De Atramentis Gold Ink Review

Everybody needs ink with a little bling every now and then. Whether you're signing your Vegas marriage certificate or sketching the piles of money that you plan to make by selling the epic novel that sits unfinished on your desk, there's no better color than gold to emphasize extravagance and luxury. De Atramentis Gold may just be the color that's worthy of illustrating your imagined success.

De Atramentis Gold looks like liquid gold on the page and is somewhat thicker than typical fountain pen inks. This is hard to see with a finer nib, but it's obvious with my Pilot Parallel. While most inks fill in the channels left from the serrated edges of the Parallel's nib, De Atramentis Gold stays in place, leaving noticeable stripes on the page. The ink dries in less than 40 seconds with a fine nib, which is longer than a typical dry time of 20 to 30 seconds. This probably isn't going to be an everyday carry ink, so a longer dry time isn't a detriment.

I chose De Atramentis Gold to review this week since I've grown a bit bored with traditional colors. I can't say that I plan to use it daily, but I was pleasantly surprised by the ink's true golden color and solid performance. All kidding about extravagance and luxury aside, this ink is an excellent inexpensive choice if you're looking to give one of your prized pens the Midas touch.


  • Dry Time: Less than 40s
  • Wetness: Medium
  • Shading: High
  • Feathering: Low
  • Saturation: High


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