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.


Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Slow– This ink has a very very long dry time. When I used it on non-absorbent TomoĆ© 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.

I love Diamine Chocolate Brown! It was really fun to work with and is serious enough for workplace writing. The only problem I had with it was the dry time, but nib size and paper adjustment could make that less of an issue. It was fun to write with and to do art with!
Do you have a favorite brown ink?
Write on,