18 Aug 2016

ink: diamine blue pearl (hello shimmer!)

Late last year, I started exploring bottled ink and this eventually led me to try out Diamine Blue Pearl which is a shimmer ink. This is my first time trying a shimmer ink and I have mixed feelings about this one.

Initially, I loaded my Lamy Safari with it because I figured that if it were to clog up the feed, I can easily dismantle the nib and clean it. I'm glad I did this because it did clog up my feed after a page of use! I do like how it looks but in my opinion, it's not worth the frequent clogs. This has put me off shimmer inks for a while (even if the J. Herbin ones do look lovely) but maybe I just need to give it another chance in a pen with a thicker nib (something I don't have!).

I tried using my Parker Jotter a few days later (after storing it horizontally) and found that the ink had clogged up the feed and wouldn't write. Overall, I'm still yet to find a pen that this writes well in (and I don't want to try one of my more expensive ones for fear of clogging up the feed irreversibly).

Have you tried any of the Diamine Shimmer inks or any of the J. Herbin 1670 inks? If so, what do you think of them?

1 comment

  1. I use brandy dazzle in my TWSBI 540 1.1mm stub and it's perfect. No clogging or drying even when I leave it untouched for weeks (I know I'm terrible like that!)