When life deals you lemons make lemonade the saying goes. This week I’ve been battling with a persistent cough that just won’t go away. The only upside to feeling like death warmed up is that it has given me a little time to catch up on some blog posts that have piled up… So here’s an ink I’ve been meaning to fully review for a while, Diamine Majestic Blue.
Presentation: The standard Diamine ink bottle and box combo.. check out the pictures in the attached gallery.
On Test: This particular shade has grown on me ever since I first used it some months ago. Its something of a regular in my every day carry and is particularly striking in my TWSBI 580. I can see it having a broad range of use, both classically formal and informal. Its not water fast though so bear that in mind.
A dry time of between 20 and 30 seconds on Rhodia paper is about average. But what sets this ink apart is the intensity of the colour. Blue is blue right? Wrong… This one is a little special, a touch out of the ordinary. It has great shading potential in the right pen. Inks that shade well will usually show nuances of the same colour, darker or lighter. Majestic Blue, rather than this, has a very interesting red highlight, particularly in the swatch I took. I’d imagine this would take a fairly broad nib to tease this out but its worth it. The blue itself is the main thing though it’s well… majestic.
Summary: As with all Diamine inks this is to my mind outstanding value. In an earlier post when I briefly compared this with other favourite inks I stated, “Majestic by name and majestic in use. This ink really does it for me. Intense and luxurious it is a go-to blue ink that is part of my every day carry.” Not for the first time in life I find myself agreeing with myself wholeheartedly 🙂