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Sunday, October 31, 2010

John Gill Guest Blog: Diamine Damson

A special thanks to John for another good review. I like to hear what others think of inks, even if it's something that I've used myself. Send me an email if you're interested in sharing your own thoughts on your favorite inks. ~Brian Goulet

I never thought of myself as a purple person, and I still don't.  That said, I love this color.  I think the fact that it is a bit grey is what makes it appealing to me.  I initially looked into this ink while looking for an alternative to J Herbin Pousierre de Lune, which is, IMO, almost the same in color and behavior.  Damson is just a bit darker.  This ink review was done with a Pelikan m215 with Binder Italifine nib, which has a 0.9mm cursive italic on the front side and fine round tip on the backside of the nib.  It is a pretty wet writer, so YMMV when using this ink in fountain pens with varying flows.  The paper used is 90g Clairefontaine in the small Unplugged Staplebound Duo, which is excellent. 

The flow of the ink is excellent, having used this ink in many different pens.  It also shades well in both wet and dry writers, so if you hate shading this won't be the ink for you.  I, on the other hand, love shading, so it's just another plus for me.  There is no bleedthrough or feathering on this paper.  I think the greyish quality of the color makes it usable in more professional settings. 
You can see below how the ink looks on a wider nib (0.9mm cursive italic) and a narrower nib (fine round tip).  I usually use this ink in a somewhat wet medium nib and it writes a tiny bit darker than the fine nib sample below.

I have found the drying time for the ink to be excellent in most cases.  That said, a wet writer on Clairefontaine paper is going to take a good bit longer as the image below shows.  Yet, the fine tip dried very quickly even on the Clairefontaine paper, which matches my real life experience with it. 

As far as water resistance is concerned, it's not really suited to withstand water.  I didn't do any soak test, but I did drop a few drops of water on the page and wipe it off with a napkin, which is probably what I would do if I got water on my notebook while writing at a cafe.  For those instances, the ink seemed to fare decently.  At least I can still read the text.  Note that the ink was fully dried before applying the water. 

I really like this ink, and it is one my three regular inks. 

Diamine Damson is available in 2ml samples as well as 80ml bottles at GouletPens.com.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for a good review! I have some Poussiere de Lune and love the way it looks wet, but then it dries to a very very faded purple. I might look into this color as a darker alternative. Caran d'Ache's Storm is a good similar color too, though definitely more "purply" and so likely less flexible for many uses..

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  2. Chris - I actually like Poussiere de Lune a little better, because I prefer inks a bit more faded, especially in wet writers. That said, I don't think I will ever buy another bottle of Poussiere for myself when I my current bottle gets emptied, because Damson is just so good.
    -jg

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  3. Odd, I bought a bottle of Damson when it was first imported into the States and had drying time problems--smudging after 60 sec. on Rhodia paper.

    That said, it's a great "stealth purple"--something that passes in a business setting but is still subversive. The Baron de Charlus would have loved it. My former stealth purple was 1 part PR Arabian Rose to 1 part Waterman's Blue-Black, which I still use from time to time.

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  4. Odd, I bought a bottle of Damson when it was first imported into the States and had drying time problems--smudging after 60 sec. on Rhodia paper.

    That said, it's a great "stealth purple"--something that passes in a business setting but is still subversive. The Baron de Charlus would have loved it. My former stealth purple was 1 part PR Arabian Rose to 1 part Waterman's Blue-Black, which I still use from time to time.

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  5. Thanks for a good review! I have some Poussiere de Lune and love the way it looks wet, but then it dries to a very very faded purple. I might look into this color as a darker alternative. Caran d'Ache's Storm is a good similar color too, though definitely more "purply" and so likely less flexible for many uses..

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