Ink Review: Diamine Grey


Diamine Grey
Pen: Lamy Safari EF
Paper: Rhodia Dotpad 80gsm

Number 2 in the Perfect Grey Countdown is Diamine Grey.  After my tough breakup with Noodler's Lexington Grey, I did quite a bit of research on and FPN (Fountain Pen Network) on grey inks - if you haven't checked out the reviews on Goulet's website, you definitely should! They have details on all aspects of inks, from shading, feathering or bleedthrough.  I wanted a true medium grey with no hints of blue or green, that did not feather.  Based on the reviews from other users, I chose Diamine Grey and I instantly loved it.

Diamine Grey, like most other Diamine inks, is well behaved in all aspects.  It does not feather, bleed or ghost.  Dry time is a bit on the long side at 10 seconds for my EF nib.  I love that this is a true grey and really no hint of another color exhibits itself.  I do notice a faint red sheet on the ink splatter, though you don't see it with normal writing.

I highly highly recommend this ink, especially for it's price.  Compared to the #1 ink in the countdown, it's about half the price, so if you're on a budget or plan to run through bottles pretty quickly, this is a great option for you.  You can pick up a bottle at Goulet or a similar retailer for $14.95 for 80mL.