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Diamine “Graphite” (“grey”): Ink Review

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Diamine “Graphite”: a very dark grey with muted shading

Diamine Graphite

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

  Leuchtturm 1917 Spiral-bound Notepad
Color  Very dark grey – subtle green hues  Very dark grey – subtle green hues
Saturation  High  High
Shading  Almost none – pretty muted  Not much
Feathering  None  None
Bleed-through  None  None
Wetness  Rather wet (might be the rather wet Bock-nib of the test pen [Namisu Orion, EF], as well)  Rather wet (might be the rather wet Bock-nib of the test pen [Namisu Orion, EF], as well)
Drying time  ca. 20 sec. (NB: might be due to the rather wet Bock-nib of the test pen [Namisu Orion, EF], as well)  ca. 18 sec. (NB: might be due to the rather wet Bock-nib of the test pen [Namisu Orion, EF], as well)
Smudging when dry  A little  No
Regular smear test  Ok  Ok
Left-page smear test  So and so  –

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

Diamine Graphite

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

Diamine Graphite

Diamine Graphite is a pretty unspectacular and rather muted ink. This might be the character that makes it really appealing to some, but not super exciting to me. Why?

Colorwise, Graphite really is that – graphite. It is a very dark grey, but it is so dark that to me it seems to be too much of a stuck in the middle. If I want a grey, I go for instance with Diamine Grey or Kaweco Smokey Grey, which really are grey inks. If I want black, I take any black ink. Diamine Graphite, to me personally, is too black to be an interesting grey ink, and not black enough to go as a such. If that is what you want, then Graphite might be just for you!

As said above, the ink is pretty muted. This means that there is not a lot of shading noticeable. A little, though. The whiter the paper, the more of the very subtle shading you will see. There is also a quite interesting subtle green hue to the ink. It is not so much visible on paper, but you definitely see it once you dissolve the ink in water.

Otherwise, the ink is very well behaved. There is no feathering or bleed-throughs. However, the ink is quite wet which results in quite long drying times. I have to add that the test pen used, a Namisu Orion with an extra fine (EF) Bock-nib is a pretty wet writer. Anyway, it is safe to say that an ink that produces 18 seconds (+) drying times in an EF-nib – even a wet one – is a rather slow drying ink.

Pricewise, as with all the Diamine inks, the Graphite is very affordable.

As for its ‘leftyness’, Diamine Graphite is on the edge. It does pass the “regular smear test” (see the section above the actual ink review). Once dry, however, it may smudge a little on LT1917 paper, which is why it also does not pass the “left page smear test”. It does not smudge once dry on standard paper, though. The quite long drying time then finally disqualifies the ink from being a safe bet for lefties. It is, however, not a complete ‘lefty fail’, so you might try your luck with it. It will not become one of my standard inks, though.

Lefty approved? Nope, not exactly.

 

 

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.

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