Ink Review #241: Diamine Golden Oasis


Today we are going to look at Diamine Golden Oasis. Shimmer ink seems to be super popular right now, so let's take a look. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.


The color:

Golden Oasis is a bright green with gold shimmer.


There is quite a bit of gold shimmer.


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

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib on Tomoe River paper.

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen, and gold shimmer

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

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Fizzy Lime, Diamine Golden Oasis, and Diamine Magical Forest. Click here to see the Diamine inks together.

Robert Oster Ryde Green, Akkerman #28 Hofkwartier Green, and Diamine Kelly GreenClick here to see the green inks together. Ryde Green is a little bit darker than Golden Oasis, and Hofkwartier Green and Kelly Green have a bit more of a yellow undertone.


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow. I didn't have any flow issues with the shimmer, no clogging or hard starting. In this medium nib you don't get a lot of the shimmer coming through.


Overall, it's pretty well behaved for a shimmer ink. You get the most shimmer in flex nibs. I'm not crazy about the bright green/gold combination, it's just not my favorite. Give it a try, you might love it. 

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