Today I’m reviewing a sample of Diamine Majestic Purple
It’s a nice purple colour, neither too red nor too blue. I would call it a lilac colour. While I was testing it, I found it had good flow. I didn’t see any spread or feathering, nor any woolly line.
It wasn’t really saturated but it wasn’t watery either. It had quite nice shading especially with the fine and medium nibs.
After leaving Majestic Purple in the pen for a couple of days it started to feel just a little dryer, on some papers. It also felt slightly less lubricated along a line than some inks. On the other hand the cap on this Waterman Preface pen doesn’t seal very tightly, so I believe the pen would start to dry any ink.
Diamine Majestic Purple is a similar colour to Lamy Dark Lilac, but is slightly less saturated. I could see the difference in saturation between them on the 1 pass swab test. Based on colour and performance, it would still be a good replacement for that ink though.
Overall I found it behaved well, and I like it.
Despite all of my best efforts with scanning and photos, this ink looks slightly more blue on screen than it does on paper. I tried my best to adjust it to perfect in Photoshop, but Photoshop wanted to be problematic.
- This isn't sold as a waterproof ink, and it has little or no water resistance.
- Bearing in mind the review form paper I use is thick with a quite shiny surface at 100gsm, and I used several different nibs, this ink took 14-15 secs secs to dry.
- No smear after dry.
- It exhibited good flow and I found it reasonably smooth to write with. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.
- It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic bottles.
- Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.
- It's a reasonable price.