Why hello there, fellow ink lovers! Madigan here, doing an ink review on the pleasing De Atramentis Petrol. I love seeing the inks that my coworkers choose to use in their Monday Matchups. Since we have over 600 inks, it's easy to overlook some great ones. Lydia chose this color to do her Gone With the Wind inspired Monday Matchup. I was immediately impressed with the calm, dreamy, color of it. Read on to get all the details on this great green ink!
- 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):
- Medium- This ink takes a standard amount of time to dry, around 20 seconds or so. Definitely not quick dry, but shouldn't cause too many issues with quick note taking or long journal writing.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low- Keep this ink away from water unless you'd like to lose your writing! It could look really nice in ink washes, however.
- High- Wowie, wow, wow! Check out that saturation. Not a hint of difference between the first and third swab.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Easy- This ink washed easily off of the nib and out of the converter. No troubles there!
- High- Love the shading in this ink! Seriously, it's gorgeous. I wasn't expecting it, but even with the Lamy medium nib you get lovely dark green on the down strokes and lighter green on the upstrokes.
- Medium- Not too wet, not too dry, this ink was just right.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- 35ml glass bottle with 2ml ink samples also available.
- A utilitarian bottle with no box.
- Large round opening making it easy to fit your pen in and fill.
Inks Similar in Color:
To put it simply, I love this ink. I'm a sucker for green and for any ink that shades, so this one is a no brainer. It's bold enough to stand out against the page, but still conveys a feeling of calm and tranquility. It would be fantastic to use in your journal. I can see it being awesome in a demonstrator as well. If you are a teacher, I can see this being a fantastic ink for grading papers. It'll stand out against the page, but won't alarm students with jarring red.
You can find a 35ml bottle of De Atramentis Petrol available for $12.95 or a 2ml sample for $1.30.
I'm curious- do you have a favorite green ink? Let me know in the comments below!