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Ink Swab: Diamine Sepia


Thank goodness for 30ml bottles of ink. We’re able to try out some colors before we commit to a big bottle. I tried out a small  bottle of Diamine Sepia a while back and was pretty pleased with the experience. I have this in my to-order list once I use up the small bottle. Oh no, I jumped ahead of myself. Haha.


This ink is a lovely shade of brown. Not exactly what I would use for daily writing because it’s an uncommon shade. This ink color is one of the best brown shades that I’ve used. It’s an old-timey sort of brown with gorgeous sheen. It truly looks like aged paper. When used on ivory-colored paper, the effect is so beautifully vintage-looking.


My only gripe about this ink is that it tends to flow a bit dry. It’s my first choice as the ink for my Edison Pearlette but it seems to show flow problems after writing two pages or so. It flows moderately wet with my other wet writers. Even if it’s on the dry side, I appreciate its beautiful color a lot. It dries in about 15 seconds, it’s not waterproof and not particularly water resistant either.

Here are a few closeups of the writing sample.


Y U Break My Heart?!


My absolute favorite ink with the Edison Pearlette is Diamine Sepia. I’ve been having so much fun with this pen and ink combo but I just recently noticed that when used for long writing, it tends to dry out. I thought something was wrong with the pen because the same thing happened when I loaded it with Diamine Macassar.

So I did a lot of troubleshooting on it. After a lot of flossing, flushing, soaking, soaping, and ultrasonic cleaning, the problem still persisted. I realized that after writing two pages, the feed begins to starve. I was getting ready to return it to Scribe when I thought…maybe I can try another ink with it? Something that flows wetter than the brown inks I tried?

So I loaded it with Bilberry and wrote two pages. Lo and behold, it wrote perfectly. This only meant one thing…Pearlette and Diamine Sepia…not an OTP. 🙁 (cue music…where do broken hearts goooo? can they find their way hooooome?)

I loaded the pen with Diamine Ochre and so far, so good. It writes superbly, except that it’s not Sepia. The color of Sepia is perfect for the color of the pen. I’m so saaaad. Oh well, pen geek problems. 🙁 I guess I’m just gonna have to find the perfect brownish-yellowish ink for it. Maybe Iroshizuku Ina-Ho? I guess I’ll find out when I get my order from Create Crafts. 🙂