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De Atramentis Olive Green


It's been an age since I reviewed a De Atramentis ink. According to the blog, the last one was in October of 2013. Whoa. Well, it's about time that De Atramentis made a comeback to the blog.

This ink is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, the color and the flow are great. It looks awesome on the page, and I don't think I have anything else like it. On Rhodia, it shows all of the colors of green olives (except for those super-bright green ones my wife likes). It shades in a way most other inks can't really touch.

On the other hand, though, it preforms pretty crap on regular paper. It bleeds, it feathers, and it spreads. Boo. That kinda takes it out of the rotation for me unless I'm going to be doing a lot of Rhodia-writing.

So, is that a deal-breaker for you?

Written Review


I mean, the shading on this ink is fantastic, and it flows really well in my Wahl-Eversharp Skyliner. That's a reasonably wet pen, but this ink really goes.

If only the below weren't true...

Ink Comparisons

I've seen online that there's a J. Herbin ink that is pretty close to this one, but I haven't used it yet. Also, Rome Burning is kinda close. It is more golden or yellow than Olive Green, but it's close-ish. Olive Green is less gross, though. 

I know this isn't a Levenger review, but I had to show a close-up of this Pomegranate bit. So much sheen from this all the time.

Copy Paper Test

Not great. Probably the worst performance I've seen in a long time.


Water Drop Test and Video Review

This is an unusual ink, and if it's what you've been looking for, then you're going to have to go to Goldspot to find it, I think. I got the original sample from Goulet Pens, but they don't seem to have it any more. I've never bought anything from Goldspot before, but I've heard good things about them. It goes for $15.95 per 35ml bottle.

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Anna said...

I love De Atramentis inks, but they are the worst on copy paper! They bleed and feather more than any other brand of inks I've tried. But they have great colors, and their inks always flow extremely well in every pen I own, so as long as I'm using good paper, I'm happy! I haven't tried this one, but I definitely want to now! Thanks for your review!

Mike Matteson said...

You're welcome! I've actually got a bunch of them to try out in my rack. Time to get on that. Poor, left out brand...