Ink Review #123: Diamine Blood Orange

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In June of 2017, Diamine released 8 inks to add to their previous 8 ink 150th anniversary collection. The 8 inks are: Blood Orange, Golden Honey, Burgundy Royale, Dark Forest, Lilac Night, Tudor Blue, Espresso and Purple Dream. Today we are going to talk about Blood Orange. I purchased my sample of ink from Anderson Pens

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The color...

Blood Orange is a dark red orange. It almost seems more red than orange, but I think it still counts as an orange. 

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This ink does have a nice brown sheen, but it only shows up on Tomoe River paper.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium-low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Medium shading, and medium sheen

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Robert Oster Red Orange, Diamine Blood Orange, and Robert Oster Terracotta. I consider both Red Orange and Terracotta to be red-oranges, but blood orange has a lot more red in it than either of the others. Click here to see the Diamine inks together, and here for the Orange inks together

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Longer writing:

I used a Pilot 912 FA and a broad Vanishing Point on Tomoe River. 

Overall, this is a well behaved ink, like most of Diamine's ink. The dry time is a bit long, but other than that it works really well. It has some nice shading and a a decent amount of sheen. For me, the ink is really red-orange, too much red for my taste. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.