Today I’m reviewing Diamine Writer’s Blood ink. This is a Diamine ink colour chosen by r/fountainpens community on Reddit.
It’s a saturated, very dark, purplish/red ink. You may notice a slight green sheen edge with some pens on less absorbent papers but it’s not a sheening ink.
It’s darker than the current purple/burgundy inks that I have. It’s a good alternative to Levenger Pomegranate if you liked that ink before it was discontinued. It’s also quite similar to Diamine Velvet Rose that is a Philippines exclusive 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 flowed and wrote wet in my pens and I really enjoyed writing with it. I really like this type of dark red.
Because it has wet flow, show-through and bleed-through can sometimes be a problem on cheaper papers. There was a little show-through on some of the papers I wrote on, although I could still have written on the reverse of them with no problem. Cheap Rhodia Bloc paper was the worst for show-through.
Many thanks to Diamine Inks for providing me with this sample in exchange for an unbiased review.
- Flow Rate: Excellent. Wet.
- Lubrication: Very smooth.
- Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
- Start-up: Immediate.
- Saturation: Saturated ink.
- Shading Potential: Some shading seen with finer nibs or drier writing pens.
- Bleed-through/show-through: Some show through and insignificant bleed through.
- Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: A little seen occasionally.
- Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen.
- Staining (pen): Not seen after cleaning – easy clean-up with water.
- Staining (hands): Cleaned off after one wash.
- Clogging: Not seen in my pens. Probably pen dependent.
- Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof but has some water resistance.
- Availability: Available in 30ml plastic or 80ml glass bottles from Diamine Inks and many retailers worldwide.