Diamine Guitar Inks


I love it when companies create ink collections instead of single inks, so I was really excited when Diamine released their Guitar collection. It includes: Cherry Sunburst, Desert Burst, Tobacco Sunburst, Honey Burst and Pelham Blue.



Left to right: Cherry Sunburst, Desert Burst, Tobacco Sunburst, Honey Burst and Pelham Blue.


Writing samples:

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


Dry time:

20-40 seconds.

Dry time: 20-40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shadingno sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in every nib size as well as some bleeding, so I would not recommend these inks for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:


Similar inks: Cherry Sunburst=Diamine Ancient Copper, Desert Burst=Jacques Herbin Terre d’Ombre, Tobacco Sunburst=Diamine Golden Brown, Honey Burst=Robert Oster Campfire and Pelham Blue=Robert Oster Carbon Fire. Click here to see the Diamine inks together.


Longer writing:

I used: Franklin-Christoph 46 Autumn Oak with a 14K fine flex nib, a Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown with a medium nib, a TWSBI Eco Transparent Blue with a medium nib, a TWSBI 580 AL medium nib, and a Kaweco Al-sport Rose Gold with a broad nib on a Bond Travel Gear Notebook. All of the inks had an average flow.

Overall, these inks are all well behaved, which I’ve come to expect from Diamine. The colors all go well together but Desert Burst and Tobacco Sunrise are close enough in writing that I don’t think you need both. Honey Burst is my favorite of the five.

Disclaimer: I purchased these inks myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but is not sponsored in any way.