Diamine Grey and Noodler’s Gray review (my way)

Diamine Grey and Noodler’s Gray review (my way)

I don’t do very often reviews, because first of all I am not a professional but simply an enthusiastic that loves to scribe doodle and sketch with almost everything passes in hand.

This time I’d like to share what’s behind my review: I’m simply thinking to make sketching outlines with a grey ink instead of using a black ink. It happened make some sketching, with full colors, watercolors washes and so forth, where no matter the thickness the line, it looked to me that the black line was simply too much.
In few words, I’m thinking about using greys (or grays in american…) for outlining the sketching from time to time. Doing so not to have a pencil like line, but simply a more delicate line.

Luckily I know already Goulet Pen Company, where I can order ink samples. And that’s fantastic. So I ordered the Diamine Grey and the Noodler’s Lexington Gray. Plus two more ehehehe 🙂

I did like that

  • I used my favorite dip pen for writing and quick doodling
  • I made deliberately some smudging with a cotton tipped bud so to test the smearing and the water resistance.
  • If I feel comfortable from the first second  of inking the page it’s okay.

Here the pictures of the samples made on SeaWhite of Brighton All-Media Sketch Pad. I tried to make my best for the rendering on computer display  these fabulous inks.
Greys review 01


Greys review 02

Diamine Grey: Very fluid and a gorgeous fantastic color. It’s not a washed black nor a medium hardness pencil grey. It looks to me like a pearl grey, very pleasant for the eye. Writing for that is clear from the very first moment that can be an elegant experience.
I think that it will be great ink for fountain pens per Diamine tradition.
Not that water-resistant, smears, but it’s not written anywhere smear proof or water proof, and probably is not meant for that, but just for a great and pleasant writing. Probably also pleasant sketching. No smell.

Noodler’s Lexington Gray: A great hue of grey, like a light slate grey. darker than the Diamine. It’s like a good darker grey as per a well sharpened medium soft pencil.
Also this one is very pleasant for the eye, more bold and visible.
It’s completely waterproof, bulletproof as stated in the specs. Tested also in a piece of paper under the tap. Great behaviour in this meaning.
Smears a bit, just a bit but always less than Noodler’s black (at least less visible) but I think is because this paper.

My conclusions: I prefer the Diamine Grey for the color. Simply stunning and not too light. I think is a great writer. At the opposite if you want something waterproof this could be not your ink.
I prefer Noodler’s Lexington Gray for the water resistance. It’s a bulletproof gray and probably for artistic purposes is better if you want it. It’s a bit thicker than Diamine Grey.
The color is darker than I was expecting but nothing bad, absolutely! Probably other people likes it more, and I know people crazy for this ink.

What to buy? I’m still undecided! The best should be both, but we are on world crisis, yo know.
If I have to choose by the color, personally I will go for Diamine Grey without any doubt. If I have to choose the water resistance I have to go for the Noodler’s Lexington Gray.

I will let you know, or more probably you will discover in the next posts which will be my choice.

I hope this post will help you, let me know your comments!

5 Replies to “Diamine Grey and Noodler’s Gray review (my way)”

  1. Hi, Stefano,
    I use the Lexington Gray a lot and love it! Grays are wonderful to get a softer feel on the page!

  2. Fabulous. I like to go over my sketching sometimes with watercolors so bulletproof is important but that Diamine Grey is absolutely gorgeous. I think Lexington now and Diamine later. Thanks Stefano

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