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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!
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777 - Tyler Dahl