Hi there fountain pen friends! Madigan here. I was so excited to use Diamine Chocolate Brown in this week’s Monday Matchup and for this ink review. There are a variety of fantastic brown inks out there but this is such a rich hue! It feels like writing with a melted chocolate bar. It’s also great because it comes in a variety of sizes (and prices!). You can get a 80ml bottle for $14.95, a 30ml bottle for $7.50, ink samples for $8.50, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25. Here is what I thought about this beautiful brown 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):
- Slow– This ink has a very very long dry time. When I used it on non-absorbent Tomoé River paper, it took incredibly long. You might want to go with a more absorbent paper to cut the dry time.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low-You can still tell that there was ink there, but it spreads out and lines virtually disappear.
- High– Basically not difference between the first swipe and the third! This ink is highly saturated and isn’t going to give you much shading.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Easy– It may take slightly longer than an ink with a lighter hue, but it will clean up quickly.
- Low-This is a dark ink, so it is harder to see shading. There is a small amount but when compared to others, the shading is low.
- Medium– While wet, it flows nicely from the pen.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- 80ml glass bottle with box, 30ml plastic bottle, ink cartridges, and ink samples available!
- The bottle has a skinnier opening than others, but it’s still easy to fill a pen. If ink was low, it could be problematic.
- Pleasing design but not necessarily a desk piece.