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Friday, October 15, 2010

Diamine Syrah



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Diamine just came out with several new colors not too long ago, one of which is Diamine Syrah. It's a truly wonderful color, one that's bound to be incredibly popular in the fountain pen world.


In fact, it was popular even before it came out. Richard Binder, a popular nibmeister,  apparently came up with his own mixture of 50/50 Waterman Purple and Sheaffer Skrip Red to create what was to be known as 'Binder Burgundy'.

Syrah was one of our first picks that we simply had to include in October 2010's Ink Drop.


This is just such a great color, I'm a huge fan. It seems there have been a slew of great reds coming out recently. Diamine just came out with three great reds, Syrah, Red Dragon, and Oxblood. J. Herbin has Rouge Hematite, too. But I'll focus on Syrah for this review!

I used my 4 favorite papers for testing Syrah:


Personally, I think Syrah looks best on the Rhodia Webnotebook paper. Something about the color of that paper just really makes the color of the ink pop.  



The shading is really great with this ink. Here's a closeup:


The water resistance is not so good, but then again, it isn't for most fountain pen inks. I did two water tests, a drip test, and a running water (faucet) test.
Comparable colors:
Noodler's Teinnanmen
Diamine Oxblood (sort of)
'Binder Burgundy'- 50/50 mixture of Waterman Purple and Sheaffer Red
Pros:
Very pleasing color
Good value
Well performing all around
Nice shading

Cons:
Darker, more saturated color means a little extra cleaning time
Takes a little longer to dry on fine papers
Little water resistance
Diamine Syrah lists for $12.95 for an 80ml bottle. We do sell them at GouletPens.com for $1.25 for a 2ml ink sample, as well as the 80ml bottle for $12.75.

***I do make my living from selling ink like Syrah, so take that into account for this review. Though my main purpose for the review is not to sell ink, I'd be lying if I said I don't hope for it as a consequence! I'm not paid at all to blog, so this review is a labor of love for me. I hope you enjoyed it.

8 comments:

  1. I love this color. My favorite of the October Ink Drop. Liking the new review format as well.

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  2. This is the first ink of the October Ink Drop that I tried, and I haven't even gotten to the others. I like this one SO much...I keep coming back to the pen filled with the Syrah....

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  3. A new fave at our house too..got it in the Ink Drop and in fact, we just bought a bottle after playing with the sample! Beautiful color!

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  4. Beautiful color, but absolutely terrible in extra fine nibs - it looked black in the first pen I put it in, and not a nice black, a weird maroonish muddy black.

    beautiful in a wider nib though :)

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  5. Interesting take, Lyssa. Has anyone else tried it in a finer nib? I admit my italic makes most inks look pretty awesome, but I have also loaded up Syrah in my medium Sheaffer 300 and it looked beautiful as well (of course, it is a pretty wet writer).

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  6. FWIW, the extra fine I used is something around .4 mm. That's finer than my pencil.

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  7. I always wondered, whats the difference between food coloring and fountain ink? Almost all the reviews I read have water tests and they almost always leave a tinted mess... The reason I ask, is because where I live, liquid ink is almost impossible to come by(excl blue & black) and shipping ends up costing 3 time the product price. So I tried normal food coloring. Shading, saturation, show through, resistance to light & water tests yielded on average the same results as fountain ink. Would love to know if anyone else has ever tried this before? And the difference in practical use(not chemically) between the two? Thanks Email: maja88g@hotmail.com

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  8. I always wondered, whats the difference between food coloring and fountain ink? Almost all the reviews I read have water tests and they almost always leave a tinted mess... The reason I ask, is because where I live, liquid ink is almost impossible to come by(excl blue & black) and shipping ends up costing 3 time the product price. So I tried normal food coloring. Shading, saturation, show through, resistance to light & water tests yielded on average the same results as fountain ink. Would love to know if anyone else has ever tried this before? And the difference in practical use(not chemically) between the two? Thanks Email: maja88g@hotmail.com

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