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Diamine “Syrah” (red): Ink Review

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Diamine “Syrah”: an elegant dark wine red

Diamine Syrah

Ink name: Diamine “Syrah”
Unit capacity: 30 ml (plastic bottle)
Price: ca. 3,35 € (e.g. via Iguana Sell)
Price per ml: ca. 0,11 €

  Leuchtturm 1917 Spiral-bound Notepad
Color  Very elegant deep dark red on ivory paper  Pretty true wine red
Saturation  High  High
Shading  Elegant, muted shading into dark red  Nice shading across a dark red spectrum
Feathering  None  None
Bleed-through  None  None
Wetness  Medium – rather wet  Medium – rather wet
Drying time  10 sec.  10 sec.
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 Syrah

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

Diamine Syrah

Diamine Syrah, as the name suggests, is a lovely dark wine red. I am normally not a red ink person, especially not those ‘correction-teachers’ reds’ – but Syrah really has an elegant shade of red.

Especially on ivory paper, the ink looks highly elegant and has an almost satiny appearance. It shades soft and warm into deep dark red tones. To some extend, the color reminds me a little of Sailors Oku-Yama – just without the sheen of the latter. On standard white paper, the ink looks less sophisticated and more like a true, nice wine red. Also the shading looks less compact and less muted there.

As for the inks properties, it is a rather wet and saturated ink that lubricates and flows quite well. On cheaper paper, the writing line seems a little inconsistent here and there, but I doubt that this is an issue for most everyday uses. 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.

On another note, this is the first review of a Diamine ink that I write ever since they have redesigned their bottle labels (and also the shapes of the 80ml bottles). Personally, I have enjoyed the old design better. It was simple and ‘just there’, whereas the new label design has quite a lot going on and – at least to my eyes – looks a little too cluttered. The old bottles also always came with a sticker with the inks name labeled on top of the cap, which made it very easy to know the ink when stored in a drawer and seen from atop. Since the bottles are not exactly eye candy (it’s at least not as decorative as an Iroshizuku bottle, which of course costs also a lot more), I assume that most people store those Diamine bottles in drawers. The new bottles do not have those top labels any longer. While this is of course easily fixable at home, I would strongly encourage Diamine to bring this little, but very useful feature back.

As for its ‘leftyness’, “Syrah” is just okay. It’s a relatively wet ink with rather long drying times – but then the Diplomats M-nib also is on the wetter side. Once dry, the ink might smear on the Leuchtturm paper, but not so on standard paper. I can’t give it a wholehearted lefty-pass, but with a little caution on the less-absorbent paper, it will all go well.

Lefty approved? Mhhhhhh….oooookaaaaay.







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. Michael Simon Michael Simon

    This was the second ink I put in my Lamy 2000 EF. The elegent look of the ink complements the pen design nicely. I guess I will try some other inks, but I can easily see this as my permanent combination with the 2000.

    • Scrively Scrively

      Awesome! I have Iroshizuku Shin-Kai in my Fine-nibbed one and love it as well – the blue-black goes really nicely with the Makrolon-body!

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