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Diamine Golden Oasis Shimmer Ink Review

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The Diamine Golden Oasis Shimmertastic Ink was sent to me by Executive Pens Direct to review here on the blog. All views expressed on this ink are my own.

The shimmer revolution.

I have only ever bought and used one shimmer ink, J.Herbins Stormy Grey, and I bought that ink due to novelty and a lot of hype. I very rarely use it and never have this in any of my fountain pens out of pure fear that it'll clog the feed and ruin my pen. I also have a lot of fine nib fountain pens and these don't seem to be the best nib widths to use with a shimmer ink because you’re just not going to appreciate that shimmer. So when I received one of Diamine's Shimmertastic inks in one of my favourite colours I thought I needed to revisit my view on the shimmer and see if anything had changed since the days of Stormy Grey.

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There are an abundance of shimmer inks out there in the market and Diamine have carved out a good portion of said market. They have a huge range of ink colours that they have added glitter or shimmer too and that range expanded only last year, I presume out of sheer success. I think the shimmer revolution is a fad and something that won't stick around for too long, but despite that it's here and I guess worth looking into.

The specifics of this ink colour.

Diamine Golden Oasis is a lovely bright and vibrant green ink that has been paired with gold shimmer to sparkle on your paper. When you really throw some of this ink on the page it glistens but the ink needs to be used liberally to see the benefit. I have seen some shimmer with a fine nib fountain pen but not enough to appreciate it.

I love the base green of this ink, it's bright and vibrant. It looks a little bit like Diamine Meadow which I always find a lovely Spring like colour.

It's also interesting to use a bright coloured shimmer ink, most of them seem to be darker shades to really get that contrast between the ink and glitter, but this is a sunny shade and it's lovely. It's an ink colour that despite the shimmer I would be attracted to.

Finding the shimmer

The best place to see these flecks are in the ink bottle. If this has been settled for any amount of time you see a build up of the shimmer at the base of the ink bottle. When filling a fountain pen or using the ink you really have to shake up the bottle to make sure the flecks flow through the ink otherwise you won’t see any shimmer.

Shimmer build up in the base of the bottle 

Shimmer build up in the base of the bottle 

I have used this ink in my Platinum Plasir fountain pen, against my better judgement. After very little time you can easily see the residue build up in the feed where all those tiny gold flecks build up. In my Plasir this doesn't really worry me, but if in a more expensive fountain pen I would probably be crying.

After a pretty decent shake

After a pretty decent shake

Different uses.

I have also tried using Golden Oasis with a paintbrush to attempt brush lettering and this worked fairly well. I have also tested this out with a dip pen. This wasn’t as easy or smooth as with a paintbrush, there was some clogging in the nib which I had to remove every now and again, but the dip pen did show up the shimmer in the ink.

Overall thoughts.

I like Diamine's Golden Oasis ink, it's a great colour thats very bright and fun. This isn't an ink that I would personally use in my fountain pens because I would be too concerned about the damage it could cause. However to use with a dip pen, calligraphy pen or a paintbrush then I think you could really have some fun with this ink.

I'd like to that Executive Pens Direct for sending me this ink to review on the blog.

Mini Series: Sailor Yama Dori Ink Review

This will be the final review in the Sailor ink mini series. To see the other reviews that make up this mini series click on the links below:

Sailor Jentle Kin-Mokusei

Sailor Fuji-Musume

Sailor Blue Black

Sailor Yama-Dori is a widely loved teal ink famed for its shading and sheen. When searching for a teal ink recommendations usually point to Sailor Yama-Dori.

I have a couple of teal inks that I enjoy so I haven’t really needed to try an alternative. Strangely hearing so much praise for Yama-Dori put me off a little. The high expectations I had probably wouldn’t meet the hype. This is where sample inks are perfect. If you’re disappointed you haven’t wasted money. Therefore with little risk, and as I was ordering other samples, I thought it was the perfect time to give this ink a test run.

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I have been using this ink in my broad nib TWSBI 580. A broad nib gives me a great view of the ink showing off its shading and sheen.

The shading is good. The teal tones from this Sailor ink give you some real variances in the depth of the colour on the page. The colour is very pretty with the light shades looking really quite green.

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And then there is that red sheen that shines on the page. That’s what really makes this ink colour pop. When you look at the ink in the light you see another element of the ink that is striking and very pretty.

Like the other Sailor inks I have used in this mini series the flow of this ink is great. It’s smooth on the page, wet and feels dreamy to write with. I have enjoyed this ink more than I expected, the hype is totally justified. Anyone who enjoys dark inks, or teal inks or fun and quirky inks will really get a kick out of Sailor Yama-Dori.

Final mini series thoughts.

What this mini series has taught me is that Sailor has some great quality inks. Some of the colours perform better than others and have more to show off to the customer. The hype around some of their ink colours is completely justified. I enjoyed the Blue Black ink so much I snapped up a bottle and this has become an ink I use regularly. Now if only Sailor expanded heir offering in the UK and Europe and offer their full range of Jentle inks.

My Modest Ink Collection

   A few of my ink bottles

 

A few of my ink bottles

I am a little stumped at the moment with reviews for the site so todays post is slightly different. One of my aims for this year is to finish a whole bottle of ink. With this in mind I thought I would share my modest collection of bottled ink. This exercise is hopefully interesting to you, but should also shed some light on my ink buying habits.

The complete list:

Ink swabs

Ink swabs

Writing out a list of the bottled ink I own highlights some obvious points. I gravitate to a number of ink brands, predominantly Pilot Iroshizuku ink. Once I’ve tried a manufacturer that I like I tend to go through the ink colours and buy several more. I’ve done this again recently with KWZ.

My choice of colours is very limited. I seem to sway to the blue and blue/green shades. This is a little disappointing, its like the school mentality of blue ink has followed me into adult life. I need more colour!

My Noodlers Black ink is the only anomaly in this list. This ink is waterproof and therefore great to address envelops and for sketching. I have been using this ink a lot in recent months as I try to improve my sketching skills. I doubt this will be the ink I’ll finish this year with an impressive 90ml of it, but I should deplete my stock pretty well.

All of the inks in this list are essentially full bottles. I never make it far before being distracted by a new colour which means I have a lot of ink to hand. If I am to finish a full bottle this year it will likely be the Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai even though this is one of the larger bottles. I really enjoy using this ink and usually have it in one or two fountain pens. It’s a year round ink choice for me.

KWZ Brown Pink Ink Review

I was prompted to buying this ink after seeing it reviewed on The Pen Addict. The colour looked so unusual and different I knew I wanted to try it for myself. I bought this last year at the London Pen Show where the guys from KWZ were working with the Bureau Direct team. After using it for a few months I feel like I can give an honest thoughts on this ink.

It’s not as great as I thought it would be

I do like the colour of this ink. The dusky pink is really pretty and a tad unusual. The dark shade of a usually bright colour makes this ink a contender for an everyday writer because its legible on the page. But despite these benefits it falls down for me because I don’t find myself wanting to use it.

The downsides

I have been using this ink for some time and I’ve noticed that the ink can clog the feed. I have this loaded up in a medium nib Lamy LX and if I don’t use the pen for two or three days I have to work the nib to get the ink flowing again. I haven’t experienced this with any other inks I own, presumably because they are much wetter. Having to coax the ink after such a short time of no use is something I don’t expect.

Putting this issue aside the main reason I bought this ink is the colour. However I ended up being disappointed after using it for a little while. There is no shading and definitely no sheen. The best way I can describe this ink is like it’s a matte colour because it feels flat. It’s just not a very exciting ink.

Performance on paper

The ink works well on various different types of paper. If I use this ink in my Hobohichi Techo there are some slow dry times, in part due to the medium nib on my fountain pen. Using it in my other fountain pen friendly notebooks (Travelers Company, Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Leuchtturm1917 etc.) it performs really well.

In Summary

I want to like this ink colour more than I do but it just doesn’t excite me enough. A dusky pink ink shade that had a bit of depth to it would be perfect. I don’t need glitter and shimmer, but I would like something of interest that you notice if you use and look at an ink colour. With the huge number of inks out there and the enjoyment I get from other inks I own, I don’t think that this ink colour will be the one bottle that I use up this year.