Ink Review #936: Diamine Communication Breakdown

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I’ve had a lot of requests for Diamine ink reviews lately, so we are going to dedicate this week to Diamine inks, starting with Communication Breakdown. This ink is a German exclusive, and can be found at Fountainfeder or Papier and Stift. Thanks to a local pen friend for donating a sample for review!

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The color:

Communication Breakdown is a vibrant red ink with green sheen.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink shows off some of the green sheen.

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Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib

Other properties: low shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. There could be more shading, but most of it is hidden under the sheen. The sheen is visible in all nib sizes on Tomoe River, as well as flex nibs on Rhodia and Leuchtturm. I wouldn’t quite call it a monster sheener since it doesn’t sheen on multiple nib sizes on paper other than Tomoe River. The sheen does make it a bit smeary on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in every nib size and just a little bit of bleeding in the larger nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Communication Breakdown is similar to KWZ Maple Red, but with sheen added. Click here to see the Diamine inks together, and click here to see the red inks together.

Longer writing:

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I used a Pelikan M605 White Transparent with a medium nib on a Lochby A5 blank Refill-Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a a slightly dry, sticky flow.

Overall, it’s a nice red sheeny ink, but it is a bit smeary on Tomoe River paper and has a bit of a sticky flow which makes it a no for me. I guess I was a bit disappointed by this ink-everyone kept raving about how sheeny it was and no smearing, and I found it to have a little less sheen than expected, and prone to smearing.

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by a pen friend for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #935: Noodler's Tokyo Gift

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Noodler’s Tokyo Gift debuted at the 2019 DC Show. This ink is also known as Cherry Blossom Pink, but I don’t think that quite applies-its more of a red. Thanks to Vanness Pens for providing a sample for review.

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The color:

Tokyo Gift is a medium red. The ink is described as pink most places, but all I see is red.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has just a little bit of shading and no sheen.

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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 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib

Other properties: low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in every nib size and just a little bit of bleeding in the larger nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Tokyo Gift is a little bit darker than Robert Oster Rubine, and a little bit lighter than Robert Oster Red Candy. Click here to see the Noodler’s inks together, and click here to see the red inks together.

Longer writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Blossom Red with a medium nib on a Lochby A5 blank Refill-Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, this ink is pretty average. A little bit of feathering/bleeding in the flex nib, average flow and dry time, a little bit of shading. There’s just nothing about it that makes it stand out-I could take it or leave it.

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by Vanness Pens for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

TWSBI 1791 Inks

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TWSBI has been around for a while as a pen brand, but they recently branched out into inks as well. Their first inks are a set of 6, which can be purchased together or individually. I purchased my set of inks from Lemur Ink.

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The inks come in a nice box, but it’s made of cardboard and it needs the paper band to keep it closed.

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The bottles are 18ml glass with red plastic lids.

Swabs:

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Left to right: Pink, Orange, Prairie Green, Emerald Green, Sky Blue, Royal Purple.

Writing samples:

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

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was a little bit of feathering in the flex nib.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there is some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: low shadingno sheen, and no shimmer.

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

Comparison Swabs:

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Pink is similar to both Sailor Ink Studios 130 and Sailor Jentle Sakura-Mori. Orange is close to Diamine Sunset. Prairie Green is darker than Diamine Jade Green but warmer than Monteverde Key Lime Pie. Emerald Green is cooler than Colorverse Arabella but warmer than Diamine Cool Green. Sky Blue is similar to Taccia Sora Sky Blue. Royal Purple is similar to Taccia Murasaki Purple.

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I used a Lochby Lined Blank A5 notebook (Tomoe River 68gsm). All of the inks had a wetter than average flow, almost a bit thin.

Overall, I enjoyed these inks. The ink is a bit thin, which makes it flow a bit wet, but I prefer wet inks anyway. The colors are nice, but Pink is light, too light in the smaller nibs. I would reserve Pink for broad nibs, but the others are dark enough for all nib sizes.

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

Review #886: KWZ V-Dream

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Over the past year I’ve grown to love KWZ inks. I love that they do so many exclusive inks. KWZ V-Dream is a Vitstyle exclusive. Thanks to Vitstyle for sending the ink over for review!

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The color:

V-Dream is a medium dusky purple. I would almost call it a wisteria purple.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink looks has some pretty shading but no sheen.

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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 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in every nib size and just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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V-Dream is a bit darker than Diamine Amazing Amethyst and a bit lighter than Sailor Ink Studio 452. Click here to see the KWZ inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer writing:

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I used a custom Bonecrusher Studios pen fitted with a Regalia Writing Labs Crossflex nib on a Lochby A5 Lined Refill-Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a a wetter than average flow.

Overall, I like this ink. I love the dusky purple color, the wet flow and it’s very well behaved. The color is great for the winter season.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Vitstyle for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #885: Berlin Notebook Blue No. 1

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Berlin Notebook Blue No. 1 was designed by painter Viktor Walter. This ink is hand made in Germany and designed to work on recycled and copy papers. This ink is available in both a standard 30ml bottle and a small 5ml travel bottle. Thanks to Berlin Notebook for sending the ink over for review.

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The color:

Blue No. 1 is a bright saturated blue with some dark red sheen.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink shows off its pretty sheen.

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Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Medium-high-there was feathering in every nib size on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Medium-there was bleeding in every nib size on Leuchtturm and most nib sizes on Rhodia.

Other properties: medium shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in every nib size.

Comparison Swabs:

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Blue No. 1 is similar to Monteverde Ocean Noir. Click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer writing:

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I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue on a Lochby A5 Lined Refill-Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wetter than average flow.

Overall, while I love the color of this ink, there’s a bit more feathering and bleeding than I prefer. It dries fast which is great, but is also rather smeary and smudgy. This paper performs the best on Tomoe River paper (as most inks do). Second best on the cheapest copy paper, but there is still a little feathering and bleeding. It feathers and bleeds on Leuchtturm and Rhodia in almost every pen and nib size I tried it in.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Berlin Notebook for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #879: Robert Oster Vitstyle Red Bear

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Vitstyle is a pen store in Hong Kong. Recently they sent me two of their store exclusive inks to try, Robert Oster Vitstyle Red Bear and KWZ V-Dream. Today we are going to take a look at Red Bear. Thanks to Vitstyle for sending the ink over for review!

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The color:

Red Bear is a dark, slightly unsaturated red. This would be a great color for the fall and winter.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink looks much less saturated, almost red-brown.

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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 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering on Rhodia

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was a little bit of bleeding on Rhodia.

Other properties: low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex and broad nibs.

Comparison Swabs:

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Red Bear is a little darker than Robert Oster Clay Red and a bit warmer than Franklin-Christoph Sweet Maroon. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, and click here to see the red inks together.

Longer writing:

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I used a medium Pilot Custom 74 Merlot on a Lochby A5 Lined Refill-Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I really enjoyed this ink. It’s well behaved, pretty, different enough from the other Robert Oster reds to keep it interesting, and perfect for the fall and winter seasons.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Vitstyle for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.