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Diamine “Ancient Copper” (brown): Ink Review


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Diamine Ancient Copper: a solid red-brown ink

Diamine Ancient Copper_Swab

Ink name: Diamine “Ancient Copper”
Unit capacity: 30 ml (plastic bottle)
Price: ca. 3,35 € (via the Diamine Webshop)
Price per ml: ca. 0,11 €

  Leuchtturm 1917 Standard copy paper
Color  Copper brown, slightly reddish  copperish red-brown
Saturation  high  high
Shading  certainly some – but not overwhelming  little
Feathering  none  none
Bleed-through  none  some on 2nd pass
Wetness  moderate  moderate
Drying time  ca. 20 sec.  3-5 sec.
Smudging when dry  difficult, but possible  no
Regular smear test  ok  ok
Left-page smear test  just alright  ok

Handwritten review on Leuchtturm 1917 paper
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)

Diamine Ancient Copper on Leuchtturm paper

Handwritten review on standard photocopying paper
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)

Diamine Ancient Copper on standard paper

Now this ink is somehow interesting. When writing with Diamine Ancient Copper, I would say it is a really lovely ink. A nice brown with some interesting gold-orange-copper tones going on. But once you swab it with a q-tip, or maybe use a broad or flex nib, the ink all of a sudden reveals a lot more red in it. Pretty stunning, I find.

Ancient Copper has a little shading on better paper, not too much though. On cheaper paper the shading flattens out, but is still visible. A whiter paper will reveal significantly more of the inks red-color spectrum than ivory paper will.

Pricewise, as with all the Diamine inks, Ancient Copper is really affordable. I do not find it to be the greatest brown on earth, but it is certainly an interesting one. While it is not the type of ink of which I would always want a bottle home, it is still certainly one where I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a bottle – especially considering the amazing price tag.

As for its ‘leftyness’, Ancient Copper is fine. It has a slightly longer drying time on better paper, but is hard to smudge once dry, which is important. On cheaper paper, there is no problem at all – a super fast 3 sec. drying.

Lefty approved? Yea!







I hope this was helpful – feel free to check out my other ink reviews as well.

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