Diamine Blue Lightning: Ink Review
Diamine Blue Lightning is a bright, dazzling, and electric ink. It has a lot of shimmer, so see what we think about it!
- LAMY AL-star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- 30+ seconds – The dry time for this ink really surprised me. It took a lot longer than originally expected at over 30 seconds. Many of Diamine's other inks have a shorter dry time. The pigments added to the ink to obtain the shimmer effect cause the ink to take a slightly longer amount of time to dry. This can cause a bit of smudging and smearing but it is easily avoided once you understand the ink.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low – Blue Lighting plus water will equal dissatisfaction. Water will not only make the ink disappear (as you can see on my grid test), it will also kill the shimmer. If you are looking for a shimmering ink to use as an ink wash I would recommend using very little water. Otherwise you won't necessarily get the effect you are searching for.
- Low – The color definitely gets bolder and more concentrated with a higher amount of ink. We recommend using this ink in a flex pen or a stub nib because those will put more ink down on the page and raise the likelihood of obtaining shimmer.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Low/Medium –When cleaning the ink off of my nib it came off very easily with little to no effort. However, the pigments used to create the shimmer in this ink can create build up inside of the feed and cause issues. Make sure you are cleaning the inside of your pen properly and frequently to avoid this. Using a toothbrush on the feed can give some extra help if you need it.
- High – Calling this ink Blue Lightning is definitely fitting. The color ranges from a very very light and bright blue (almost like lightning) to a deep brilliant blue reminiscent of a night sky in a thunderstorm. Even with thinner nibs you can see a good deal of shading at the bottoms of letters.
- Medium – The flow didn't seem to be effected by it when I wrote but I'm sure it could cause problems after prolonged use. The ink wasn't overly wet, which was surprising because of the long dry time. Overall the flow was adequate and kept pace with my fast writing. I would recommend keeping pens with shimmering inks like this one as clean as possible to avoid any flow issues while writing.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- 50 ml bottle
- The bottle design is tall, and the neck opening is small. The chances of getting ink all over the body and grip when filling is pretty high, especially when ink is low.
Diamine Blue Lightning is one of those inks that offers you everything you are looking for in a shimmering ink. It's color is eye catching and dazzling. Be prepared to answer lots of questions if you plan on using this ink at work. It doesn't take much to be able to see its shimmer as it shines bright and electric even with thinner nibs.
You can find Diamine Blue Lightning in a 50ml bottle for as a sample.