Ink Review: Diamine Writer’s Blood

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.

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