Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set – Dahlia

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I will admit I am confused by the naming of this one. I have been open about lacking knowledge when it comes to plants and flowers, so I assumed dahlia would be green in colour, or at least some of the variants. I looked at 12 pages, some 220+ different plant options on the Royal Horticultural Society shop website, and yet the closest I could find was the Tsuki-yori-no-shisha below and that is probably a cream flower with the green being a reflection of the stem. Fortunately a further search showed me there were green ones out there, though not available for purchase in the UK. I did ask a friend who is a keen gardener and he mentioned dahlias do come in every colour bar blue, however the green ones tend to have very little contrast with the foliage around them.

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Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set – Buttercup

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As mentioned in my group review of this ink set, Cult Pens have gone out to create through Diamine a unique set of inks for this set. Now with buttercup we finally have a flower I know and can almost recognise. To me buttercups mean summers when I was young and farmers were more open to letting families use their fields for picnics.

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Cheap Chinese Originals

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Let’s be blunt. China has a bad reputation in the pen world for supplying little but cheap blatant clones. It is not the only country to do this, but it is the main offender. This is what spurred me to write my articles on UK sold fountain pens for under a fiver and the follow up post. Recently Ania over at Penchantink has reviewed three Chinese originals, each costing under a fiver. She has now leant me these pens, so here are my views.

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Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set – Snap Dragon

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From my group review of this ink set, and my write up of Orchid, I gave the impression that all of the Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set inks are pastels. This is not so and here we have a bold colour to put me in my place. Now once more those of you of a horticultural bent may ask me what variant this ink is based on. I struggle to keep potted herbs alive, however a quick Google does show pictures of many Snap Dragon flowers of this sort of shade.

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Stipula Etruria Magnifica Miele Selvatico 1.1

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This is not the first Stipula I have tried, after all I reviewed my personal Etruria Faceted a couple of years back. Their lack of presence is noticeable, not only in the UK, but do a search and you will struggle to find any of their present range of pens available to buy in Europe as well. So what has happened to this Italian pen maker and why am I reviewing one of their present models of fountain pen.

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Cult Pens Diamine Flower Inks Set – Orchid

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As mentioned in my group review of this ink set, Cult Pens have gone out to create through Diamine a unique set of inks for this set. Which variant of orchid this ink is based on I am not sure as there is a considerable range and confession time, I am not a horticultural person. What we have is a pastel pink with little out there to compete with.

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Pens that make you go Oooh

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OK, let’s be honest. Most of us have pens in our collection that we know we should really get rid of, but which visually appeal too much. The works of art, the bright coloured ones, fountain pens with glitter and glow. We are all guilty of this, so when I grabbed a number of pens I keep out but use little, little did I realise quite how many pens I have that can fall in to this bracket.

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ScriBo Verde Mediterraneo

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Back when I reviewed Blu Capri I mentioned how it nicely represented the turquoise waters off the shore of the aforementioned island, well here we now have an aquamarine to represent the early evening waters around the Adriatic coast. Once more we have an interesting and appropriately coloured ink from Scrittura Bolognese.

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