Ink Review #90: Diamine Grape

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Today's ink is Diamine Grape. So far, I have found Diamine inks to be pretty well behaved, and there are a million colors. I love that they come in two different bottle sizes. I usually buy the 30ml inks unless I absolutely love one of the colors, then I buy the 80ml bottle. I purchased my bottle from Cult Pens. I know I've talked about this before, but Cult Pens is a great place to buy Diamine inks. I base a lot of my reviews off samples, just because it's too expensive to buy whole bottles of every ink. 30ml bottles in the US are usually around $7 or $8. You can get a sample of Diamine ink for about $2. If you buy a 30ml Diamine bottle from Cult Pens, it's about $2.55 So I own 30ml Diamine bottles in almost every color they make. So now let's talk about Grape:

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The color...

Grape is a medium purple with some sheen. Seasonally I would use this ink in the fall.

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The sheen switches colors depending on the lighting. Sometimes it looks more green and sometimes more gold.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: low

Feathering: only a little bit on Baron Fig paper.

Show through: low

Bleeding: only on Baron Fig paper

Other properties: medium shading, medium sheen

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Diamine Cult Pens Deep Dark Purple, Diamine Grape, and Diamine Bilberry. To see the Diamine ink swabs together, click here

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Longer writing:

I used a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink flowed smoothly, and had no railroading or hard starts.

Overall, I liked this ink, but the dry time is a bit long. If you like Diamine, and you like purple, you can't go wrong with Diamine Grape, or if you like purples more on the bluish side, Diamine Bilberry.

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