Ink Review - Diamine Tobacco Sunburst Ink

Hello, Chrissy here again and today I’m reviewing Diamine Tobacco Sunburst ink.  

This ink is another one of the Diamine Guitar range of inks that were designed to represent Gibson colours for their Les Paul guitars.

There are five inks in the series, and they were all exclusive to Germany until January 2019. Now they are in the Diamine standard series of inks available from Diamine and many other retailers.

Diamine Tobacco Sunburst is a light yellowish brown, tobacco coloured ink. It’s not saturated and exhibits some nice shading. I found I didn’t have many inks in this colour range, so it’s quite an unusual shade. It lacks the red of Cherry Sunburst and the slight warm red/gold of Desert Burst. It leans more towards the grey/green side of the colour spectrum than the red side.

I found the flow good with the Parker Ellipse, maybe slightly on the dry side with both Lamy pens. Lubrication was smooth across the page while writing with the Parker’s 18ct gold nib, but I would have preferred slightly more lubrication with the Lamy steel nibs as I could hear more feedback than when I wrote with the Cherry Sunburst and Desert Burst. 

It was a well-behaved ink. There was not much show through or bleed through on most of the regular papers I tested it on. 

While I was writing with the Parker Ellipse with M nib it dried very quickly, within 5-8 seconds on my Clairefontaine Triomphe writing paper, and on several of the other papers I tested it on. Once dry it didn’t smudge or smear. 

It didn’t suffer from any hard starts or non-starts when I put the uncapped pen down to do swab tests, dry times and water resistance.

It easily washed off of my hands with soap and water and it easily flushed out of my converters and pens just using water. Non staining.

It’s not a waterproof ink, but exhibits some water resistance.

Available in 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic bottles


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