A little bit of history OK, relax, we’re not going to relate the whole natural history of flora. Let’s stick to the inks. Diamine released a box set of inks inspired by flowers a few years back, and it was a hit, with shades like Pansy and Cornflower continuing to find new fans even now. So, quite reasonably, Cult Pens thought it would be a good idea to commission a sequel.
How it looks These are packaged in ten square-ish bottles.
How it arrives In a box, naturally enough. This is perhaps a bit predictable, but it’s easier to manage than a flower-pot.
Crucially, how it writes… Not too wet, not too dry – but some of this set are a bit low on saturation, so be warned.
Ink! What is it good for? Drawing, we think; given the pallor of several of these inks they look better suited to illustration than correspondence.
VFM £60 for ten small pots of ink is a fair bit, so the full set is probably one for hard-core floristry fans. Others may prefer to await individual refill pots and pick just the colours which really do it for them.
The only way is ethics Made near Liverpool by a firm we can trust to behave, and packaged in old-school materials, this scores highly.
If this isn’t quite your cup of tea, but almost… Go for the original Flowers box set, which has a rather more robust range of colours.
Our overall recommendation If you find yourself lusting after the pale and mysterious inks which many Japanese brands indulge in, without the instant penury a large collection of those might inflict, you could do a lot worse than try a few horticultural doodles with this box set.
Where to get hold of some Only from Cult Pens
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Thanks to Diamine for the samples