Akkerman 28 Hofkwartier Groen Ink Review

Part 2 of the Inks From Atlanta tour I’m embarking on. This one is the Akkerman 28 Hofkwartier Groen that I’ve heard many positive reviews about. Number 28 is my first bottle of Akkermann ink and I still have it inked up from the Atlanta pen show enjoying it.

I added the bottle opening diameter because some smaller bottles will not allow certain large pens to get a full fill because the nib and section will not fit inside the bottle. That wouldn’t rule out the ink but it would force you to a syringe type fill into another container. No problem here at all with the 1″ + opening of the Akkerman bottle.


The Akkermann bottle is beautiful, another one almost like an antiquity or art that really should be appreciated sitting out on a shelf or a desk. I need to study up on the ink exposure risk to lighting over the long haul or is it a myth that it’s harmful.

Akkerman uses a rubber washer for sealing which serves its purpose very well but I found that it sticks to the lip of the bottle and removal usually results in inky fingers. It would be less messy if it stayed with the cap which I think is the design intent. In my practice it just didn’t work.

The bottle is the type where you turn the sealed bottle upside down which fills a reservoir at the top of the bottle so your nib can go deep enough for a fill. This helps you get the nib deep enough to fill when the ink supply gets low and shallow in the bottle. Without this second reservoir some bottles are hard to fill from without resorting to a syringe to extract the last bit of ink. The Akkermann implementation of this dual chamber works great.

Sheen & Shading

The green is light and bright. You won’t mistake it for any other color. I don’t see any other tone or color coming out of it even with the big Col-o-Ring swab I brushed on. There are several good tools online to compare the color side by side.

The only other green I have is my favorite Diamine Delamere green which is much darker.


This is a saturated but light colored ink. I will keep it even though my personal favorite green will lean more towards the darker tones. The properties of the ink gave me no problems at all and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another bottle of Akkerman.

Writing Samples

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Diamine Cocoa Shimmer Ink Review

Readers of my little space in the blogoshpere probably don’t come here for ink reviews.  My few ink reviews are few words. I like this ink, I don’t like this ink is about the extent of it. I know there are many more properties to an ink that are important to a lot of people and I have some really esteemed colleagues that write about them and give a lot back to our community in that area. I’m publicly thanking you Inkdependence :). Today I’m typing out one of those short ink posts as I begin working on reviews of some of the treasures I picked up at the Atlanta Pen Show.

I have been intrigued throughout the past year with some of the boutique multi colored inks that sheen and shine different colors or shimmers of gold. The most talked about was probably J. Herbin’s 1670 Emerald of Chivor, though I learned researching for this post that they have a whole line in that series including Rouge Hematite, Bleu Ocean, Stormy Grey and Caroube de Chypre that sit alongside Emerald of Chivor.

I like all the J. Herbin inks I have tried but I seem to have an affinity for Diamine inks, mainly because of their color selection. I’ve never had a bad experience with ink, or at least any that could be attributed specifically to the ink.  After trying at least one bottle of all the major brands, and yes I paid $32 for Edelstein Smoky Quartz (uuugggh!), my staple inks will probably remain Diamine.

Diamine jumped into the game with their shimmer inks a little while back with what they call their shimmertastic colors. Being the Diamine fan and not being able to find a bottle of Emerald Chivor at the show I picked up a bottle of  Diamine Cocoa Shimmer from the Andersons. The Cocoa is a brownish burgundy with prominent flakes of gold showing through. There is some feedback online that says the gold flakes could cause a bit more gunking problems with the pen feeds but I didn’t find proof in any review so I’m not sure if that is speculation or if there is evidence of it happening. I have not experienced that yet but I’ve only been a user for a couple of weeks now and I’m a well disciplined pen hygienist so I’m not too worried.

First thing I noticed is all the gold flakes resting at the bottom of the bottle:

I have read about this and yielded to the tip of shaking the bottle well to disperse the flakes throughout the ink so some of it gets into the pen.  I suspect these heavier flakes would be some of the basis for the gunking concern since they are particles that have a tendency to separate themselves from the liquid part of the ink.  I’m watching it closely in my pen.

Here’s the bottom of the bottle after shaken and dispersed:

I inked up my Ryan Krusac Legend with a full fill and I’ve enjoyed seeing the gold show through on almost anything I write on.  This is not a big shading ink despite the wide wet nib I was using but the character REALLY comes out with the gold flakes and especially when you move the paper around to let the light hit it differently. I also did not experience any more feathering or bleed through than normal. Overall a well behaved ink that gives me something more than just a new color shade. I’m enjoying it. Here are the samples I did:

For my next purchase I may try J.Herbin’s entry with the Purple Pizzazz. I’m a deep bright purple ink kind of guy so that one intrigues me. Until then I need to write more and enjoy all this ink.

What about you?  Any shimmering, glittery inks in your collection?

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