Thursday, July 8, 2010

Diamine Registrar's Ink

I love dark blue-black inks, and had seen previous reviews of the Diamine Registrar's Ink. This small, 1 ounce (30ml) bottle has an almost antique look to it, so I was keen on trying it. I'd read that it was based on iron gall ink, which can damage modern fountain pens, so I was a bit hesitant. But on further reading over at FPN it seems that as long as I give my pen a good soak all should be well.

The ink starts out a dark blue with black in it, then oxidizes to black. According to Diamine, this is permanent and waterproof ink to be used for maintaining official records. (I don't think my journal counts as that, even if it is a large orange Rhodia webbie.)

The color is velevety soft, like the night sky. Next to it Swisher Blue Black looks like it has a teal undertone. I wanted to see it against a truer blue, so I swabbed the J. Herbin Bleu Nuit for comparison. I like this old-looking color, and plan on using it for a lot of my notes and writing.