This is the sixth in this batch of ink reviews, for Diamine 150th Anniversary Silver Fox ink.
I’m not sure if the name of this ink is meant to evoke the animal or the older gentleman, but it works either way. While an ink that looks exactly like the metallic silver would be too much to expect, this is probably as close as it’s possible to get.
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 Silver Fox ink colour.
The test pen in this case was the Pilot MR Silver (of course) with a medium nib.
This ink showed some water resistance, leaving very faint lines, but water drops obliterated text easily. Cleaning the test pen was easy. Drying time was quite quick at around 15 seconds.
Rhodia Dot Pad No 16
This is an unusual silvery grey colour, on drying it’s quite like a graphite pencil. No smudging that I could see on this paper.
Ryman Memo Block 9cm x 9cm
A little darker on this paper, and on looking again I see a little feathering.
Quite light on the Post-It – not great to my eye.
Field Notes – Pitch Black
Okay performance but too faint.
Mnemosyne Word Card
This came out quite light compared to some of the writing samples.
There is a lot of variability here between the different writing samples. Overall the this ink performs well, my only problems with it is the colour. Grey ink hold no attraction for me, and this one hasn’t changed my mind.