Diamine Inkvent 2022 – Day 4

I was almost positive today’s ink would be dull in comparison to the last two.

Today’s door opening! *drumroll*……….

Day 4’s ink is called “Spruce.”

I tested, as per usual, using a borosilicate glass dip pen in a Maruman Mnemosyne notebook. The paper in the Mnemosyne is good for sheening inks but isn’t as thin as Tomoe River, making it easier to use a sharp glass pen.

Handwriting in a dark blue-based green ink on white paper that reads "Day 4: Spruce." To the right of the writing lays a small square bottle with a metallic green label that reads "Spruce" in silver script under the diamond Diamine logo.
This ink was more wet, which is why the strokes are almost as thick as Yule Log. Text reads “Day 4: Spruce” in my blocky handwriting. The test splotch at the end looks like a straightforward pretty green ink.

Spruce is a lovely blue-based green ink that writes deliciously on the paper. It is also SCENTED, and it is AMAZING. (I know the bottles actually say what they are on the sides, but I avoid looking at those indicators so I can have the surprise of it, and this surprise was a winner.) It’s a really well-done fir/spruce scent.

It’s a wonderfully wet ink that is still easy to control, which means it didn’t spread as well as Yule Log when I was making the splotch. However, it’s still a joy to use, and there’s a tiny bit of shading in there to make the ink unique.

A splotch of fountain pen ink in shades of saturated midrange green. In the upper left there is a handwritten capital E.
A closeup of the ink splotch, showing off the shading and some rogue bits of shimmer.

The ink flows nicely, but you can see in the above splotch that I still left a few glass nib marks. I also apparently didn’t wash the glass nib enough and left some shimmer. There’s actually none in the ink itself.

A splotch of fountain pen ink in shades of saturated midrange green. On the upper right is a blurry, upside-down letter E.
Another closeup from a different direction, showing how the shading changes slightly.

There’s some subtle shading in the ink that I had a tough time capturing in photographs. It’s a really wonderful green either way, though.

This one is definitely a winner. I’ll probably put this in one of my regular pens sometime in January, see how it works.

Next up: Day 5!

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