Diamine China Blue goes down on the page dark and wet at first before drying to a pale, less saturated shade. There isn't much shading visible even on the colour swatch. It reminds me of Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue. I am realising that I need my blue inks to be more interesting and special than any other colours with the exception of black. Somehow a prefectly serviceable blue feels utterly boring to me. Diamine China Blue is one such blue.