Ink Review: Diamine Desert Burst from the Guitar Series

Today I’m reviewing Diamine Desert Burst ink. This ink is one of the Diamine Guitar range of inks and the ink colours were designed to represent Gibson colours for their Les Paul guitars.

There are five inks in the series, and they were all exclusive to Germany until January 2019. Now they are in the Diamine standard series of inks available from Diamine and many other retailers.

Diamine Desert Burst is an ochre yellow shade. It’s not particularly saturated and exhibits some very attractive shading. It reminds me of desert sand.

I found the flow good, reasonably wet, but neither too wet nor too dry. It flowed smoothly across the paper and lubricated the nib tip very well.

It flowed much wetter, and looked darker in the Lamy Safari pen with B nib that I used.

No show through or bleed through on thicker papers.

While I was writing with the Parker Ellipse with M nib it dried very quickly, within 5-10 seconds on my Clairefontaine Triomphe writing paper, and on several of the other papers I tested it on. Once dry it didn’t smudge or smear.

It didn’t suffer from any hard starts or non-starts when I put the uncapped pen down to do swab tests, dry times and water resistance.

It easily washes off of my hands with soap and water and it easily flushes out of my converters and pens just using water.

It’s not a waterproof ink, and exhibits no water resistance. It would have disappeared completely had I left it wet for longer.

Available from Diamine Inks UK and many retailers worldwide in 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic bottles.

Diamine Desert Burst

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