I approached Diamine Inks in February asking if they would supply samples of their 150th anniversary inks and they were kind enough to send a complete set of 5ml sample vials to the blog for review.
Diamine started manufacturing ink in 1864 for the UK market. Based in Liverpool, today the brand produces more than 130 colours of fountain pen ink under its own label and produces inks for other companies too. To celebrate this heritage, Diamine released a set of eight "150th Anniversary Inks" in the fall of 2014.
These new ink colours come in distinctive, wedge shaped, 40 ml bottles that form a circle when all eight are grouped together. The colours are:
1864 Blue Black - A very dark blue black, closer to black than blue.
Blue Velvet - An eye poping royal blue
Carnival - A red that leans more pink than orange
Regency Blue - A navy blue bordering on indigo
Safari - An earth toned green
Silver Fox - A silver grey
Terracotta - An orange brown
Tropical Green - An every day stock green
Ink swab images of these colours can be seen below.
Images courtesy of Goulet Pens
Over the next three weeks we will review all of these inks. I hope you are as eager to see how they perform as I am.