When I plucked Diamine Blaze Orange out of the Parcel of Possibly Purple Ink Samples, I (i) breathed a sigh of relief, and (ii) decided to use my modern Parker Duofold Centennial. A friend had been talking about the modern Duofolds, and mine has a killer medium stub that I love to use with orange inks.
Diamine Blaze Orange turns out to be a gorgeous orange ink with beautiful yellow shading. It flowed nicely and started up perfectly. It resisted feathering well on very poor paper. It’s bright enough for editing or brief notes, but not one of those horrible eye-searing oranges. The shading is subtle and gorgeous.
Here’s a writing sample on white paper. Words and music by Warren Zevon.
And here on Tomoe River paper.
This is my favorite kind of orange ink. In fact, it looked uncannily similar to my actual favorite orange ink, which is Caran d’Ache Saffron. Take a look here. Or if you’d like to see Saffron in this exact same Parker Duofold, you also can look here.
Caran d’Ache Saffron is no longer available, though you can still buy the very beautiful Caran d’Ache Electric Orange, which I love. But I think Blaze Orange may be closer to Saffron than Electric Orange is.
One of my favorite things about Diamine is how Diamine sometimes just happens to come out with an ink that’s very similar to one from a more expensive ink maker. For example, Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock is no longer available. But then Diamine came out with Diamine Burgundy Rose, which, as you can see here, happens to be very close to Alfred Hitchcock. Thank you, Diamine.
Here are swabs of Caran d’Ache Saffron and Diamine Blaze Orange.
This could totally be a coincidence. Diamine Blaze Orange has been out for a long time. But it’s a fortunate coincidence for ink lovers.
Let’s talk price. Another great thing about Diamine is its reasonable prices. Checking the Diamine website, I see that a 30 ml bottle of Blaze Orange is £2.67 with VAT included. For we Americans, that converts to around $3, or 175 Russian Rubles.
I don’t think Diamine Blaze Orange is identical to Caran d’Ache Saffron. I’ve compared a lot of inks, and even inks that look very similar usually have different dyes. But it’s really close on paper, and that’s what I care about. I can’t think of a reason people shouldn’t try Diamine Blaze Orange.
Yes, I have an orange crush. Where has Diamine Blaze Orange been hiding all my life? It’s been undercover, I guess, lost in the supermarket of Diamine’s amazingly comprehensive array of inks. But this ink deserves the spotlight.