Ink Review: Diamine Jalur Gemilang (Exclusive for PenGallery, Malaysia)

Diamine Jalur Gemilang is a Diamine Exclusive ink made specially for PenGallery in Malaysia.

Jalur Gemilang translates as the Malaysian flag. This ink is designed to reproduce the blue and red colours in the flag and commemorates their flag day in August.

This is a saturated dark sky/turquoise blue colour with red sheen. It doesn’t have such a  heavy sheen as the Organics Studio high sheen inks, but has more sheen than what we would call a “standard” ink.

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 dried quite quickly and once dry it didn’t smudge or smear. I tested for this by rubbing repeatedly across my writing within a couple of minutes of writing it. I saw no blue or red on my fingers, and no smudging on the page.

I loved everything about it. However, I also love Diamine Asa Blue so this is my type of colour.

I saw a bit of showthrough and bleedthrough even on my 100gsm smooth coated paper, but I could still have written on the reverse.

Sheen is usually more visible when using pens with good flow and broader nibs. Jalur Gemilang has a good sheen without going too far with it.

  • Flow Rate: Very good.
  • Lubrication: Very good.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Very saturated ink.
  • Shading Potential: Some shading.
  • Sheen: Good red sheen
  • Show-Through: Tomoe River 52gsm., Tom Bihn Lined, Generic 80gsm lined pads, Royal Recycled, Whitelines (a little), Oxford Pad, Field Notes.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen.
  • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days in the pen – easy clean-up with water.
  • Staining (hands): Easy clean-up with bar soap.
  • Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
  • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof and has no water resistance.
  • Availability: Exclusively available from PenGallery, Malaysia

Diamine Jalur Gemilang

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