It's reader request week! Today let's take a look at Diamine Skull and Roses, a German exclusive ink. I was able to purchase a bottle of this ink through a group buy. The ink is available in 80ml and 30ml bottles (I have the 30ml). I think Papier and Stift still has some bottles for sale.
Skull and Roses is a beautiful bright blue with a ton of pink sheen.
In large swabs there is a ton of bright pink sheen.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: 60 seconds
Water resistance: Low
Show through: Medium
Other properties: no shading, monster sheen, and no shimmer. I do consider this a monster sheener since it does show sheen on all nib sizes on Rhodia, Leuchtturm, and Tomoe River paper, but it does not have quite as much sheen as other monster sheeners such as Organics Studio Nitrogen (you can see the two compared below).
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in every nib size so it's not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.
Overall, I found it to be a little better behaved than the other sheen monsters I've tried so far, but I still find it a bit too smeary for everyday use. It can also be hard to clean.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.