Diamine Grey

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 Grey is, in my eyes, one of the best choices for people who would luike to try grey ink. It’s dependable, easily obtainable and cheap. It behaves really well on most papers (almost no feathering on crappiest paper – Moleskine) and remains legible. It has some interesting shading going on. As the ink dries (it happens quickly) the color lightens but the dark shadows remain visible. Usually where the ink pools at the end of a line. While it’s neutral grey I wouldn’t call it flat. It’s rather enjoyable ink.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Software ID

Color range

Tomoe River, Caran d’Ache, broad nib

Leuchtturm 1917 – Kaweco AL Sport, broad nib

Moleskine, Caran d’Ache, broad nib

No-name notebook manager, Kaweco Classic Sport, B

Water resistance

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