Ink Review #250: SBRE Brown


Today we are taking a look at SBRE Brown, which is made by Diamine, bottled by Akkerman, and designed by Stephen Brown. You can find out more about the ink on his website. A pen friend from the Pen Addict Slack room was very kind to provide me a sample for review. 


The color:

SBRE Brown is a medium brown with some shading.


There is no sheen. When pooled, the ink turns a darker brown, almost black in spots. This ink does make really nice ink drops.


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

Dry time: 50 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

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

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved really well, no issues that I noticed.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Graf von Faber-Castell Cognac Brown, SBRE Brown, and Diamine Ochre. SBRE Brown is a bit warmer than Ochre.


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M605 White Transparent on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly wet flow, which I enjoyed. I also liked the shading the ink/pen combo had.


Overall, it's an interesting ink. I like the color, and it does have some interesting shading. The dry time is a bit long, but give it a try, you might love it. 

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was donated by a reader for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.