About Van Dieman's Ink
Van Dieman's Ink is an Australian company in Launceston Tasmania. These high quality fountain pen inks have been tested for viscosity and flow quality and are suitable for all major brands of fountain pens, and are also suitable for dip pens and brushwork. Unlike other major brands, Van Dieman's Inks are produced to lack the acrid or pungent smell often associated with fountain pen inks, while maintaining a high quality, smooth flow, light and age resistance and deep vivid colours.
Van Dieman's Ink is an affiliate of JINHAO Pens Australia, which is also Australian owned and operated, and retails the high quality Fountain Pens produced by JINHAO. Our water based fountain pen inks are mixed utilizing a method that maximizes colour longevity, improves flow viscosity and generates a sumptuously enjoyable writing experience, but also avoids the unpleasant acrid smell that fountain pen ink is generally well known for.
In line with our own love for this great state of Tasmania, Van Dieman's Inks try to encapsulate some of the natural beauty this land has to offer. Each of the dozen colours on offer is designed from and named after a location, natural aspect or product of Tasmania. From our best-selling "Devil Black", an aggressive little ink with an equally notorious namesake, to our majestic, well cherished and protected "Styx Valley Forest Green", to our chilled and serene "Freycinet Aquamarine" and our deliciously tempting "Tamar Pinot Noir Wine Red", Van Dieman's inks are both a cut above the rest and a step outside the norm.
Be adventurous and explore the possibilities these inks have to offer.
- Devil Black
- Bass Straight Cobalt Blue
- Bay of Fires Red
- Apple Island Green
- Leatherwood Honey Amber
- West Coast Sunset Tangerine
- Tasmania Robin Pink
- Tamar Pinot Noir Wine Red
- Tasmania Vine Purple
- Freycinet Aquamarine
- Styx Valley Forest Green
- Wattle Yellow
- Oakwood Brown
- Cradle Mountain Grey
1. Devil Black
Van Dieman's Devil Black is a rich and decadent midnight black with royal purplish hues in bright light, just like our own Tassie Devil. This ink really bites the page and flows sumptuously from nib to paper. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this scary little bottle of attitude.
Van Dieman's Bass Strait Cobalt Blue is a deep and stormy ink, with much to say about the treacherous waves that separate the two islands of this southern land. The Bass Strait, with a dark and tumultuous reputation, gives its hue to this ink, which is somewhat darker and deeper than most blues, with even a hint of indigo-violet. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this salty little bottle of turbulence.
Van Dieman's Bay of Fires Red is a hot furnace of colour. The Bay of Fires, in Tasmania's rugged north east, was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux, when he sailed the Adventure past in 1773 and noticed the great number of Aboriginal fires. Today, the bay is best known for its Orange-Red stained granite stone which decorate the pristine white sandy beaches and illuminate red in the sunset light. This ink, rather than imitating this colour, aims to encapsulate the adventurous spirit of Tasmania. It is more vivid than the average red, with subtle hints of tangerine and magenta. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this little bottle of adventure.
Van Dieman's Apple Island Green is a fresh and juicy ink that is bound to keep the doctor away. Taking a bite out of this ink will give you a taste of the cool crisp, pure air and fertile rolling countryside that Tasmania has in reserve. This ink will flavour your pages as sweetly as its namesake pleasures your palate. This is definitely a softer, lighter green. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this crunchy little bottle of local produce.
Van Dieman's Leatherwood Honey Amber takes its colour and name from, as any true Tasmanian Apiary will tell you, the best darn honey in the world. The blossoms of the leatherwood tree, which only grows in Tasmania, produce a honey rich in flavour and aroma, deep in colour and high in sticky viscosity. This ink's vibrant amber hue and smooth sumptuous writing feel match its namesake well. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this sweet little bottle of deliciousness.
6. West Coast Sunset Tangerine
Van Dieman's West Coast Sunset Tangerine is a stunning and outstandingly vibrant orange, with plenty of inspiration from the vibrant and dazzling hues one witnesses in the furthest western regions of Tasmania, on those wild and woolly beaches, in the late, late evening of a south sea summer. With subtle hints of magenta and mustard yellow, and guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this brightly hued little bottle of radiance.
Van Dieman's Tasmanian Robin Pink is a bubbly and effervescent ink, halfway between a hot pink and magenta. Named after the Pink Breasted Robin of Australia's Southern Regions, this ink takes on a more playful, lighthearted part in Van Dieman's otherwise more wild and majestic inspirations. Bound to stand out as boisterously on the page as its namesake does in the wild and guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this chirpy little bottle of vivacity.
Van Dieman's Pinot Noir Wine Red is a smooth, mellowed ink with flavours of plum and cherry and a touch of an oaky finish. Tasmanian Pinot Noir is renowned for its subtlety and delicate palate, owing to the cool, mild climate of the region and the high quality soil. The Tamar region, in particular, has some outstanding examples of this fine varietal. This ink takes its warmer, duskier red hue, with hints of royal blue and chocolate brown, from this pleasing local produce. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this luscious little bottle of intoxication.
9. Tasmania Vine Purple
Van Dieman's Tasmania Vine Purple is a deep and sumptuous purple, bordering on violet. The Tasmania Vine, which bears fruit of the same, deep rich purple hue, gives this ink its colour. This purple is dark enough to use even as a blue substitute. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this little bottle of royalty.
10. Freycinet Aquamarine
Van Dieman's Freycinet Aquamarine is a serene, tranquil blue, named after the mountainous, coastal national park on the far eastern coast of Tasmania. Freycinet beach, with its gentle azure waters, pure white sand and forested mountainous backdrop gives the impression of a tropical paradise to match any in the northern states. This ink takes its caerulean hue from this remote and untouched haven. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this colourful little bottle of tranquillity.
11. Styx Valley Forest Green
Van Dieman's Styx Valley Forest Green is a deep, darkened ink, with a moss and foliage hue. The Styx River Valley, in south central Tasmania, is an old growth forest, often named The Valley of the Giants, as it is home to Australia's tallest trees and the tallest flowering trees in the world. The sense of ancient reverence that this hallowed place instils is the inspiration for this arboreal ink. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this organic little bottle of wilderness.
12. Wattle Yellow
Van Dieman's Wattle Yellow is a bright and vivid colour that gives a luster and freshness to the page in the same way our own national treasure colourfully livens up the bushland and street sides that is grows on. This is definitely on the brighter, whiter side of yellow and almost disappears in direct sunlight. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this sweet and delicate little bottle of Australian flora.
13. Oakwood Brown
Van Dieman's Oakwood Brown is a warm and nostalgic ink, which reminisces of Tasmania's Victorian heyday and the plethora of deciduous trees planted in her many pleasure gardens. These still decorate the city streets each Autumn with rich reds, golden yellows and luscious browns that make up this hue. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this crunchy little bottle of local produce.
14. Cradle Mountain Grey
Van Dieman's Cradle Mountain Grey is a wild and rugged ink, modelled on the hue of its namesake, high in Tasmania's northern wilderness, reflected in the serene waters of Lake St. Clair. With subtle hints of umber and mottled green upon its slopes, this imposing tone will dominate its surroundings. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this crunchy little bottle of local produce.