Hi there, fountain pen friends! Madigan here, reviewing the new Diamine Classic Green. I’ll admit it- green ink isn’t always at the top of my list in terms of ink to use, unless it is a bright and bold one like Diamine Apple Glory. However, when Diamine Classic Green was announced, I was intrigued. What would make a green a “classic”? I was soon to find out! Read on to discover all the details of this subtle and comfortable 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 is not a quick dry by any means! After 30 seconds, you could still see a lot of smearing. It writes slightly wet, so that has something to do with it. Not a good one for lefties or for fast writers in general. If you are into juicy writers, it could be for you!
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low– Since this ink is fairly light in color and has no water resistant properties, it basically disappears when water is applied. Keep your writing out of rainstorms or sudden spills if you are using this one!
- Medium– Despite its light hue, this ink is surprisingly saturated. You can see a difference between the first and second swab, but not the second and third.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Easy– Light hue plus no water resistant properties equals easy cleaning! This will wash right out of your pens with little fuss.
- Medium– This ink definitely has some shading! Not enough to blow me out of the water, but the difference can be seen in the up and down strokes. I put it in a flex pen and could see a decent amount of shading.
- Medium– This ink has great flow! It was perfect in the Lamy and even held up in my flex pen. If you are looking for a green with good flow, this could be it!
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- 80ml glass bottle with box and a 2ml ink sample
- The bottle has a large round opening, ideal for filling your pen
- The bottle comes in an elegant box.
While this might not be my most favorite green, it is a great ink. I’m into bolder, brighter hues, but this would be great for someone who prefers their writing to be less ostentatious. It is very soothing to write with and is lovely against paper (especially cream colored paper). It would be good for journal writing, note taking, or writing letters. When you lay a lot down, you can even see some faint black sheen, which is definitely a bonus!
I’m curious- do you like your green ink bold or more understated? Leave a comment and let me know!