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    Default Ink Review: Diamine Macassar

    Today I'm reviewing Diamine Macassar

    A dark brown ink from the standard range. The word ‘macassar’ means a kind of oil that men formerly used on their hair to make it shine and lie flat. Makassar is a spelling variant. Makassar is also a former name of Ujung Pandang, a seaport on SW Sulawesi in central Indonesia.

    • Flow Rate: Very good. Quite wet in the pen & paper combinations I used.
    • Lubrication: Good with the M nib on several different papers, a bit more would have been nice with the Safari F nib.
    • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
    • Start-up: Immediate.
    • Saturation: Good.
    • Shading Potential: Some seen with the Safari.
    • Sheen: None seen.
    • Show-Through:
      • Tomoe River 68gsm.
      • Cheaper generic 80 & 90gsm printer papers & lined pads.
      • Field Notes
      • Tom Bihn Lined
      • Whitelines

    • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Only a little seen on Field Notes.
    • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after over 1 week in the pen
    • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days - easy clean-up
    • Staining (hands): Easy clean-up with bar soap. Two washes required with liquid soap.
    • Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
    • Water resistance: Quite water resistant, but not sold as waterproof.
    • Availability: Available from Diamine Inks web-site and many other outlets.

    Diamine Macassar.jpgDiamine Macassar 1.jpg
    Last edited by Chrissy; August 28th, 2019 at 01:22 AM.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Macassar

    Thanks for the comprehensive review, Chrissy. As you say, it's a decent ink with nice flow. I came to Macassar from Diamine Chocolate Brown (which was more red) and moved on to Diamine Ochre (for a change) - all good inks.

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    You're welcome. And yes, I agree that they are.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Macassar

    I'm a big fan, currently lives in my opera elements air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketRyan View Post
    I'm a big fan, currently lives in my opera elements air.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Macassar

    Great review, as always. It is not as dark, but somehow remind me in feel of Sailor Doyou a tiny bit, at least on the Tom Bihn paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    Great review, as always. It is not as dark, but somehow remind me in feel of Sailor Doyou a tiny bit, at least on the Tom Bihn paper.
    You're welcome. It varies quite a lot in how dark it looks, depending on the pen & paper used. However, my Sailor Jentle Do you always looks almost black no matter what pen I use it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    Great review, as always. It is not as dark, but somehow remind me in feel of Sailor Doyou a tiny bit, at least on the Tom Bihn paper.
    You're welcome. It varies quite a lot in how dark it looks, depending on the pen & paper used. However, my Sailor Jentle Do you always looks almost black no matter what pen I use it in.
    Yep, the ink that is too dark to be brown, not quite black, and who knows what it really is. Thanks!
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    A good review of a really nice ink. I do use it quite a lot, as well as CP Deep Dark Brown and Edelstein Smoky Quartz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Good Captain View Post
    A good review of a really nice ink. I do use it quite a lot, as well as CP Deep Dark Brown and Edelstein Smoky Quartz.
    You're welcome. Cult Pens Deep Dark Brown is one I don't have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Cult Pens Deep Dark Brown is one I don't have.
    Gasp! How can this be?

    I kinda like this for colour, but the name would always conjure up the antimacassar and those lace-trimmed upholstery saviours make me cringe and look round for the aspidistra and the print of Tretchikoff's Chinese Girl. Which is not something I look for in an ink. So not for me, but as the vaults aren't exactly short of browns, that's probably just as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grainweevil View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Cult Pens Deep Dark Brown is one I don't have.
    Gasp! How can this be?

    I kinda like this for colour, but the name would always conjure up the antimacassar and those lace-trimmed upholstery saviours make me cringe and look round for the aspidistra and the print of Tretchikoff's Chinese Girl. Which is not something I look for in an ink. So not for me, but as the vaults aren't exactly short of browns, that's probably just as well.
    I've never even had a sample of Cult pens Deep Dark Brown

    I'm happy with Macassar though. Despite the different meanings of the name, it's a really nice ink.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Macassar

    I found some darker brown inks to compare Diamine Macassar against:

    Diamine Macassar Comp 1.jpeg
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    It is my favourite brown (so far), and one bought before seeing any reviews! I'm sure many a penpal letter has been written with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    It is my favourite brown (so far), and one bought before seeing any reviews! I'm sure many a penpal letter has been written with this.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Macassar

    My current favorite brown is Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri; this is very like it. And a fine review as always!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    My current favorite brown is Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri; this is very like it. And a fine review as always!
    You're welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Today I'm reviewing Diamine Macassar

    A dark brown ink from the standard range. The word ‘macassar’ means a kind of oil that men formerly used on their hair to make it shine and lie flat. Makassar is a spelling variant. Makassar is also a former name of Ujung Pandang, a seaport on SW Sulawesi in central Indonesia.
    Could be the Macassar Ebony.
    GvFC had one of their Classic line with that wood
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    Looks more similar to the hues on the Xerox paper swabs

    The white paper samples looks slightly green on my screen. Is it closer to that in real or more red ?
    Last edited by rluka; December 29th, 2017 at 11:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rluka View Post

    The white paper samples looks slightly green on my screen. Is it closer to that in real or more red ?
    I don't see green. Maybe on the Tom Bihn paper it looks less red. But it's definitely a standard type of brown.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Macassar

    My go-to, in more ways than one.

    It’s the ink that actually drives me to refill carts. It behaves in a slobbering Lamy 2000 xf, and a Vanishing Point, and a CI Franklin-Christoph, a Conklin stub, ummm... there’s more.

    Another Go-To is my unofficially All Black Ink office. Noodlers Zhivago for cold facts, American Aristocracy for action, Diamine 1864 Blue-Black for pomp, but mostly Macassar in my F and XFs is a brown that you feel long before you see, a cool, easy, broken-in brown.

    Thank you for the review of my favorite ink, and that swatch sample is dynamite!

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