Ink Review: Diamine Carnival

Carnival is a bright red ink featured in the Diamine 150th Anniversary range.

I wrote my review on Xerox ColorPrint 100gsm smooth coated paper, that is not very absorbent, and I saw no spread, feathering, show-through or bleed-through. It didn’t show-through or bleed-through on common papers like Tomoe River or Rhodia either.

Carnival compares very well against some much more expensive red inks within this colour range. It’s an unusual red that it doesn’t seem to lean either pink or orange. However, when rinsing it out of pens, the orange dye is quite noticeable.

It’s not heavily saturated and exhibits some nice shading. It flowed very well with all of the pens I tried it in, felt quite wet, and lubrication was nicely smooth across the page.

No start-up problems noticed. No skipping noticed. No clogging seen.

Dry time was within 16-20 seconds on my test.

Carnival is not sold as a waterproof ink, but didn’t completely disappear when wet.

Clean up on hands and in pens was easy. No staining.

I didn’t notice any nib dry out while I put the uncapped pen down to do the comparison ink tests.

No Nib Creep / “Crud” seen even after several days in the pen.

It is currently available in wedge shaped 40ml glass bottles and is a bit more expensive than regular Diamine inks.

Diamine Inks sells it directly to end-users on their web-site, and it’s stocked by many retailers worldwide.

Diamine Carnival

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