Ink Review: Deep Dark Orange by Cult Pens (Diamine)

An overview of the inks within this review series is available here. This ink is a burnt orange that borders on red. While I have a "Similar Inks" selection below, I'm really not too confident that the inks would be considered similar in use. This colour seems very unique and while I find it too wild for standard workplace use, it will show up in my journalling and correspondence.


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Cult Pens
80 ml 30 ml
Price / Bottle £5.90 (£4.92 ex VAT) £2.35 (£1.96 ex VAT)
Price / ml £0.07 (£0.06 ex VAT) £0.08 (£0.07 ex VAT)
Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: Nice shading from orange through rust-red on ink resistant papers with both broad and medium nibs. Better quality absorbent papers show some shading but it is much more muted.
Bleed Through: This ink performs better than the other two Cult Pens inks tested this week but that isn't saying much. The back side of Field Notes is still unusable but I feel that Copy paper would be OK. As usual, ink resistant papers are just fine. 
Show Through: Absorbent papers will exhibit show through.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: No useful water resistance.
Drying Time: A little longer than the average ink, 25 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Average flow. Average lubrication. 
Cleaning: Average.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

The ink trace on this sample is beautiful. The trace is lead with a band of vibrant pumpkin orange with yellow tones followed by bubblegum pink. A narrow band of mauve can be found where the sample was applied to the wicking media.

Similar Inks (Images Courtesy of Goulet Pens and Cult Pens)

While I have shown similar inks above, please note that the colour swatches are from different sources and may not have received the same level of colour correction.

Conclusions

This is a great orange that has a colour which is unique to this brand. It has some shading properties in broad nibs and is perfectly readable in correspondence or your journalling, it could easily perform double duty as a document mark up ink too. Do I like it as much as Habanero? No, but that is a personal preference and no reflection on this ink. It would be nice if it performed better on Field Notes but finding a good Field Notes ink is starting to feel like the search for the Holy Grail. It is difficult to make a silk purse from a sow's ear, and Field Notes is definitely the sow's ear of paper.

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