Ink Review #346: Diamine Grey


It's grey week! Today's grey is Diamine Grey. I purchased my bottle of ink from Cult Pens. Cult Pens is my favorite place to buy Diamine inks. They are super affordable ($2.55 for 30ml) and have almost every Diamine color made.


The bottle:

I love 30ml bottles-enough to play with and use, but not so much that you are stuck with the bottle for a long time.


The color:

Grey is a medium, cool tone grey. 



In large swabs the ink turns black, not quite sheen.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shadingno sheen, and no shimmer. There is a little bit of shading, but the color is pretty consistent.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering in every nib size and just a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Earl Grey, Diamine Grey, and Monteverde Smoke Noir. Click here to see the Diamine inks together, and here to see the grey inks together.


Longer writing: 

I used an extra fine Kaweco Sport Mint and then switched to a  Pelikan M400 White Tortoise with a vintage 400N nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.


Overall, this is a great basic, affordable grey. For less than $3/bottle, you really can't go wrong.

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