Ink Notes: Diamine Salamander

Diamine Salamander ink bottle and Vac 700

Diamine Salamander is the newest ink from Diamine. It’s a dark green so it immediately reminded me of Montblanc Racing Green. The gallery includes a swab comparison between Diamine Salamander, MB Racing Green, and the only other Diamine green that I have – Diamine Evergreen.

In the bottle, and in the Vac 700 the ink looks downright black. The ink also looks black when first swabbed or when using a wet nib and then turns greener as it dries. The color also varies a bit depending on the ink quantity, light and paper used. There’s a sheen to the ink, even after it dries that gives some depth to the ink where it’s heavy that doesn’t show up in the pictures. On most of the papers I used the ink dries to a dark green with some line variation from how much ink the nib puts down. Where there’s more ink it’s darker, almost black when the ink is heavy to hints of yellow or brown in the lighter areas. The paper color has more effect where the ink is lighter.

I used my Sailor 1911 Sterling with a factory medium nib that been stubbed by Richard Binder. It’s a thin stub but provides some nice variation with the right ink. I was pleased with the way Salamander performed with the pen, it gave the writing just a bit of variation. It did have some flow issues on my Staples Sustainable Earth Notebook (sugar cane) paper. That nib has written OK on the paper with other inks. Post-It note paper also caused problems although I can’t say I remember if I used that nib for Post-It notes in the past.

The ink also seemed to struggle to keep up with wider or wetter nibs when fast writing. It never really got to skipping, but the line was getting drier and drier. Overall, this wasn’t one of the freer flowing inks I’ve used. Especially when compared to other Diamine inks I’ve used which tend to be much freer flowing.

I didn’t experience any noticeable feathering with any of the papers I used. I also didn’t experience any bleed-through, even with 3 passes of the Pilot Parallel 6mm nib. (Blatantly lifted from Stephen Brown ink reviews.)

The ink flushed easily from the TWSBI nibs and the Vac 700, although it was only in them briefly. It also flushed easily from the Sailor 1911, where it spent a week.

While the spill test didn’t actually wipe away all the ink, I wouldn’t want to count on being able to read what was written if the paper gets drenched.

Pens Used

My TWSBI Vac 700 with extra fine, fine, medium, broad and 1.1mm nib was used for the writing samples..These nibs tend write a bit dry and the ink had the most problems with the medium nib. it would skip at times with fast writing and I’d have to prime the feed. The 1.1mm nib also had a bit of trouble keeping up but didn’t actually skip.

My Sailor 1911 Sterling with a factory medium nib stubbed by Richard Binder was used as my daily writer for a couple days and on-and-off for about a week. Performance was good except for the previously mentioned sugarcane paper and Post-It notes.

Wrapping Up

I rather link the ink color. There’s some variation in the color, depending upon the paper and nib. Montblanc Racing Green is still my first choice for a dark green so that remains a clear first choice. I also find the flow to be a bit finicky. The borderline flow problems are also a concern but that could be my choice of pens. Still, I think this will find its way into my pens from time to time.

Additional Reading

The Pen Addict’s Review

A review on FPN which had a different experience with the ink flow than I had and also saw some bleed through.

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