Ink Review #172: Diamine Earl Grey


This year the group r/fountainpens on Reddit teamed up with Diamine to create Diamine Earl Grey. It was a group effort, the ink was chosen through voting.  I purchased my samples of ink from Goulet Pens.


The color:

Earl Grey is a medium grey with shading. It has a blue/purple undertone.


In ink drops there is just the barest touch of silver sheen. It only shows up in the ink drops, not even in the large swab.

Dry time: 33 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering; None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was just a little of bleeding in the flex nib on Tomoe River paper.

Other properties: Medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On 20 pound copy paper there was a little bit of feathering but other than that the ink did great.

Ink swabs for companion, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Organics Studio Arsenic Gray, Diamine Earl Grey, and Robert Oster Graphite. Click here to see the Diamine inks together, and click here to see the grey inks together. 


Longer writing:

I used a fine Lamy 2000 on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average to slightly wet flow.

Overall, it's a great grey, and pretty well behaved. I haven't reviewed that many grey inks so far, but I really like this one.

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