtly. It’s such a bright and happy colour that I can’t help but smile when I use it. It goes from a pale sunrise yellow to a strong muted orange colour.

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Review: Platinum Citrus Black

My thanks to Glenn for the ink sample.

Platinum Citrus Black is an iron gall ink and that means it’s waterproof. I found Citrus Black to be an incredibly dry ink. In my Platinum 3776 SM, it was so dry it squeaked as I write. Did a mouse died in my pen? Obviously not. Turns out my Platinum 3776 SM couldn’t handle it. Switching it to my Karas Kustoms Fountain K makes it way more readable. It goes down a dull yellow almost gold but after a while it darkens like all iron gall inks do. As it darkens it goes to a dark greenish-yellow. It’s an interesting colour for sure, it just needs the right pen to be paired with it.

Review: Kyo no Oto Yamabuki Iro

My thanks to Glenn for sending me a sample of the ink.

Yamabuki Iro is a blend of yellow and green. Now normally, this blend of colours is right up my alley. But not this one. This is giving me Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho vibes. And I really do not like Ina-Ho at all.

Yamabuki Iro shades subtly and writes on the dry side of things. Personally this isn’t the colour for me, but if this is a colour you enjoy, don’t let me get in the way of your enjoyment.

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Review: Caran D’Ache Idyllic Blue

My thanks to Glenn for sending me a sample of the ink.

Caran D’Ache Idyllc Blue is a lubricated blue ink that screams corporate to me. It shades a little subtly. Personally, I’m not a fan of straight up blue inks and this qualifies. However don’t let that stop you if you enjoy it.

Caran D’Ache inks are not the most affordable of inks out there. And Idyllic Blue as pretty as it is, isn’t all that unique a shade of blue. So I’ll suggest getting a similar ink instead, unless you want that sweet little ink bottle.