Diamine steel blue is the first teal ink I bought and one I was never without, unfortunately with the number of new inks constantly being released it has been awhile since I have filled a pen with it, when I do I am reminded as to why I like it.
Diamine oxblood is one of the inks that always seems to crop up in lists people make of the X number inks everyone should have. Others that frequently appear in the lists are Watermans serenity blue, Pilots kon-peki and Noodlers black and Apache sunset.
Cocoa shimmer is the second shimmer ink I ever purchased. It is much more muted than many of the other shimmer inks, the gold shimmer with a brown ink is quite subtle even in bright light. Diamine inks are ubiquitous however I am going to recommend you buy directly from Diamine if you are interested. Obviously, they carry the whole range, I bought 5 shimmer inks, paid the UK price which is less than I would pay in New Zealand and only five pounds for postage (NZD$10, USD$6.25).
Another Diamine exclusive from Seitz-Kreuznach in Germany. They carry a number of Diamine German exclusive inks of which many are available elsewhere such as the guitar inks. They have however, two inks exclusive to them Bloody Absinth and this, Bloody Brexit.
Quick note – Seitz-Kreuznach carry many inks including their own brand and any purchase over 25euro = free international shipping.
This is the first Diamine shimmer ink I bought, I was disappointed with it as the blue was darker than expected and I didn’t think it shimmered enough. Having said that I bought this colour because it was my first shimmer ink and it I didn't want something 'too out there'. I ended up hardly using it but then again I am not a big fan of blue inks. Doing this review I have a new respect for it.
Smoke on the water is a Diamine German exclusive and a very famous Deep Purple track. Calling this ink exclusive is a misnomer. The German Diamine inks were commissioned by SC Lucht the German distributor, they are exclusive to this company but any German retailer they supply can sell the inks anywhere they like. Hence many have purchased the the ‘German exclusive’ inks from German online retailers as I did.
I like shimmer inks – some people think they are not practical, but I use them everywhere even at work though there I tend to keep to more muted shimmer inks such as dark blues with subtle shimmer. This shimmer ink appealed because all the pictures I saw it just popped.
An aurora is sometimes known as Polar lights, they are natural light displays best seen in high-latitude regions hence around the Arctic and Antarctic. Aurora Borealis for which this ink is named are the Northern lights seen around the Arctic. The Aurora Borealis were named in 1619 by Galileo, from the Roman goddess of the dawn and the Greek name for the north wind. The Southern lights are known as Aurora Australis.
I have already reviewed Monboddos hat one of the two Diamine inks developed in collaboration with the Fountain Pens UK Facebook community on Facebook. Scribble purple is the other ink and it was selected as the top choice from the 10 prototypes. This ink is named after Scribble Purple the nom de plume for the person behind the blog “Too Many Purples – the search for the perfect purple ink’.
This is one of two inks developed by Diamine in collaboration with the UK Fountain Pen Facebook group. Ten prototypes were developed and this is one of two selected for production.