I’ve had this sample bottle of Diamine Kelly Green set aside on my desk for months with plans to be “my next ink review”. Since December. Well, here it is. Finally.
Diamine Kelly Green is a vivid, bright green with distinctly yellow undertones. For me, this means that in light strokes or fine nibbed pens, the color is in that “sweet spot” of lime, citrus-y green that I love so much. For someone else, it could mean a bright green that has gone decidedly off.
In my Noodler’s Ahab fountain pen with the flex nib, there was a lot of shading in the writing. Some might think too much shading as the top, lightest part of the strokes is a very light yellow-green while the down strokes are a clover green. It makes readability a bit iffy.
With a regular stiff nib, the ink is much lighter overall. More Kool-Aid Limeade green than a true Kelly green.
I quite like the color that results from using this ink with a fine or medium nib as it goes decidedly lime. However, if you are looking for a bold true green, this will not be the one for you.
Diamine Kelly Green is available by the bottle for $12.95 and samples are $1.25.
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This is my favorite green that I have repurchased sample 3 times in the past year (maybe I should just get a bottle). And I love your writing sample with the flex nib, I never got that with the pen I have used ( I have only tried it on fine and extra fine nibs, on which it already shades really well).
Ok, so you got me to buy a Monteverde (twist my arm) so what pen did you use for this review? Thx
what’s the pen on the bottom?
That’s a Pilot Prera!
Thank you! Ana, it’s a beauty! The hunt begins! Great blog. Bamboo forest is now also on the wish list.
That Prera is available through JetPens.