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Van Dieman's Underwater - Abyss - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Abyss - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Abyss - Fountain Pen Ink

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*We have reformulated Abyss and it now has a better flow quality with less feathering, bleed through or ghosting, without sacrificing colour depth.

Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

This Ink is based upon the Abyssopelagic zone, the 4th oceanic zone, and is the point were the ocean floor flattens out after the continental drop. It resembles a dark and mysterious level in which all lifeforms take on wonderful alien-like abilities and traits. Absolutely no light reaches this region and we have utilized a high concentration of a unique Indian dye to make this ink our most saturated black yet.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Bioluminescence - Shimmer Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Bioluminescence - Shimmer Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Bioluminescence - Shimmer Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

Bioluminescence is named after the phenomenon of an incredible blue glowing algae that blooms regularly around Tasmania. This ink is a rich dark blue ink that appears black on almost all papers, with an outstanding red sheen that almost outshines the undercolour on acid free papers, and vibrant blue shimmer. The saturation, under hue, sheen and shimmer combine to become a complex multilayer ink that mimics the appearance of bright blue glowing sea shimmer on a dark blue near-black ocean reflecting the last red light of dusk.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Blue Ringed Octopus - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Blue Ringed Octopus - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Blue Ringed Octopus - Fountain Pen Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

The Blue Ringed Octopus is the most venomous creature in the world, living in the rock pools and shallow waters of Tasmania, and smaller than your hand. Usually a well hidden light brown, it shows off distinct bright blue rings all over its body when threatened. These rings are so bright that they are almost luminescent and often have red around the edges. This ink is our most saturated blue ink to date, with a magnificent red sheen on most paper types.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Deep Sea Diver - Shimmer Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Deep Sea Diver - Shimmer Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Deep Sea Diver - Shimmer Ink

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*We have reformulated Deep Seas Diver and it now has a better flow quality with less feathering, bleed through or ghosting, and also now with a more saturated base colour, which now has a very slight sheen.

Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

The vintage diving suits, worn in a bygone era, are the inspiration for this dark grey-brown ink with bronzed shimmer.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Fire Coral - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Fire Coral - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Fire Coral - Fountain Pen Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

This ink has been long in the making and Van Dieman's wanted to show it off in the best stinging way possible. Fire Coral is a venomous coral that produces a fire like sting. The color of this coral is a very morose dark red. Van Dieman’s has been working on a dark red of this hue for a very long time now, and achieved it by using a single specific Indian dye at extremely high saturation. This is our darkest, most saturated, most vivid dark red to date.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Ghost Ship - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Ghost Ship - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Ghost Ship - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Ghost Ship - Fountain Pen Ink

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*We have reformulated Ghost Ship and it now has a better flow quality with less feathering, bleed through or ghosting, and we have substituted one of the dyes used, which now produces a slightly more noticeable sheen, and reduces the inky smell in the previous formulation.

Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

Ghost ship is a highly saturated ink, combining two high quality dyes to create a deep, dark true Indigo, and a rusty sheen on good quality paper.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Moon Jellyfish - Shimmer Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Moon Jellyfish - Shimmer Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Moon Jellyfish - Shimmer Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

This ink represents the beautiful moon jellyfish that lives in the north Atlantic Ocean, where they thrive. They have a very pretty distinct color that ranges from light blue to bright pink. This ink is a true pink, with both pink base colour and pink tinted shimmer.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Neptune's Necklace - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Neptune's Necklace - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Neptune's Necklace - Fountain Pen Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

This colour is based upon the oddly shaped seaweed of the same name, resembling a beaded necklace as it grows along the sea floor. This ink is a sumptuous olive-green bronzed honey colour, a deeper version of Peanut Brittle from Harvest. This shades well and flows smoothly.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Parrot Fish - Shimmer Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Parrot Fish - Shimmer Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Parrot Fish - Shimmer Ink

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Reformulated and Improved

2022 sees a complete reformulation of the entire Underwater Series, utilizing new technology and higher quality ingredients, keeping the same beautiful colours, inspired by the colours of our planet's oceans, seas and rivers. All our reformulated inks now contain a minimum of 95% Australian ingredients and are, as ever, handmade in micro batches in Launceston Australia. Our reformulated inks now have better flow, less feathering and bleeding, and higher quality dyes. We have also minimized the number and quantity of additional chemicals added, and all our dyes and additives are approved for food and cosmetics. Give your pen a try of the new reformulated Wilderness Series.

Parrot Fish

Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 
The Parrot Fish is one of the most colourful fish imaginable that live in our oceans, and it was the inspiration for this bright and bubbly ink. This ink has a perfect turquoise base colour and a vibrant purple shimmer.

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Ink Data

Surface Tension: 43.9mN/m


What is this?Surface Tension affects the flow of an ink through a pen, and how quickly it is absorbed into paper. Ink with a high surface tension generally flows and dries slowly, while a low surface tension causes faster flow and dry time, but can cause ink to gush, and also feather or bleed. Water has a surface tenstion of 72mN/m. Most inks are in the range of 40-60mN/m



pH: 7.6


What is this?The pH of an ink defines it's alkalinity or acidity. The pH is important for the dye in the ink to achieve the correct colour. Inks with a pH between 6.5 and 8.5 are generally neutral and safe to use in all pens.



Saturation: Light to Moderate


What is this?The saturation of an ink is the percentage of pure dye content in the mix. Generally but not always, higher saturation increases sheening and decreases shading, while also improving flow wetness but causing slower drying time. Very light inks can have as little as 2% dye content, while extremely saturated inks have upwards of 20%.



Sheen: Very low to None


What is this?The sheen of an ink is the secondary, often shiny colour that appears when the ink is swatched heavily or pools in script. The sheen colour depends on the specific dyes in the ink, while the intensity depends on the saturation of dye. Some inks will never sheen, while some will sheen on almost any paper in any amount.



Shading: Moderate to High


What is this?Shading is an ink's ability to create a range of different tones, from light to dark, depending on how heavily it wets the page. Generally but not always, inks with a lower saturation of dye are more effective at producing shading effects, but the kind of dye used also impacts this.



Shimmer: Moderate to High


What is this?Shimmer is a pigment added to inks to create a sparkly effect. There are a wide variety of shimmer forms and colours, each with its own qualities. Most inks contain no shimmer, and those that do can contain shimmer in differing quantities. Highly shimmered inks do carry the potential of clogging pens, especially ones with finer nibs. Van Dieman's only uses extremely high quality shimmer pigments that lower (but do not completely remove) the risk of this.



Flow Wetness: Moderate


What is this?This, quite simply put, is how well an ink flows through a pen, but also dictates how quickly an ink will seep into a page. Flow is affected by both the surface tension and saturation of an ink, but also by other additives such as humectants and surfactants. Inks with a high flow wetness can sometimes, but not always, feather and bleed more than other.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Royal Starfish - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Royal Starfish - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Royal Starfish - Fountain Pen Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

We wanted to create a high saturation sheening purple, and this ink is it. A bolder, deeper, more saturated version of Tasmania Vine Purple from the original series but sporting a bright green-gold sheen on good quality paper, Royal Starfish is named and designed after the bright and beautiful sea star of the same name.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Dragon - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Dragon - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Dragon - Fountain Pen Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

This is a beautiful lime green, named after Tasmania’s own Leafy Sea Dragon, native to our waters. This ink is lighter than the other greens in our collection, and our first true lime green.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Shell - Shimmer Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Shell - Shimmer Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Shell - Shimmer Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

This ink is a bright and colourful addition to our range of shimmers. This is a light beige-orange ink with a unique orange-red shimmer, reminiscent of sparkling sunlight dancing on shells tossed in the swell of the beach.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Turtle - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Turtle - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Turtle - Fountain Pen Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

This Ink is Van Dieman’s highest saturation green to date, with a gorgeous red sheen appearing on almost all paper types. Slightly on the cool side, almost a verdant green, and named after one of our own personally most loved ocean creatures.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Urchin - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Urchin - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Sea Urchin - Fountain Pen Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

This is an incredibly unique ink – a dark magenta, appearing black in all but the lightest applications, but with an extreme green sheen that shows up on almost any paper, or any material at all for that matter. This is due to the intense saturation of two separate Indian dyes used in this ink. Sea Urchin is an excellent and curious alternative to everyday black.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Sunken Treasure - Shimmer Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Sunken Treasure - Shimmer Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Sunken Treasure - Shimmer Ink

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*We have reformulated Sunken Treasure and it now has a better flow quality, and less foaming, feathering, bleeding and ghosting.

Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

This color is based upon an old lost treasure chest, barnacle-covered and almost ruined from water damage, lying discarded on the ocean floor, and brimming with ancient loot. It is a softened mauve color with dark bronzed shimmer.

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Van Dieman's Underwater - Twilight Zone - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Underwater - Twilight Zone - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Underwater - Twilight Zone - Fountain Pen Ink

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Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date. 

Just below the sunlight zone, where very little light reaches, the twilight zone still mystifies scientists as they still have not discovered most of the sea life in this zone. This is the older, bigger brother of Blackened Seas from the Midnight Series, with twice the saturation and sheen.

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