This is the end of my first week back in school for both my kids and myself, so everything revolves around homework. Playing with ink is a break from the massive amounts of homework. When I talk to other pen addicts about shading inks, they always mention Diamine Autumn Oak. I was excited to see if it lives up to the hype. I purchased my bottle of Autumn Oak at Cult Pens.
Autumn Oak is a dark orange, almost a brown.
Dry time: 30 seconds
Water resistance: low
Feathering: only on Baron Fig paper
Show through: low-medium
Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Robert Oster Ng Special '16, Diamine Autumn Oak, and Robert Oster Red Orange. To see the Diamine ink swabs together, click here.
I did have just a bit of railroading with a Pilot 912 FA on Tomoe River paper.
Overall, this is a great ink for fall. I did see less shading than I expected because so many people had talked it up. It does have a nice medium shading, I was just expecting a little bit more.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.