I have started my journey into fountain pen inks with an ink that I suspect will remain a favourite: Diamine Meadow. This is a bright, happy yellow-toned green ink. Not a lime green. Not a dark green. Just a nice medium green. "Meadow" is a good name for it; think grass, leaves, springtime. It's also almost exactly the same colour as my 2012 limited edition green Lamy Safari. This is one of favourite colours EVER, so finding it in ink form makes me very happy indeed.
Even if you're not as much of a fan of green as I am, Diamine Meadow is still a nice ink. For one, it has gorgeous shading, even with a fine nib. I can imagine that it would be absolutely amazing with a broad or italic nib. I have noticed, however, that it shows different amounts of shading on different papers. It's beautiful on Rhodia, for example, but more muted on the rougher (and probably more absorbent) Paperblanks paper.
|Diamine Meadow in a Paperblanks journal. Lines of poetry from "Sometimes" by Hermann Hesse. The ivory colour of the paper also makes the ink appear slightly yellower.|
Diamine Meadow also does not bleed or feather, and is even well-behaved on cheaper papers. The ink looks darker when the ink is wet, and dries to a lighter, brighter shade of green. Because I am new to fountain pen inks, I find it difficult to judge whether this is a wet or dry ink, but I certainly have no problems with the flow in my Lamy F nib. It does not skip at all, but the ink also does not seem excessively inky.
|See how nicely this ink matches my Safari? I love that.|
The only potential problem I have found with this ink is the dry time. On Rhodia, it took over 20 seconds to dry completely. Dry time is not really an issue for me, so this is not going to make me love this ink any less, but it could be a problem for some. Keep in mind as well that dry times will probably be faster on more porous papers. Rhodia has a very smooth finish, which means that inks will dry more slowly on it.
|This is a scan of my writing sample, not a photo. I hope that by including a scan as well as photos of the ink on two different papers, I can give you a more well-rounded (if not 100% accurate) impression of the ink's colour.|
Overall, Diamine Meadow is a beautiful and well-behaved green fountain pen ink. If you're just getting started with bottled inks or if you're looking to expand your collection of ink colours (or if you're looking for a green ink to match your green Safari pen!), then I highly recommend Diamine Meadow. I think this ink will become a favourite, and I can see myself buying a full bottle of it in the future. I am very happy with my first fountain pen ink, and I am looking forward to trying more colours!
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