Ink Review: Terracotta by Diamine

An overview of the inks within this review series is available here. Diamine Terracotta is a rust coloured orange brown. I used a broad nibbed pen loaded with this ink in my journal and the shading was wonderful and the ink was easy to read on the page.


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Goulet Pens Jet Pens Cult Pens Stylus Fine Pens
Price / 40 ml Bottle $15.95 US $18.50 US £7.75 $15 CAN
Price / ml $0.40 US $0.46 US £0.19 $0.38 CAN
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: This ink is a good shader when used in broader nibs on fountain pen friendly paper.
Bleed Through: Like a lot of inks in this series, bleed through on Copy paper seems to be the norm, Field Notes and Rhodia perform well though in this regard.
Show Through: Show through on Copy paper makes it so the backside is not suitable for use. Field Notes and Rhodia have backsides of sheets that are perfectly usable.
Saturation: Slightly less than average saturation.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: This ink has no water resistance.
Drying Time: Longer than average dry time, 25 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia. 
Flow: Average flow. Average lubrication. 
Cleaning: Very easy to flush from a pen.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

A band of bright orange-brown leads the ink trace followed by light apricot.

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Conclusions

When I first saw the colour swatch for this ink I was underwhelmed but the written page is quite lovely to look at with its dramatic shading. This colour really isn't suitable for the workplace but looks quite nice in correspondence or journalling. If orange-brown is a colour that you enjoy, you should add a bottle of this to your collection.

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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.