on saleDiamine Matador - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-D7094

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on saleDiamine Matador - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-D7094

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2ml sample of Diamine Matador fountain pen ink, in a labeled plastic vial.

Ink Samples
Fast Drying

Whether or not the ink contains glittery particles.

Freeze Resistant

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Iron Gall

Ink made from iron salts and tannic acids. Though quite permanent and waterproof, these inks are typically known for causing chemical corrosion to metal pen parts (especially the nib) and should be used sparingly or with less-valuable pens.


Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to increase flow in your pen.


Whether or not the ink contains finely-ground solid particles in liquid suspension.

Water Resistant

Whether or not the ink, once dried on the paper, will resist being washed away with water.


Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews
nola w.

Loved it and went to buy a bottle but you only had oxblood, matador was only in cartridges so I got Oxblood. Oxblood is too maroon but I'm ok with it. I put a link to goulet on my Facebook page with my ink swatch tests. I use water soluble inks in my pens in my watercolors. You seem (every one does) about how permanent inks are and I want water soluble.

My fave red so far

Red ink makes me sentimental. It was my grandmother's favorite color, and my great grandmother did all her correspondence in red ink. I picked up this ink, Diamine Red Dragon, and De Atramentis Oriental Red. I tried these in the red Pilot Metropolitan with 1.1 stub. Matador was my favorite of the 3. Bright, saturated, and I got some nice shading. Had no problems starting, and the nib stayed smooth and wet but wasn't gushing. Diamine Red Dragon was nice too but Matador pulled my eye more.

A fabulous red ink

I received my sample in time to use it on Christmas Cards and Notes. The rich red color was perfect and looked dynamic written with my italic nib.

Beautiful Color

I have a TWSBI Eco fine nib and this ink flows really well, but unfortunately it writes very wet. It made my fine nib seem like a medium and it bled through the cheap notebook paper terribly. On copy paper it bled through just a little bit. I was going to use this ink for grading papers, hence why I was checking it on cheap paper. The color is gorgeous, however. A nice deep rich red. I just wish it didn't bleed through so bad.

Deep rich natural red color!

I always admired the deep warm natural look of red ink that I wrote with in my youth. Most of those pens were ball point and the fountain pens I started writing with didn't have good red ink, but rather weak or pale. I was very pleased to find all these new ink colors on your site and found Matador ink was the best for my needs. Thanks for having such a good site where different inks can be sampled. I haven't been able to test inks since the 70's when the stores used to have many different bottles for sale. Keep up the great service!

FAQ about Ink Samples

How do I fill my fountain pen from an ink sample vial? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the fountain pen's filling mechanism.

Check out our blog post on How to Fill a Fountain Pen from an Ink Sample Vial.

How much writing can I do with 2ml of ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It really depends on how big or small you write, and the nib size you’re using. We find that usually you can get 2 good fills for a typical converter with our Ink samples, or one good fill with a piston-filling pen. How much writing depends on you more than anything else, so we recommend experimenting with different nib sizes to find what works best for you. 

What is shading, sheening, or shimmering ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Shading - A common (and often desired) result of a fountain pen ink pooling in certain parts of a letter when writing, so that the color and saturation of the ink appears different within a single letter or word. This characteristic cannot be achieved with ballpoint or rollerball pens and is a very appealing aspect of fountain pen use for those particularly drawn to all the pretty ink colors.

Sheen - Characteristic of a fountain pen ink where when ink pools another color can be seen on top of the ink, especially when looked at in different light angles using certain paper types. There is no way to guarantee an ink will sheen, but using a larger nib on a pen will help obtain sheening results in your writing.

Shimmering - Fountain pen ink that has small particles of glitter mixed in.

Is shimmering ink safe to use in fountain pens? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes! Shimmering ink is a great way to add some flare to your writing. We have found that a larger nib will showcase more shimmering particles while writing, but you can use any nib size and shimmering ink. All the ink we sell is safe for use in fountain pens.

You can learn more in our blog: How to Write with Shimmering Ink.

What's your return policy for ink samples? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We do not accept returns for ink that has been used. Otherwise, we accept returns on unused ink products for up to 30 days from purchase. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.