I always like to have a reason to buy an ink, (cue the sound of laughter), no honestly I do, or at least I try to have a reason… Lately I’ve been delving more into orange, amber and brown inks with some really nice results. From J Herbin’s Orange Indien and Noodlers Apache Sunset through Pelikan Edelstein Amber to Diamine Ancient Copper, J Herbin Café des Iles to Iroshizuku Tsukushi, I’ve found that each ink has its own delights and each has in turn found a place on my go-to inks shelf. So when I saw Diamine’s Burnt Sienna I thought this might be a useful addition to that spectrum. You can see the results below.
Presentation: This ink comes in the standard Diamine carton with the standard bottle, you either like them or you don’t. I happen to like them… nuff said.
On Test: As one would expect with a Diamine ink this one behaves well on test. It has a decent drying time on the Rhodia dot grid paper I use for my reviews. On first look the colour is bright,highly saturated and robust and contrasts well on bright white paper. The shade itself is fairly flat in that I couldn’t get much variation in shading using it in my normal test pen but its no less good for that. My only problem came when I compared this ink to another shade in the Diamine stables – Ancient Copper…it was virtually identical.
Summary: If you like the rusty brown hue of Burnt Sienna you won’t be disappointed with how this ink performs. I can’t fault it as an ink in and of itself but I was somewhat disappointed with the similarity to Diamine’s Ancient Copper which is one of my favourite inks. Therefore if you already have (as I do) Diamine’s Ancient Copper there’s virtually no difference between them in terms of shade that I can see so I wouldn’t bother adding it to your collection as it’s almost Ancient Copper’s identical twin… AFWAP