The next ink in our Diamine Shimmering series a copper toned brown with gold particulate. For a brand overview of all of the inks that will be reviewed in this series, follow this link.
If red browns are your thing, this is likely an ink that you would enjoy. You would never think that a brown ink would produce this chromatography sample; the ink trace is lead by a vibrant yellow and followed by a cotton candy pink, no brown dye in sight.
I found that the flow with this ink was a little constrained. When writing a letter, I had to pause at the end of the paragraphs to allow the feed to catch up again so that the pen could put down really wet script. It may be that particulate was partially obstructing the feed and it is a one time thing but this is the first shimmering ink that has given me this type of trouble.
While the shimmer is quite understated, likely due to the gold being close in colour to the brown, the ink has a tendency to shade quite nicely, enough so that you may pick it for that feature alone and choose to fill your pen without shaking the ink to suspend the particulate. All of the writing samples produced good text with a lustrous copper-metallic effect but I wouldn't describe them as "shimmering".
I have other red-browns on hand which are in the same range of colour.
Diamine provided the inks in this review series. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the samples free of charge.