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Nice solid Black. Minimal...
, May 14, 2012
Nice solid Black. Minimal bleed. Almost no feathering, even on cheap paper. Is
not extremely contrasty, and does exhibit some shading.
I do prefer a darker black, but for rapid journal writing it will flow. It just
might be for you.
| This black is absolutely...
, June 27, 2013
This black is absolutely terrific for drawing, the best choice I have found for
water-soluble black ink that can be lifted and moved with water. Unlike about a
dozen of the other fountain pen blacks I have tried (not counting the
water-INsoluble ones here), this ink is remarkably lightfast (4 months in a
sunny window and counting). (Two other very nice and similarly pretty darned
lightfast ones are not truly black - De Atramentis Night Black, which is
actually a very dark green, and Diamine Eclipse, which is actually a very dark
violet -- I have and enjoy these too.) The other blacks I have tried fade much
more quickly, often turning brown first. This includes Aurora, Pelikan, Private
Reserve Velvet Black, the other Diamine blacks, J Herbin Perle Noir, and a
number of others.
The Diamine Jet Black is a true black, a bit on the cool side, and is completely
water-soluble. I have some loaded into a fine Aquash waterbrush and some loaded
into a Pilot Petit1 pen converted to an eyedropper. Add a big waterbrush with
water or a watercolor brush or two and a vessel of some kind to contain water,
and you have part of a great traveling drawing kit. I would add a
water-INSOLUBLE black, either a fountain pen ink (Noodler's, Sailor, or
Platinum) or a permanent marker (like a Faber-Castell calligraphy marker, for
its nice variable line width), so that you can have both permanent and movable
I've been looking for a reasonably lightfast (like I said, four months and
counting in a sunny window) completely water-soluble black ink for drawing, and
I have finally found it. It also behaves well in a fountain pen and comes in
Diamine's generously-sized 80 ml bottle. Bliss!