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A Tale of Two Diamines + a Sale on Diamine Inks

Happy Friday! As always, we’ve been bustling here, and a few new products have been trickling through onto the website and in the shop. Caleb has learned how to climb onto chairs and then onto the kitchen table, so Jon has been hiding all of our chairs during the day. He’s basically smarter than the dog, now. I read that really intelligent dogs are a match for 2-3 year olds, but I think it’s official that our dog is not the sharpest extra fine point in the pen roll. He’s like a broad/double-broad.

I wanted to share a few snaps of some beautiful Diamine inks. This is all because:

  1. We’re looking ahead to the next few weeks as potentially halting the shipping of Diamine because of cold weather.
  2. We got a new shipment of Diamine and there’s lots of great stuff in it.

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Diamine Salamander

Can you believe this beautiful weather we’ve been having? We’ve been bringing the baby and pup to Trinity Bellwoods Park for some of our last days in the neighbourhood. The baby has been busy trying to crawl over and eat grass, while the pup has been standing guard over the food, just waiting for something to drop on the ground. I think he believes in a 0.0003 second rule, which is why he has to eat everything so quickly. Every day of this weather has seemed like we’re re-emerging from our winter cocoon. 

Diamine Salamander Wonder Pens

Back when we re-released Diamine inks to be shipped online (with the warmer weather), I had meant to do a bunch of Diamine ink reviews to celebrate, but I got as far as…one (Sargasso Sea) before life got a hold of me and I got distracted by everything else.

Salamander is one of Diamine’s newer inks. There are so many new pens and new inks and new seasonal notebooks, it’s hard to keep up with all of them! Salamander was released last year, and at that time, it was a bit hard to get stock from our distributor. In fact, we didn’t even release it online for a while because we had customers already lined up for the few bottles we could get in. Since then, of course, the initial excitement has died down, and our stock is a little bit safer.

Diamine Salamander with Platinum 3776 WonderPens.ca


The paper is Rhodia 90gsm, which has a bit of cream to it, and the pen is a Platinum 3776 – the broad nib shows a bit more of the shading. The colour has a bit of the grey in it, so it’s almost like a renaissance or vintage air. This would be a great ink for correspondence, especially on an ivory or cream paper.

Salamander is one of my favourite colours. I’m kind of a standard blue or brown person, but this is a warm type of brown-green that is perfect for spring. It’s not quite the bright pinks and turquoises that you might normally think of spring, but it’s an earthy type of spring.

If you’re looking for a black-green to be suitable for work, you might try something like Noodler’s Zhivago, which is more black with a hint of green. This is a bit more of a warm dark green-brown, definitely dark enough to be legible and “serious”, but not quite that office-black-or-blue.


Diamine Salamander Ink Review at Wonder Pens Diamine Salamander Fountain Pen Ink Writing Sample at WonderPens.ca

Here it is in a flex nib:

Diamine Salamander Ink Review From Wonder Pens

You can just barely see a bit of the shading because the nib is so wet – and the ink also looks a bit dark, almost black. But in a regular nib, the ink will appear a bit lighter, more green. 

Diamine Salamander Ink Review from WonderPens.ca


Like most Diamine inks, Salamander is pretty well-behaved overall. It’s not very water-resistant, but it’s easy to clean out of pens, flows well and smoothly, and doesn’t really feather or bleed. It’s a quieter ink, not too flashy, but it’s a good, reliable ink. You may not really notice it on first glance, but if you take a closer look, it has some depth and warmth that you don’t always find.


Diamine Ochre

Fall has definitely arrived! I missed out a bit on the back to school excitement – parents and kids and teachers all fresh and clean! Crisp air! School supplies! I think for all teachers, fall is one of the best times of year (it’s kind of tied up with why we got into teaching in the first place). I think everyone has a little bit of nostalgia for the fall – it’s your new start once a year, all through those formative childhood years.


I am normally not someone who matches ink colour to the colour of the pen. Actually, almost all of my pens are brownish/yellow or black…but I’m working on trying new things. I normally try to match inks based on the nib and the flow of the ink – shading inks in broader nibs, drier inks in wetter nibs.

However, with the fall comes fall ink colours. How can you resist?


Diamine is one of my favourite ink lines, although I’ve noticed I haven’t done a Diamine review yet! Their ordinary looking bottles are deceptive – and often new (and let’s face it, more experienced…) fountain pen users gravitate to the more exciting Noodler’s labels – because Diamine has some of the richest or most vibrant ink colours out there.

I think Oxblood may be our best selling red ink, I have been told that Ancient Copper is “the” best ink ever made, the list goes on. Back when Salamander was released last year, and we found out we would only been getting three (3!) bottles due to limited supply from our distributor, we had some unimpressed customers (we have more Salamander in stock now…).

One of my favourite Diamine inks is Ochre.


The paper is Rhodia 80gsm, and the pen is a “medium” Parker 51 – one of my first vintage pens, and one of my favourites.  

The ink is a wet ink, flowing well as most Diamine inks do, even good for slightly drier pens or finer nibs. It is not waterproof, or even water resistant – definitely not for the addressing envelopes.


It’s not a particularly fast drying ink, more on the long side, but not exceptionally so. Ochre will be good on most papers, although of course shading will show up best on higher quality paper. With lower quality copy paper or school notebooks, you may get a little feather or bleed-through, but for the most part, it’s okay.


This is a solid brown ink. It’s brown without too much green or red, although it has a hint of orange. It’s not a super dark brown-black, it’s definitely a brown and has some good shading – even better in a broader nib.