This is the fifth in this batch of ink reviews, for Diamine 150th Anniversary Safari ink.
The name “Safari” suggests the khaki green colour of the ink. Googling “Safari Green” yields a few close matches to the colour.
The ink cost £7.75 (including VAT), for a 40ml bottle, from a UK supplier, which along with the other inks in this series I would class as moderately priced.
I gave descriptions of the box and bottle of the 150th Anniversary series in my review of Diamine Anniversary 1864 Blue Black Ink, so I won’t repeat them here. The only difference is that the backgrounds of the box and bottle labels are a close approximation of the Safari ink colour.
The test pen in this case was the Pilot MR Black with a medium nib.
This ink showed minimal water resistance and water drops obliterated text easily. Cleaning the test pen was more tricky than other inks in this series, but I wouldn’t describe it as difficult. Drying time was around 20 seconds.
Rhodia Dot Pad No 16
The ink gives a really nice shading effect from almost black to dark olive green. Not usually my favourite colour, but in this case I really like the effect. Still a bit of smudging, but I’m sure I’m looking too hard and would probably of overlooked this in my earlier reviews. Overall a good performer which would be suitable for personal note taking.
Ryman Memo Block 9cm x 9cm
Very similar performance to Rhodia paper – good overall.
Coverage is a little patchy on this paper.
Field Notes – Pitch Black
Not bad at all on this paper.
Mnemosyne Word Card
A good hint at some of the shading possible with this ink.
This is another good ink in this series, and one I can see myself using again as a note-taker. It’s dark and subdued enough not to shout out of the page, so is suitable for longer note-taking sessions.