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Writer's blood, Diamine

 

Writer's Blood by Diamine. The latest addition and chosen by Reddit's r/fountainpen community after a long debate and many voting rounds. A dark red, heavily leaning towards brown and aubergine purple. A subtle color that works both in the office and for personal correspondence.  

There is no feathering and some shading. The ink is very wet, even wetter than usual for Diamine. The ink is smooth. I was surprised to see it can handle a bit of water. At least your work will remain legible. Drying times are slow, 85 secs on Tomoe River paper.

The characteristics:

Feathering None
Shading Some
Show through Light
Wetness High
Lubrication Excellent
Shimmer/sheen None
Price/ml € 0,12

Writer's Blood reminded me most of Diamine Oxblood. In some nibs it looks almost identical. But, when you compare the ink swaps, Oxblood is far more red and saturated.  A real brown like Toffee Brown (Montblanc) is very different and Akkerman's Stone Red is brighter and more red.  

All in all this is a very nice, decent ink at a wonderful price. But it does lack surprise or the “wow” factor.   
Three stars out of a possible five.



Tomoe river paper, 52 gram

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