Ink Review: Safari by Diamine

An overview of the inks within this review series is available here. If you like Rohrer & Klingner Alt Goldgrün or Montblanc Daniel Defoe Palm Green, then this ink will be right up your alley. It is a lovely earth toned green with good shading properties.


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Price / 40 ml Bottle $15.95 US $18.50 US £7.75 $15 CAN
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Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of 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: Safari is a lovely shader.
Bleed Through: Copy paper experiences spot bleeding but Field Notes and Rhodia fair quite well.
Show Through: Depending on the preference of the writer, the back side of Copy paper would likely be considered questionable for use. The backside of Rhodia is just fine for use and Field Notes is OK too.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: This ink has no water resistance on Rhodia but does OK on Copy paper.
Drying Time: Average drying time, 20 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia. 
Flow: Average flow. Average lubrication. 
Cleaning: Yet to be determined. Will update. 

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

A band of bright yellow followed by lichen green-grey.

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Conclusions

This tone of green is one of my favourites, especially when paired with cream Tomoe River paper. This is a good substitute for either Alt-Goldgrün or Daniel Defoe Palm Green. When I run out of the Montblanc that I have on hand, this will likely be the replacement for it that I choose. I think that this is the most interesting of the eight inks in this series.

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Solicitation Disclaimer

I reached out to Diamine and asked if they would be willing to supply samples of the complete line of the 150th Anniversary inks. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the sample free of charge.