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Diamine “Mediterranean Blue”: Ink Review


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Diamine Mediterranean Blue: an official light blue ink with great shading

Diamine Mediterranean Blue_inkswab

Ink name: Diamine “Mediterranean Blue”
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  A true, light blue  A true, light blue
Saturation  Medium  Medium
Shading  Lovely shading from light blue to very dark blue  Lovely shading from light blue to a darker blue
Feathering  No  A tiny bit on very close observation
Bleed-through  No  No
Wetness  Moderate-higher  Moderate-higher
Drying time  ca. 18 sec.  ca. 18 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 Mediterranean Blue_Leuchtturm1917

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

Diamine Mediterranean Blue_spiral bound

Diamine “Mediterranean Blue” is a lovely lighter blue ink that can be used in any contexts without considerable trouble. Being an ‘official blue ink’ (i.e. not too dark or too light or with any other hues so that it could not be used in ‘official’ business contexts for instance) just as Diamine Sapphire Blue or J.Herbin Éclat de Saphir, it is the lightest shade of all these. Not too light, however. It is still a true blue ink.

Mediterranean blue has great shading. Here it takes advantage of having a naturally slightly lighter tone – shading from this light blue into pretty dark blue hues. It looks great on both white and ivory paper, however, to me it looks more dense, powerful and dynamic on the latter.

Otherwise, the ink is very well behaved with some minor feathering issues to be mentioned on cheaper paper. To the ink’s defense, however, it must be said that the feathering really requires close observation to be noticed and would most likely not disturb normal everyday writing at all. Another minor disadvantage of the ink could be seen in a slightly longer drying time – about 18 seconds on both papers is not super fast. Anyways, once dry the ink has no smearing or smudging issues whatsoever, which is a great advantage for lefties. I had no problems with the ink and will include it in my standard ink-repertoire.

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

As for its ‘leftyness’, Diamine Mediterranean Blue, even though it has a slightly longer drying time, is still fine due to it being rather ‘smudge-proof’.

Lefty approved? Yes, it is!







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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