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Diamine Honey Burst Ink Review & Giveaway

Diamine Honey Burst Ink is a recent release from Diamine’s new Guitar Series. The new Diamine Guitar Series includes five colors named after the famous and very collectible Gibson Les Paul Guitars. First produced by Gibson in the early 1950’s many Gibson Les Paul Guitars, including the 1959 version, now sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Diamine Ink Company originally produced a new series of inks based on the finishes of the iconic guitars, but the series’ release was limited to the German market. That is until demand forced the company to reconsider.

Now Diamine Ink Company is allowing all its retailers, including Pen Chalet, to sell the new Diamine Guitar inks to the US market. The set includes Diamine Honey Burst, Cherry Sunburst, Desert Burst, Tobacco Sunburst, and Pelham Blue. During the Pen Chalet ink review, we found that the Diamine Honey Burst ink is a nice, soft, honey-orange color. It’s quite pleasing and surprisingly dark. The light honey color is unique and inviting. Diamine Ink Company is very prolific in its ink creations, which isn’t surprising since they have been around since 1864. All Diamine inks are made in the UK.

Continue reading for a chance to win the bottle of Diamine Honey Burst ink we used for this week’s Pen Chalet ink review.

Diamine Honey Burst Ink Review

Diamine Honey Burst Ink Review

During Pen Chalet’s review of Diamine Honey Burst ink, we found the following characteristics that you may find helpful when purchasing your next ink:

Testing Factors

We used a J. Herbin glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper for our review of Diamine Honey Burst ink. The glass dip pen has a dip that is similar to a fine-medium fountain pen tip. Please note that different pens and paper will produce different results.

Bottle Size

Diamine Honey Burst ink comes in a large 80 ml. glass bottle. The distinctive bottle is made just for Diamine, with the custom design allowing users to place it on multiple sides to collect every last drop of ink. The bottle has a smooth medium sized lid. All Diamine guitar series inks are also available in a smaller 30 ml. size plastic bottle. You can also order Pen Chalet’s 4 ml. sample vial if you’d like to try it before purchasing the full-size bottle.


Diamine Honey Burst ink retails in the USA for $15.00 for the large 80 ml. glass bottle and $7.50 for the small 30 ml. plastic bottle. The price point makes Diamine Honey Burst ink a very reasonable, and even economical ink purchase.

Dry Time

During our review of Diamine Honey Burst ink, we found the dry time of approximately 6-7 seconds reasonable. Anything under about 10 seconds makes the ink functional as an everyday ink option.

Bleed Through

During our review of Diamine Honey Burst ink, we found absolutely no bleeding using Rhodia paper. Even during our cotton swab test where we place a large amount of ink on paper, there was no bleeding.


During our review of Diamine Honey Honey Burst ink, normal use resulted in no feathering at all. Our water test did result in some very slight feathering, but this is not unusual for non-waterproof ink.

Water Test

We ran a soaking wet cotton swab over a sample of Diamine Honey Burst ink for about 3 minutes. The water test resulted in light yellow color smearing, very slight feathering, but no bleeding. The lines remained very legible throughout the water test and did not fade away.


With the right penmanship and writing instrument, Diamine Honey Burst ink shades wonderfully with colors ranging from a darker burnt orange to a light soft yellow-orange and a few muted shades of orange in between.

Conclusions about Diamine Honey Burst ink

Diamine Ink Company has been producing high quality, low priced inks for over 150 years. The Diamine Guitar series of inks sparks our imagination of Rock and Roll’s birth and heyday with its Les Paul Gibson Guitar inspired ink colors. Diamine Honey Burst ink is a beautiful dark orange shade that has some nice shading ability and reasonable dry time. If you are like most, you will want all 5 Guitar ink colors from this well regarded Diamine ink series. Happy Writing from the UK!

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27 thoughts on “Diamine Honey Burst Ink Review & Giveaway

  1. Rachel McNulty

    I love this color! I have been really into branching out and trying colors I wouldn’t normally use in a pen.

  2. Sara Hagen

    this ink looks similiar to mont blanc’s le petit prince and fox. however it’s lighter in color and would be a welcome addition to my ink collection.

  3. Margot C

    Still hooked on the J Herbin Cacao du Brésil though I would welcome an analysis of a range of brown and sepia inks.

  4. Colton H.

    Nice color range. Energetic, yet modest. I tend to use darker inks, but this might make a pleasant exception.
    Would you consider reviewing some inks in the Nagasawa Kobe or Kyoto TAG lines?

  5. Beth Fralix

    Perfect fall colour! I can’t wait for the tree leaves to turn this
    Colour & more in the next weeks!! God Bless & the Love of Christ to you all!!

  6. Annie

    Love this burst of happiness! Looking for a good lemon lime color ink with some sheen or shimmer quality. Would love it if you can review one. Also any one of Monteverde’s new sweet life inks.

  7. Pebbles Cruz

    I’ve always thought the Diamine X Les Paul inks would be “browner” in color – definitely need to get hold of the series now!

  8. Ron Parish

    As always, I would like you to review some of the old established inks such as the offerings from Waterman, Parker and Sheaffer.

  9. Amber

    I’m very curious to see a Ferris Wheel Press Ink review – I have not seen very many thus far and the Tanzanite Sky or the Grape Ice Pop are appealing. My current favorites are Vinta Sikatuna Sandugo, Organics Studios Walden Pond, and Diamine November Rain.

  10. Stephanie PM

    My all time favorite is Noodler’s Navajo Turquoise. I’m on the search for the perfect golden brown and this might be it


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