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Eclipse is a soft but...
September 27, 2012
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Eclipse is a soft but still quite dark black. I'm not sure if that's the best way to describe it... it doesn't tend to shade to gray, as some other blacks (Diamine Jet Black is a good example, and one I unfortunately have much experience with). Eclipse is dark and rich, but not at all a pure black or a sharp (crisp?) black. The blue-purple tones soften it quite a bit.

I really like the color, but I have to admit that when I saw the swatch, I hoped the blue-purple tones would be more apparent. Unless I angle my paper just so and peer at it quite closely, I can only catch a faint hint of it, using my Waterman Kultur fine nib. Maybe a medium or broad nib would show it off, but I don't have any at hand to see (even the Waterman fine is a little too wide for me - I like EF or the F of Japanese pens most).

Bleedthrough on regular paper isn't bad, mostly only in spots where I hesitated with the pen or made multiple strokes, and there's very little feathering so far except on super cheap paper, which is nice.

If you're looking for a black ink, this is a respectable option, but definitely consider reviews with writing samples!
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I bought this looking...
February 8, 2013
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I bought this looking for a "black" ink that would really stand out, and it's a definite favourite so far.

Blacks that dry to a grey just don't please me, but this remains satisfyingly dark. When I'm feeling creative, I can get it to show a bit of purple, which I personally love.
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Is it blue-black or a...
November 4, 2015
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Is it blue-black or a purplish shade of black? Diamine Eclipse is a really beautiful ink that flows superbly in my Lamy Al-star, medium nib. The larger size is a sturdy, glass bottle that would be difficult to spill. Highly recommended!
This is my new favorite...
July 10, 2013
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This is my new favorite black ink. Has a perfect viscosity for normal writing - not too thick and not too watery. The color is vivid but still gentle on the eyes and not too harsh. It is quite well behaved and I haven't had problems with bleeding or feathering, and it is also pretty easy to clean out of a pen. When compared to "true" black inks, this is actually a very deep purple color that appears black on its own. Highly recommended!
Now this is a black that...
June 7, 2013
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Now this is a black that I love. I use it in my Lamy and petit pilot. Both work well with it. No Problems. The color is dark and not the typical grayish black. Plus what an awesome name for an ink!
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