Hey guys - Jenni here, and I hope you are having a wonderful Thursday! Today I am very excited to share my review of this week's Monday Matchup ink, Diamine Silver Fox. I'm so used to filling my pens with vibrant hues and great shaders that I never really realized how much I liked grey ink. Diamine Silver Fox seems like it would be a plain jane grey ink, but it really won me over with its color variation and accessibility. Sometimes all you need is a simple ink that you can use in work settings, but also makes you feel uniquely you.
- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- Slow- This ink has a dry time of a little under 30 seconds. This proved challenging when creating my Monday Matchup as I was drawing lots of overlapping lines that needed time to dry. I inevitably had lots of smear marks and smudges but if you were using this to write it may not be problematic.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Medium- I wouldn't say that this ink is water resistant but it does leave some evidence of writing behind. Depending on the nib you are using, the ink can appear pretty light. Even though you can still see the ink when water is applied, you can tell the ink is faded and hazy.
- Medium- In thicker nibs this ink comes off as a deep grey, but it can also come off pretty light in thinner nibs. Looking at the swab test you can definitely see a distinct color change between swabs. This leads me to believe that this ink has a medium saturation.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Easy- I had no problem whatsoever cleaning the ink out of this pen. I was a little surprised considering the darkness of the grey, but it seemed to be just as easy to clean as other conventional inks.
- Medium- You can absolutely see a bit of shading in the letters of my writing when using a medium nib. However, I found that when using a broad nib I couldn't see much shading at all. I found that when using finer nibs it was easier to show the shading because the ink tended to pool up in the areas around the bottom of letters. It makes me wonder if you would be able to see more or less shading if you were to use a flex pen.
- Medium- When I started writing with this ink in a Jinhao 159, it flowed pretty smoothly. I did notice that some of the lines I put down were darker and more saturated than others. I found that when writing with a Lamy medium nib it was fairly dry at first but flowed better the more I wrote with it. I felt a little more feedback when writing with the Lamy than I did with the Jinhao but both felt fairly effortless.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- 40ml triangular glass bottle with box and a 2ml ink sample
- The bottle has an interesting triangular shape. It is easy to fill from when ink is plentiful but when ink gets low I could see the bottle being harder to maneuver because of the shape.
- The shape of the bottle displays the ink gorgeously. More than that though, it also shows off all of the inks in the anniversary collection together. When you have a few of the anniversary inks together it creates a beautiful circular image that is very visually appealing.
Inks similar in color
Diamine Silver Fox is a great ink to use in any situation. The subtle hue of grey ranges from light to a deep dark grey that reminds me of sketching with a pencil. Whether it's for work, or play, this ink will give you just the right amount of shading and flow to make your writing experience enjoyable. I highly recommend trying this ink out in one of your favorite pens today!
I'd love to hear your thoughts about this great ink. Do you have an ink in mind for our next Monday Matchup?