review: diamine marine - ink between the teeth

Jun 25, 2018

review: diamine marine

More Diamine! We're working through inks that I've had before I started this blog.

[edit] An earlier version of this post went up without being finished! That was my bad. It's been updated now.

I've talked about Diamine inks before, so I'm sure I don't have to go through a whole company history. Diamine releases two sizes for their normal line: a 30ml plastic bottle. and an 80ml glass bottle. I have inks in both of these sizes and I like the difference in materials. A plastic bottle is much easier to carry around if you're the kind of person who likes to do that. 80ml bottles always live on the shelf in my apartment.

Marine is very close to a true turquoise in my eye, but is a bit more green.
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Marine has no water resistance at all. It fades quite rapidly, so I definitely wouldn't suggest this ink on the outside of envelopes if you're worried that it'll rain on the way to your destination. Meanwhile, it takes a while to dry: on Tomoe River paper, it is dry to the touch in about 45 to 50 seconds.

It shades a tiny bit, but not enough that I would call it a shading ink. It sheens a tiny bit, but again—not enough that I would call it a sheening ink.
My scan doesn't capture this ink very well, making it look softer and less bright. I've added a picture of it in natural light, as I always do, and I think it looks much better here. But this ink is such a difficult one to capture. I swear I took this picture at least ten times, fiddling with my camera settings each time. Eventually I think I managed to get somewhere close by doing some color correcting in Photoshop. It looks fairly close here, though it's a tad bit brighter.
I compare the ink to a variety of different ones that I own. Boy, do I have a lot of turquoises, huh? It's much more blue than J, Herbin's Vert Réséda and SKB Stone Green, but far lighter than Sailor Jentle Yama-dori and Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro. These latter two are a darker, deeper teal.

Diamine Marine is one of my favorite inks. I've had it for quite a while, and I love using it. I think it might be a bit light for use in professional settings, but I rarely use my fountain pens for anything other than letter and journal writing, so it's perfect for me.

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