Manufacturers since 1864, Diamine Inks relocated to this purpose built ‘state of the art’ factory in Liverpool in 1925, where they successfully carried on using the traditional methods and formulas for ink production. Over the years the company has changed hands and are now located close to the world famous Aintree Race Course
Diamine Imperial Blue was first produced in 2005 as a limited edition to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Writing Equipment Society. This first batch had a special 25th Anniversary silver label as well as the usual Diamine label. A year later, at the end of 2006, the ink went on general sale but still labelled “WES” for “Writing Equipment Society”. From what I see now it’s called just Imperial Blue.
Anyway the ink is quite vibrant violet blue that’s quite pleasant to look at. I haven’t experienced any flow issues or other misbehavior. In finer nibs the ink will look much less saturated. If you enjoy blurples this one won’t disappoint you.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
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