Van Dieman’s Night Vampire Bat Ink Review

Today’s Vampire Bat ink review features one of the newest ink releases from Van Dieman’s. Vampire Bat ink is one of the inks included in the January 2022 release of the Van Dieman’s Night Collection. If you haven’t yet tried Van Dieman’s inks, they have several great collections for your check out. For today, read on to see the results from the Van Dieman’s Night Collection Vampire Bat ink review.

All About the Ink Maker: Van Dieman’s

Van Dieman’s is one of the newest brands to join the family here at Pen Chalet. A fairly young ink company out of Australia, the company already enjoys quite a following in the pen and ink community. The introduction of the Night Collection marked their 8th ink series release. You can currently find 6 of the Van Dieman’s ink series at
  • Hollywood Series (retired)
  • Wilderness Series
  • Original Colors of Tasmania Series
  • Midnight Series (retired)
  • Tassie Seasons Series
  • Harvest Series
  • Underwater Series
  • Night Collection
We’ve got over 70 Van Dieman’s ink colors available, but this week’s ink is from their latest release, the Van Dieman’s Night Collection.

All About This Week’s Ink Series: Van Dieman’s Night Collection

This week’s ink, Vampire Bat fountain pen ink, is from the recently released Van Dieman’s Night Collection (which replaced the Midnight Series while also adding several all new ink colors). The new Night ink series contains 3 reformulated colors from the Midnight Series (the most popular inks in that series) alongside 13 new and interesting colors (including 7 shimmering inks) for a total of 20 Van Dieman’s Night inks. Some of the most popular ink colors in the Van Dieman’s Night series include:
  • Aurora Australis
  • Cherry Blossom Dream
  • Golden Orb (Shimmering)
  • Dawn
  • Dusk
  • Shooting Star (Shimmering)
  • Night Owl
  • and many others…
Check out the full list of inks available in the new Van Dieman’s Night Collection at

All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Van Dieman’s Night Vampire Bat Ink Review

Van Dieman’s Night Vampire Bat ink is a very dark blood-red/burgundy ink (as you would imagine being associated with a vampire bat). We enjoyed this wonderful dark color and found it a great choice as an everyday ink. ***Wondering where to find the giveaway for the inks in our weekly ink reviews? We used to run a weekly giveaway featuring each week’s ink, but now we have a monthly giveaway day that includes the inks featured in past reviews!  ALL of the inks featured in our weekly ink reviews are listed as giveaway prizes during 15 on the 15th: GIVEAWAY DAY with Pen Chalet.

It’s Time: Van Dieman’s Vampire Bat Ink Review

For our Van Dieman’s Vampire Bat ink review, we put this week’s ink through our standard ink review tests. The ink review results should give you a better idea of just what you could expect from this new release from Van Dieman’s Ink.
van dieman's night vampire bat ink review

Read the Vampire Bat ink review results – featuring one of the 20 fountain pen inks in the recently released Van Dieman’s Night Collection. (Released January 2022).

Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):

For our Vampire Bat ink review, we used a French-made  J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. The J. Herbin dip pen has a tip most closely comparable to a medium-fine fountain pen nib. As always, remember as you read this review and consider our review results that different papers or different nib sizes may produce different results!

What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Van Dieman’s Use for the Night Collection Inks?

Van Dieman’s introduced a new 50ml ink bottle alongside the releaes of their Night Collection, so your Vampire Bat ink comes in the new 50ml glass ink bottle. The new glass ink bottle is a heavy weighted, display quality, square bottle with a medium sized lid. The Night ink packaging is well designed, and consistent throughout the entire collection of inks. The packaging includes clear labeling with the name of the ink on on the bottom.

How Much Do Inks in Van Dieman’s Night Collection Cost?

Van Dieman’s Night inks are very reasonably priced for the larger capacity 50ml. ink bottle – particularly since these inks are imported from Australia. Look for the best price at

How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?

We use the 1-dip test to see how far one dip can write on paper (dipping the pen into the ink only once). Vampire Bat ink was able to write across the paper on all three writing samples and the color remained strong all the way to the end. (Using only one dip per writing sample “S” “X” and scribble lines, see the image above).

How Fast Does Vampire Bat ink Dry?

During our ink review, Vampire Bat ink showed a dry time of approximately 8-9 seconds with medium saturation, which is reasonably quick, and acceptable for an everyday ink.

Does This Week’s Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?

We saw no bleeding during normal use on Rhodia dot pad paper. We also saw no bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test.

Was There Any Feathering During the Vampire Bat Ink Review?

We saw no feathering during normal use, and only very slight additional feathering during the water test.

How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?

Van Dieman’s Vampire Bat ink is not actually a waterproof ink, so you may be surprised that we put it to a water test. However, if you’re a regular reader of our weekly ink reviews, you know we always put featured inks to the water test regardless of whether they’re designed to be waterproof or not. For the water test we let our ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before we run a wet cotton swab over the sample to observe the effect. Here are the results we saw during today’s review:
  • Heavy color smearing (typical for a dark ink)
  • Lines still legible with some very slight feathering
  • Slight line fading following the water test

Does Van Dieman’s Vampire Bat Ink Have Good Shading Traits?

vampire bat ink review writing sample ink splash color swatch

Vampire Bat ink is a dark red ink included in Van Dieman’s Night Collection. The new ink collection was released in January 2022.

Van Dieman’s Vampire Bat ink showed some shading traits from a deep dark red to a lighter shade of burgundy. Shading depends on your nib, ink flow, and penmanship.

Final Conclusion on Van Dieman’s Vampire Bat Ink:

This week’s featured ink is a very reasonably priced ink imported from Australia. The very nice, dark red color is appropriate for everyday use in the home or office for a variety of projects. We appreciated the reasonably quick dry time of 8-9 seconds combined with that deep dark red and medium saturation. One of the inks in the new Van Dieman’s Night Collection, Vampire Bat ink comes in the new 50ml. square glass Van Dieman’s ink bottle. Happy writing from Australia!

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