Diamine Ancient Copper is one of the inks that I heard of or discovered fairly quickly after joining the fountain pen community. This is for good reason. Like Iroshizuku Kon-peki, it has a loyal, vocal following. After trying the ink out for a while, I'm one of them.
This isn't my first Diamine ink, but it is the first that I've reviewed. For me, reviewing the ink was a piece of cake because it behaves so well. When looking at inks, you're looking for any characteristics that might make it undesirable in certain pen or paper combinations. With Ancient Copper, if you like the color, the rest is history.
First off, like most Diamine inks, you can buy it in three sizes. There's a large 80ml bottle that will last you a long time, a smaller 30ml bottle if you want to try it out, and standard international short cartridges.
I like that Diamine offers a nice range of sizes with their inks. Sometimes you don't want to dive in with a full-sized bottle of something you may not like.
Now, how does this ink perform? Remarkably well, but let's get more detailed than that.
The ink shades fairly easily and looks beautiful on the page. Anything from a German fine nib and up will allow the ink to show its true shading capabilities, and that's something you don't want to miss out on. In my opinion, it's one of the best attributes of the ink.
It's well-lubricated and easy flowing — I'd say it's right in the middle of the scale. Even in my "dry" pens, it never has any issues with flow.
It's extremely easy to clean out of the pen. It washes out in just a few quick flushes. This is on par with other Diamine inks I've tried, so that's no surprise here.
Dry time actually surprised me. Within 2 or 3 seconds, smudging was almost undetectable. Sure, your mileage will vary based on what pen and paper you're using, but that's still really impressive.
There isn't a noticeable sheen once the ink dries, and it dries to a matte color. If sheen is your thing, this ink won't impress you.
But, I'd wager that most of us are here because of the color of this ink. Ancient Copper is such an apt name — I don't think they could've done any better with this one.
It's a reddish-brown that resembles a lighter oxblood color. It's dark enough to still be quasi-professional, yet extremely interesting on the page. When I swatched the ink with a swab, you can see that red is a dominant color, but the brown that pools in the darker areas is what gives it life. Overall, I'm completely in love with the color, and I can't see myself taking this ink out of my regular rotation for a very long time.
If you're remotely interested in red-brown inks, Ancient Copper should be your first stop. It's a fantastic ink, and definitely worth checking out. And, you can even choose between an 80ml or 30ml bottle, or cartridges depending on what pen you want to use it in. Very impressive ink, and I highly recommend it.
(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)