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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ink Review - Diamine Marine

Well, on a lazy summer Saturday, what better thing to do than review an ink! Today's ink is really in the "spirit of summer". It has a clean, fresh, cool feel to it that I just love. I only have a sample vial of it right now, but this ink is one that has made it to my "must-buy" list. It's a fabulous color... Stay tuned, for Diamine Marine!

For those who haven't been following my blog recently, I'll explain the review "text". I provide the review in a typed format for those who cannot read my handwriting. This format also allows me to add edits to whatever I said in my review. Any part that is edited, added, or otherwise changed is underlined for your convenience.


Ink Review: Diamine Marine

Pen and nib: TWSBI Diamond 530 with a 777 custom B cursive italic nib

Color: Well, I guess... Marine! It's basically a light-ish blue with a good bit of green thrown in.

Dry time: 20 seconds... I can never really judge dry-time as it all depends on the paper and nib/pen you're using.

Smear when dry: NO

Lubrication: Moderate. Not dry or slick...
Shading: Pretty good. I like it.It has a gentle shade to it on certain letters. Certainly not a high shading ink, but it's still there.

Feathering: It is a little bit feathery... I wish it wasn't but it is, and I always try and tell the truth in my reviews, regardless of how I like the ink. On good paper, it's perfectly acceptable, and hardly noticeable. If you use cheap paper (at work or at school), the feathering is to much for me to practically use. When I say cheap paper, I mean really cheap paper. This review was written on staples eco-friendly paper, so there's a reference for you.

Bleed through: Again, as with feathering, this ink is not the best choice for cheap papers.

Notes: I do really like the color of this ink, but since I use cheap paper very often, I usually need something with a bit better behavior. For those with good paper - Highly recommended!

So, now onto the scanned images of the actual ink!

And a swab for your convenience... :)

Overall this is a lovely ink that I think I'll end up getting more of. I would highly recommend you go out and get a sample vial of this to try out. The color will not disappoint you!

As always, questions and comments are more than welcome! They are, in fact, encouraged, as they add to the usefulness of the review.

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777 - Tyler Dahl


  1. I find the feathering aspect of this ink on decent to quality paper well within tolerable limits.  As for bleed through, that seems to be hit or miss for me so I agree with you that if writing on two sides of a page, this might not want to be your ink of choice.

    This is an ink that really shines in a stub or cursive italic nib.  I like fine nibs but find Diamine Marine boring, for lack of a better term, using a fine or medium nib.  Marine really needs to spread its wings and the stub or cursive italic nib permits that way more than a straight fine or medium nib.  This, of course, is just my opinion and others may disagree.

  2. I love the color of this ink -- but I find that the ink is so wet it's almost un-usable unless using a more dry pen. I bought a bottle of it anyway because the color is so nice. :)