Diamine Blood Orange
With Blood Orange, Diamine squeezed out a great color
for their second round of anniversary inks.
Diamine just came out with their second set of 8 anniversary colors. Blood Orange is one of the gorgeous colors that celebrates Diamine’s 150th anniversary. The aptly named ink is a red-orange that looks great on the page. The ink comes in a special triangular shaped 40ml glass bottle. If you get 8 of the colors in the series the bottles come together to form a pretty and pleasing circle! This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Lamy Studio B and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
There isn’t a lot of orange in Blood Orange but the ink certainly matches the color of its namesake fruit. The general appearance of the ink is garnet red, although it’s moderate shading leads to a nice range of other colors. In a broad nib the shading is most apparent. Dark marmalade oranges shade into paprika reds, and finally to the darkest brick red color. When used with a brush the darkest pools of ink can have a rusty appearance.
Like most Diamine inks, Blood Orange performed well. There was good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. Saturation was on the moderate to high side with moderate shading. Dry times were normal at 20-30 seconds. The ink had no water resistance but clean up was easy.
I think Diamine did a great job with this color. The ink comes off as a red while having a nice range of other warm colors to make it interesting. With school on the horizon, this would be the perfect color for corrections – or just for writing boldly.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.
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