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    Default Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    My latest ink samples from Diamine include one of their 150th Anniversary inks: Safari So that's the ink I'm reviewing today. It's what fountain pen inks users might describe as a 'murky green ink'. These 'murky green' coloured inks are becoming more and more popular

    Diamine Safari is more green than Salamander, Noodler's VMail Burma Road Brown and Montblanc Racing Green, although it can occasionally look a little more brownish on some papers, depending on the nib used. It's a good performer in all of the pens and on all of the paper I tried it with. It's not deeply saturated but I saw lot's of shading and no noticeable sheen.

    It felt quite wet in my Lamy NexxM with M nib. Both pens I used wrote straight away without any hard starts or skipping. The flow was very good, slightly wet, with my M nib and the lubrication also felt good along a line. The dry time on all of the papers I used was 18-20 secs, which some may consider is quite a long dry time. Once dry there was no smearing.

    Although I forgot to do the water test before I scanned the main review sheet, this ink has great water resistance despite not being sold as a water resistant ink.

    This is one of my favourites of the 150th Anniversary series. I like the murky yellowish green colour. In fact I prefer it to some similar inks in this colour range that usually just look either very dark brown or almost black.

    • This isn't sold as a waterproof ink, but it exhibits very good water resistance.
    • Bearing in mind the review form paper I use is thick with a shiny surface, and I used a Lamy M nib and a Lamy 1.1mm nib, this ink took 18-20 secs to dry from both nibs on each of the different papers I used. No smear after dry.
    • It exhibited very good flow and good lubrication and I found it smooth to write with. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.
    • It is currently only available in 40ml bottles.
    • Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.
    • It's a little more expensive than the standard series


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    Some similar swatches
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    Rhodia Paper
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    Cheap printer paper
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    Blot on Kitchen towel
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    Box and Bottle
    Last edited by Chrissy; January 4th, 2017 at 03:47 AM.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Nice. Personally I quite like the murky greens! :P

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey View Post
    Nice. Personally I quite like the murky greens! :P
    Me too, but I prefer those that look like more like green.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    I love inks that have good shading. This one looked particularly lovely on the Rhodia dot pad. I may have to get a sample of this one! Great review once again!

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Nice green, I've just started using waterman's harmonious green and love it. It's a green green, and pretty cheap too.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Yes, it is a lovely ink. Great review too.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Quote Originally Posted by The Good Captain View Post
    Yes, it is a lovely ink. Great review too.
    Quote Originally Posted by KKay View Post
    I love inks that have good shading. This one looked particularly lovely on the Rhodia dot pad. I may have to get a sample of this one! Great review once again!
    Thanks and you're welcome.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey View Post
    Nice. Personally I quite like the murky greens! :P
    Me too, but I prefer those that look like more like green.
    Haha, I'm actually not sure I prefer one over the other. I like green, but it's not a favorite, so I'm often a bit ambivalent on the particulars.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Diamine Salamander and Stipula Musk Green are favorites, this one looks like it will fit right in. 😄
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Thanks for a very enjoyable review! I forgot I had this ink, and I'm going to load it up and feel like I just got a new ink!

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyIvan View Post
    Diamine Salamander and Stipula Musk Green are favorites, this one looks like it will fit right in. 😄
    They are both darker than Safari, but they are still very nice inks. There is still room for Safari.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Quote Originally Posted by xtyc View Post
    Thanks for a very enjoyable review! I forgot I had this ink, and I'm going to load it up and feel like I just got a new ink!
    Thank you, and you're welcome. I also have some inks that I've forgotten. Maybe I should load some up too.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Thanks for the review. That is a nice looking green, I think. Lovely shading.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Love. Green. Ink.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Love. Green. Ink.
    Have you tried Oster Melon Tea? I think you would like it.

    I do love Diamine Safari, too, though.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Monteverde Olivine is a very attractive green ink, and it behaves well.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    The 18-20 seconds drying time rules it out for me but then its not such an attractive color anyway, a definite miss.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Yes it's not a quick dryer.....

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary ink)

    Really appreciate your extensive reviews. Good Stuff!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagebrush64 View Post
    Really appreciate your extensive reviews. Good Stuff!!!
    You're welcome.

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