Diamine Oxblood: Ink Review

Diamine Oxblood Fountain Pen Ink

Hi ink lovers! Margaret here. It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to review a new ink, but after seeing Sarah’s latest Monday Matchup, I was excited to ink up my Lamy Al-Star to give Diamine Oxblood a try. If I’m honest, I’m not a huge fan of most dark red inks. However, Oxblood is one of our most popular inks, included in our best sellers package set, so I wanted to see what makes it so special. Let’s take a look…

Diamine Oxblood fountain pen ink review

Diamine Oxblood fountain pen ink review

Diamine Oxblood on Tomoe River Paper

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Medium – Diamine Oxblood was dry in about 25 seconds on the Rhodia paper, making it a great ink to use in lots of different situations. It’s fairly comparable to other inks you’ve probably written with and enjoyed. Sarah used Tomoe River paper for her Monday Matchup and noticed that this ink smeared hours after she finished using it, so paper choice will be key when using this ink. 

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low-This ink is not water resistant and your words will be ruined if water comes in contact with them. However, it’s a beautiful color that would look nice as an ink wash when water is applied. 


  • Medium– There’s a slight difference between swabs 2 and 3, but overall, nothing too noticeable. 

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy– I had no problem cleaning this ink when I switched nibs on the Lamy Al-Star. Easy cleaning is always something I look for in an ink! 


  • Medium – I wouldn’t include this in my top shading inks lists, but you do get some color variation among letters. To see it used in a flex nib, be sure to check out Sarah’s Monday Matchup


  • Medium– Diamine is known for having inks with great flow and this is no exception. It wrote beautifully with the extra-fine, medium and broad nibs.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

Inks Similar In Color: 

Drawing with Diamine Oxblood fountain pen ink

This ink was easy and pleasant to use, and if you’re looking for a brownish-red ink with great flow, this is definitely one to consider! It’ll consistently write well for you, so you shouldn’t face any surprises with Oxblood. I could see this ink being used mostly at home, but possibly work too,
or when you’re creating doodles or art. I still lean more towards Diamine Syrah over Oxblood, but if I find myself needing a deep red ink with good flow, Diamine Oxblood will be my choice. 

You can find Diamine Oxblood available in an 80ml bottle for $14.95, as well as a 2ml sample for $1.25.

Does Diamine Oxblood make it into your top favorite ink list?

Write on, 

2017-10-11T14:37:52+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Ink Reviews|7 Comments
  • Tom Johnson

    Oxblood is one of my favorite inks, and I can’t tell you why exactly, beyond its excellent behavior. If I did not have it, I would probably get Diamine Syrah, but I keep getting drawn back to Oxblood and it is often in one of my pens (in my Pilot E95S now). I love these reviews and look forward to the day that every ink Goulet Pens carries will have one of these reviews to reference πŸ˜‰ .

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Sometimes you’re just inexplicably drawn to things, maybe Oxblood is one of those things for you, Tom. It is a gorgeous ink so I can see why you’d like it so much. πŸ™‚ An ink review for every ink? That’s going to take a while but I’m sure we’ll get there one day!

  • Kathy

    Margaret, thanks for the thorough, honest review. I’ve never really considered Oxblood. Like you, I’m not that fond of dark red inks. However, this is beautiful!!! I have to get a sample in my next order.

    • Hi Kathy! Let me know what you think once you give it a try. πŸ™‚

      • Kathy

        Margaret, I love this ink. It is a beautiful deep red that behaves perfectly in my pens. A full bottle will be included in my next order!

  • Kimberly Stone

    Oh! JUST what I want. ( lust lust lust )

  • Frank Markow

    Just started using this, and was not sure I’d like a red. BUT… it has become my favorite “fun” color (e.g. non-work). It looks darker to me than the posted swatches, in a good way. Flows great, looks great for art and patterns, zendoodling. Glad I bought it.