Ink Review: Blue Velvet by Diamine

An overview of the inks within this review series is available here. When this ink touched the page I thought "Well, hey there beautiful." I would describe it as the genteel sibling of Private Reserve Electric DC Blue. There are a lot of colour similarities but this one doesn't smudge when you look at it sideways. Good behaviour comes at a cost though, the sheen that Electric DC Blue sports is nowhere to be found with Blue Velvet.

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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: The saturated nature of this ink kept shading to a minimum.
Bleed Through: Both Copy paper and Field Notes experience spot bleeding. As usual, Rhodia fairs quite well.
Show Through: Depending on the preference of the writer, the back side of Copy paper would likely be considered unusable and Field Notes may be considered questionable for use. The backside of Rhodia is just fine for use.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Sheen: None in a standard writing sample, maybe if you lay it on real thick in a swab.
Water Resistance: What water resistance, none to be found here. Oddly enough, this ink proves to be positively indelible when applied to a four year old's face and hands.
Drying Time: Longer than average, 30 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia. 
Flow: Average flow. Average lubrication. 
Cleaning: Yet to be determined. Should be a non issue with water resistance that is this poor. Will update. 

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

This ink is made up primarily of vibrant cobalt blue.


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Conclusions

This is a shade of blue that I really like. While I don't have my own bottle, I could certainly see adding one to the collection. I'm a little torn about trading Electric DC Blue's sheen for Blue Velvet's better resistance to smudging. I think that the trade off may be worth it in this case.

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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.