Ink Review #633: De Atramentis Pine Green


I love going to pen club meetups. In the Seattle area we have two different groups, the pen club and the pen posse. I attend the pen posse more often since it’s closer to me. Not only do I get to play with pens with some friends and have a great lunch (and escape my kids for a few hours), but usually I come home with a few new inks to try. At the March meetup a pen friend brought a bottle of De Atramentis Pine Green and some sample vials for everyone to give it a try.


The color:

Pine Green is just that, a dark pine green.



In large swabs you can see the little bit of black sheen.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was bleeding in the flex nib and feathering in all nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Pine Green is closest to Pelikan Olivine. Click here to see the De Atramentis inks together, and click here to see the green inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Conklin Durograph Forest Green with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I enjoyed the wetter flow of this ink, and I love the color. It would be a great ink to use in the winter or on holiday cards.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a pen friend, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.