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.