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…
- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and F nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
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:
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.
Does Diamine Oxblood make it into your top favorite ink list?