Please excuse my super late post today, it has not been my best week, but I'm super excited to talk about today's ink: Diamine Oxford Blue. I purchased my bottle of ink from Cult Pens. I love that they have really affordable prices on Diamine inks, and I love the 30ml size. Large enough to play with, small enough that you don't have to live with the ink for years.
Oxford Blue is a medium blue with some amazing pink sheen.
This ink really doesn't have any shading, but it does have that lovely sheen. Whenever I hear this ink talked about, no one ever mentions the sheen. Why not??? I think this is one undervalued ink.
Let's look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly paper first, Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: 30 seconds
Water resistance: Low
Show through: Medium
On Moleskine paper, the ink did have some feathering, especially the flex nib, and a decent amount of bleeding. I wouldn't use this ink on super cheap paper.
Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Diamine Majestic Blue, Diamine Oxford Blue, and Akkerman #5 Shocking Blue. Both Majestic Blue and Shocking Blue are a bit brighter than Oxford Blue. Click here to see the Diamine inks together.
I used a Pelikan m400 White Tortoise with a 400N vintage nib. The ink is super wet, but didn't really have any flow issues.
I know the photo is slightly blurry, I didn't have my macro camera lens with me, but I wanted to show you the crazy pink sheeny halo this ink has. It's amazing. The ink is wet, has high sheen, and a nice flow, it honestly reminds me of the way Sailor Jentle inks feel and behave. In writing, the ink sometimes looks a bit more Navy than medium blue, but again, I think that comes from how wet the ink is.
Overall, the ink is nice and wet, and I love the color and the sheen. The dry time is decent, and it's a really affordable ink. I think this one's a winner-give it a try. At $2.55 for 30ml, you really can't lose.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.