Diamine Poppy Red is a solid true red. This colour really pops and looks great on all shades of paper. Despite it’s vibrant colour I would have no problem using this ink in a variety of applications.
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Diamine Mediterranean Blue is another great colour brought to us by what is quickly becoming my favourite ink company. This blue has a definite lean towards turquoise which might be why I like it so much. Mediterranean Blue is not just a great colour, it is a great performing ink that is very well behaved. The only negative aspect of this ink is a slow dry time and no water resistance, neither of these are concerns for me but something users should be aware of if that is something they need.
Diamine Amber is a nice performing colour with incredible shading. Amber is a little too yellow for my personal tastes but it is an interesting ink. I had some issues with its readability on anything but pure white paper, the few times I have written with it in my Moleskine the ink fades into the paper.
A good ink and a decent colour but it probably won’t make my regular rotation.
A member of FPN wanted people to show him some pen sketches of Coffee mugs and this was my submission. This was drawn on a Rhodia No 38 using a TWSBI filled with Herbin Orange Indien, A Noodler Flex filled with Cactus Fruit and a Lamy Safari 1.5mm filled with Diamine Turquoise.
The TWSBI Diamond 530 is one of the most talked about pen in the Fountain Pen world at the moment and now that I have succumbed to its siren call I can share some thoughts with my faithful readers.
Much of the hype surrounding the TWSBI comes from the open nature of the design and the effort that the designer, Speedy, went to in order to ensure he was creating a pen that people wanted. It is also remarkable because you get a large, piston filler pen for under 50$.
When I cut open the padded envelope I was greeted by a box adorned with the TWSBI logo.
Inside the box was a plastic case that contained and displayed the pen. I had seen pictures of the TWSBI case but I was struck by how well made and solid it felt which I figured was a good sign for the pen within.
Yes the pen pictured is already filled. I was too anxious to use it to take the pictures as I opened.
The case contains the Diamond 530, a wrench for disassembly, some silicone grease and complete care instructions. I don’t think many other manufacturers would include complete schematics of their pens inner workings and the tools to fool with it and that is one of the things that appealed to me. The TWSBI philosophy has a very DIY ethos.
Appearance & Design (9)
The pen is quite nice. The plastic is crisp and clear. I am not a Demonstrator fan boy but it seems appropriate for a pen that is some open about its design. The “diamond” cut facets on the barrel give the pen a nice look. The trim accents the pen nicely.
Construction & Quality (9)
The TWSBI Diamond 530 is a solid pen and despite being made inexpensively and of clear plastic it feels well constructed. The piston action is smooth and easy. Every part fits together well and you can see it was well tested.
Weight & Dimensions (9)
The pen is heavier than I thought it would be and the barrel diameter is great for my hand. My only issue is that I am having a hard time getting used to using a pen unposted. I tried posting the TWSBI but found that it really threw off the pen’s balance.
Nib & Performance (8)
The nib was a real surprise. It was smooth and laid a wet line straight out of the box. Compared to my Lamy steel nibs I found that the TWSBI nib actually has a bit spring to it (not flex) that made writing smooth.
Filling System & Maintenance (10)
This is obviously one of TWSBI’s biggest selling points. The pen is a piston fill, which I love, and it includes everything you could need to take it down to its base components and reassemble.
Cost & Value (10)
A large, piston filler with a decent nib for 40$ USD. Need I say more.
I cannot say that this is my favourite pen, yet, but I have a feeling that it may well become it. The pen write well, feel great and looks good. The pen gives you what many people look for in much pricier pens for a very reasonable entry level price. If you don’t have a TWSBI do yourself a favour and forgo the lattes for a week and spend that cash on this instead.
Other reviews that helped me make my decision:
I got this ink from a pen pal in a box of inks that he thought I may like. This ink like all the Diamine inks I have tried thus far was a stellar performer. Laid down a nice line, flowed and lubricated well and produced a rich colour.
I found this Green was a little to on the blue side for me and a little too bright. I have since parted ways with this ink but only for aesthetic reasons as it was fun to use but the colour just wasn’t to my liking.