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The good people of r/fountainpens - a fountain pen community on Reddit - reached out to our friends at Diamine if they would be up for a challenge. Could they make an ink purely voted for by the community?
This was a chance for us dreamers to have a go at designing our own ink. Imagine the warm fuzzy feeling when you ink up your favourite pen with something you made happen... Fountain pen mega star Stephen Brown has had his own ink made and finally it was our time to shine.
First up - Name and colour. Voting and comments got pretty heated - as you can imagine ink discussions do :)
The 'Earl Grey' name was submitted by our pen club friend Daniel, so we were rooting for him; also it is a pretty cool name. Over 3000 votes were submitted, 1000+ people selected colour Grey. Only about hundred votes separated the winner Grey from Gold and Teal (maybe next time).
Diamine then got to work and provided few swatches which we voted for too.
Two months later a brand new baby ink came into the world. Welcome Diamine Earl Grey :D
Grey is a fantastic ink to use - you won't find a regular ballpoint/rollerball in such colour. Diamine Earl Grey is not too loud, so it can be used for almost everything. Very universal, slightly understated, but certainly not boring. Those purple accents are really eye catchy, especially on white paper :) They do take a while to come out - we had to re-take the photographs because the colour has changed over night. The flow is very good, it is certainly not dry. Earl Grey shades extremely well. This ink is not waterproof or water resistant. We could only see a little bit of sheen on ink drops which were done on Tomoe River paper.
The more I use it the more I like it (especially when inked in purple pen = match made in heaven).
Please click on images below to see all the details.
This ink will be available soon in Diamine's 80ml bottles. The packaging has a secret message printed inside the box regarding the Reddit community.
Big big thanks to Diamine for helping making our dream come true. We feel very privileged to be able to review it before release. Very well done to r/fountainpens Reddit community - you people made this possible! :)
I hope that Diamine Earl Grey will become a household name and will establish itself in Diamine's already very successful line-up.