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    Default Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    Today I'm reviewing Cult Pens Petra ink, one of their Diamine Inks exclusive inks. It is one of a recent series of inks inspired by modern Wonders of the World and by 'modern' they mean still in existence. This is what Cult Pens says about this ink:

    “Petra: Once a major regional trading hub due to its proximity to the incense trade route, the ancient sandstone-carved city of Petra is found in Southern Jordan, adjacent to the mountain of Jabal Al-Madbah. The beautiful pink hue of the sandstone rock inspired the colour of this ink.”

    Petra is an unsaturated, terracotta ink that replicates the colour of the original sandstone rock. It’s a pale ink that flows well from start-up. Lubrication across the page is smooth.

    It didn’t suffer from any hard starts or non-starts when I put the uncapped pen down to do swab tests, dry times and water resistance. It dried quickly on most papers and once dry it didn’t smudge or smear.

    I found no start-up problems after leaving the pen overnight. I saw some shading but no sheen.

    I didn’t see too much show-through or bleed-through on the papers I used. As usual, Exacompta FAF and Whitelines had the most.

    • Flow Rate: Good
    • Lubrication: Smooth
    • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
    • Start-up: Immediate.
    • Saturation: Unsaturated ink.
    • Shading Potential: Some shading seen.
    • Sheen: No sheen seen.
    • Show-through/Bleed-through: Not much seen.
    • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen.
    • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen.
    • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days in the pen. Very easy clean-up.
    • Staining (hands): Clean after one wash.
    • Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
    • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof and most of it disappears after wetting.
    • Availability: 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic bottles exclusively available from Cult Pens, UK.



    My thanks to Diamine Inks for sending me this sample to review.

    Cult Pens Petra.jpgCult Pens Petra 1.jpeg
    Last edited by Chrissy; May 16th, 2024 at 02:39 PM.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    Thanks, Chrissy. I like the look of this ink best on the chroma test paper, actually. There it shows the pink and yellow most, which give this some pizazz.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    Thank you for an excellent review @Chrissy
    It seems like an intriguing colour.
    I'm assuming the scanner captured inexistent ghosting on Clairefontaine and Marumann

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    Quote Originally Posted by TSherbs View Post
    Thanks, Chrissy. I like the look of this ink best on the chroma test paper, actually. There it shows the pink and yellow most, which give this some pizazz.
    You're welcome. :}
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    Thank you for an excellent review @Chrissy
    It seems like an intriguing colour.
    I'm assuming the scanner captured inexistent ghosting on Clairefontaine and Marumann
    You're welcome.
    There is a little ghosting on Clairefontaine & Maruman but it remains unnoticeable when you come to write on the reverse so I discount it. You can just about see it's there.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    It must just be me, but I don't see images. I see hyperlinks labeled "Attachment 84357Attachment 84358" - two links, right next to each other. And when I click the link, it says, "Invalid Attachment specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator".

    I've tried a forced reload, but no change.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    I'm assuming the scanner captured inexistent ghosting on Clairefontaine and Marumann
    Scanners are like cheap fluorescent lights - they reveal flaws that aren't there.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    That's odd I don't know where they went. Hopefully they are back now. I'm using an old version of Safari to log in so maybe my images didn't work at the time. This place has an ancient and out of date server so it could have been that.

    My Epson Perfection V600 Photo isn't like a regular cheap scanner. I like to make sure that the images show as close to the exact ink colour as I can possibly get so I bought this special piece of kit to do that. I don't know whether or not everyone sees the same thing on their own screens at home.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    Thanks. Color seems remarkably consistent across all papers.

    Seems ironic they would take inspiration from "wonders of the world" for an ink that washes away at the first drop of rain.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    @chrissy, images are back up

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    Yes, images there now! Thank you! Great review, as always - love how thorough your reviews are, as well as the consistent features. The color's nice, but may be a little too pink for me, hard to say. Meanwhile, they could use this color for parts of southern Utah too - the Moab area / Arches National Park is a very similar shade.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    Quote Originally Posted by Brilliant Bill View Post
    Thanks. Color seems remarkably consistent across all papers.
    That is unusual, isn't it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brilliant Bill View Post
    Seems ironic they would take inspiration from "wonders of the world" for an ink that washes away at the first drop of rain.
    I wonder if Diamine have realized this yet.

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    Good review, as always. I like the color!

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Cult Pens Petra- Wonders of the World - Diamine Exclusive

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Good review, as always. I like the color!

    I had an odd dream last night. Went to the 'Diamine Flagship Store,' where they had a display of burgundy inks in fancy bottles, with glass pens to test them, but the bottles were almost empty. Then the clerk said they were launching a line of color-changing nail polish. I said count me in. 🤔
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Good review, as always. I like the color!

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