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Crimson, by Diamine


Mid September, the last week of summer. Autumn is already sending its rain; a colorful season is ahead. Red inks fit autumn perfectly in my opinion. I love Diamine Oxblood and P.W. Akkerman's Stone red and assumed this Crimson ink would be a nice addition to my collection of reds. I was not mistaken. 

Crimson is a very nice, beautiful color. Red of course, but subtle and elegant. Not a red for graders and correctors. It's no problem to use this for note taking in the office or for any personal correspondence and writing you want to do. The ink is pleasant for the eyes and remains so even when reading long notes or letters.

Diamine makes great, wonderful value for money inks. No feathering, negligible show-through, wet but not too wet, well lubricated and high, beautiful shading. Drying times were surprisingly fast, roughly 18 seconds. The ink doesn't like water, spilled fluids ruin your writing rapidly and thoroughly. 

Crimson is a dark red color with a hint of brown. Not as much as Oxblood though, Crimson is far more red. Compared to Akkerman's stone red, Crimson is darker and more red too. Momiji (Iroshizuku) and Ruby (Lamy) are no comparison; these colors are a much lighter and brighter red.

To conclude, Crimson is a beautiful dark red, highly recommended if you're looking for something a bit more red than Oxblood. 


Written on Original Crown Mill Vellum paper

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