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Diamine “Florida Blue” (blue): Ink Review

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Diamine “Florida Blue”: a legit medium-blue

Diamine Florida Blue_swab

Ink name: Diamine “Florida Blue”
Unit capacity: 80 ml (glas bottle)
Price: ca. 6,14 € (e.g. via The Pen Company)
Price per ml: ca. 0,08 €

  Leuchtturm 1917 Spiral-bound Notepad
Color  Darker blue when wet – dries to a bright medium-blue  Bright, medium blue
Saturation Moderate  Moderate
Shading  Decent, subtle – there, but not too much  Low
Feathering  No  Yes, some
Bleed-through  No  Yes, some
Wetness  Moderate, lubricates well  Moderate, well lubricated
Drying time  8 sec.  1 sec.
Smudging when dry  No  No
Regular smear test  Ok  Ok
Left-page smear test  Ok  –

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

Diamine Florida Blue_LT1917

Handwritten review on a Standard Spiral-Bound Notepad
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)

Diamine Florida Blue_standard paper

Diamine “Florida Blue” is a legit medium blue that can be perfectly used as an everyday ink in any circumstance. It’s not too dark, not too bright – just there.

Especially on ivory paper, the ink looks elegant and has a wonderful satiny appearance. It shades gently, just enough to be interesting, but not disturbing on the eye. On standard white paper, the ink looks less interesting and flattens out pretty quickly due to the more absorbent paper. Also the shading is a lot less pronounced.

As for the inks properties, it is a medium wet ink that lubricates and flows very well. Also, it is worthwhile to mention that highlighter can be used on the ink without it smudging, which I find a big plus. On cheaper paper, the writing line tends to feather and bleed-through a little though – which really is rather due to the paper than the ink. I do also notice a decent, but not unpleasant odor in the ink. It’s not a scented ink, but it does have the subtle but noticeable smell that I have also noticed with other Diamine inks in the past.

Price-wise, Diamine inks are probably as good as it can get. Under 0,10€ for a milliliter of ink really is unbeatable, especially for the high quality you get from Diamine inks.

As for its ‘leftyness’, “Florida Blue” is perfect. It dries at the speed of light: 8 seconds on Leuchtturm-paper and 1 second on standard paper are simply fantastic. Also, the ink does not smudge once dry.

Lefty approved? Yes, 100%!








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

If you would like to compare this color to any other ink color/brand, I would suggest to head over to GouletPen’s “Interactive SwabShop” – a tool that lets you compare over 500 different inks, while the swabs are done under similar conditions. This is a wonderful tool for “cross-color-brand-comparison” that I can highly recommend.


  1. Robert D. Robert D.

    Great review Michael! This is the first time I took the time to read how you perform the tests of inks and I really like how you cater to left-handed fountain pen users! Thank you for your work and best of success! I look forward to your future content!

    • Scrively Scrively

      Thank you 🙂

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