The first ink in our Diamine Shimmering series is a lovely turquoise. For a brand overview of all of the inks that will be reviewed in this series, follow this link.
Diamine Blue Lightning is a turquoise ink that contains a glittery silver particulate. While not exactly subtle, I would say that the untrained eye could miss the fact that text written with this ink glitters. The effect isn't too different from what you might get with a glittery gel pen. What you don't get with a gel pen is the great shading that this ink exhibits on all ink resistant papers that were tested. This shading is where nib selection is important, broad, ball-nosed nibs with tipping material seem to perform better than italic without tipping, even though both styles shimmer equally well.
In terms of similar inks, Blue Lightning is a little darker than other turquoises that I have on hand, this makes it easy to read. Below you will see swab comparisons with both Pelikan Turquoise and Lamy Turquoise, my closest matches.
The colour makeup of the ink is solely comprised of turquoise and there is so little glitter in the ink sample applied to the wicking media that it is imperceptible.
When you first pick up the pen, it is likely that the particulate will have settled out of the ink so it is worthwhile to rock the pen back and forth to stir up the glitter and get a bit of a snow globe effect going in the converter. Once you are writing, the movement of the pen should be enough to keep the particulate in suspension.
When in use, the ink writes well without hard starts and feels fairly lubricated when applied to the page. I did not concern myself with dry times because I am using broad nibs on ink resistant papers, a combination that does not promote quick drying. Unfortunately, this ink does not exhibit very good water resistance.