Ink Review #590: Diamine November Rain


Sheeny inks seem to be all the rage lately, and Diamine has come out with quite a few recently. Let’s take a look at Diamine November Rain, a German exclusive. I purchased my bottle of ink through a group buy from Germany. Update: I just found out this ink is available on Amazon! You can find it here!


The color:

November Rain is a pretty green with a blue undertone and lots of red sheen.



In large swabs the sheen looks more like a dark pink and there is lots of it.


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 shading, monster sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in the large nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


November Rain is closest to Robert Oster Spearmint, but NR has more sheen. Click here to see the green inks together, and click here to see the Diamine inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Lamy Safari Petrol with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s a lovely sheeny ink. Robert Oster Spearmint is a good alternative if November Rain is too hard to get, or if you prefer a similar ink with a little less sheen.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a pen friend, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.