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Platinum Classic Ink - Lavender Black Iron Gall

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#1 julia239

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 19:17

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Lavender Black is one of the six colors in Platinum's new Classic Line of iron gall inks.  The press release for the Classic Line says that they placed emphasis on shading and the color change "with the aim to enhance the joy of using fountain pens."  Each color is meant to start bright and then fade/darken to black over time.
I didn't see a significant color change with Lavender; it does change, but it is slight and happens fairly quickly.  I didn't realize it was happening at first because my hand was casting a fairly dark shadow over my writing & by the time the shadow was off, most of the color change had already happened.  Over the next few days, there was a slight darkening, but it remains the color in the review.  (I never saw the somewhat electric purple in the color swab under the bottle in the promotional image.)
There is some fairly significant color variation between pens, which I am somewhat at a loss to account for.  I know it looks like the MB on Tomoe River had water in it, but I had been using for a while before that; that combination just didn't show well.  The very dry Vanishing Point also didn't seem to bring out the best in the ink.
Overall, I found Lavender Black to be most pleasing on more absorbent paper, like Rhodia, with wetter and more flexible nibs.  

 

 

 

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Writing Samples on Rhodia Dotpad

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Writing Samples on Clairefontaine Triomphe

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#2 Tasmith

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 19:29

Awesome review!



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 19:37

Very nice review. I might enjoy this one. Do you have other colors - I'm especially curious about Khakhi and Citrus.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 19:43

I never wanted to get a whole serie of ink just because they were in "a set",  but this one.....I like & want all of them!!  

Thanks for your comprehensive review!  The comparison done with different pens is especially informative.  Btw I love your handwriting  :wub:



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 20:09

Oh my, look at the shading on that.  I may need it. (And I need an IG ink for our ink-a-week series.) :) Thanks!



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 21:41

Very nice review. I might enjoy this one. Do you have other colors - I'm especially curious about Khakhi and Citrus.

 

 

Unfortunately I don't have Khaki or Citrus.  I purchased Cassis and Lavender at a small show & then Vanness gave me a free sample of Sepia.  The Khaki looked okay, but I thought the Citrus looked like a very dirty yellow, as if someone didn't clean out a pen before inking up with a perfectly nice yellow.  Even though I know others will like it, it was not a color for me.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 22:01

After a previous review I thought that the Cassis was the must-have ink, but now it is the Lavender. It's got to be one of the two. Hmm! This one? Or that one? I hate choices.

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 00:13

Great review!

 

Now that a little while as passed, did it darken?


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 01:10

The color is kind of pretty, but it will be interesting to learn whether it darkens or fades over time.



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 01:23

This one looks very nice (although I'm not sure where they got the name from -- I think of "lavender" as being more of a blue-leaning color than a red/pink-leaning one.

Thanks for the review.  And not.  The spreadsheet of inks I want to get is growing longer and longer....  :headsmack: 

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 02:22

 

 

Unfortunately I don't have Khaki or Citrus.  I purchased Cassis and Lavender at a small show & then Vanness gave me a free sample of Sepia.  The Khaki looked okay, but I thought the Citrus looked like a very dirty yellow, as if someone didn't clean out a pen before inking up with a perfectly nice yellow.  Even though I know others will like it, it was not a color for me.

 

I saw Sepia on Platinum's website and it looks interesting, like aged-faded Iron Gall from several hundred years ago.



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 08:01

Very nice review. I might enjoy this one. Do you have other colors - I'm especially curious about Khakhi and Citrus.

 

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 10:24

Lovely review, thanks! I appreciate the thoroughness of multiple pens on multiple papers.



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 14:42

Great review!

 

Now that a little while as passed, did it darken?

 

Not noticeably.  I keep hoping, but so far, it is very stubborn.  I did wonder if the paper choices might be affecting it, so I did another set of tests on some OCM paper (and on stone paper just to see what would happen).  I'll post them after the weekend.



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 14:46

This one looks very nice (although I'm not sure where they got the name from -- I think of "lavender" as being more of a blue-leaning color than a red/pink-leaning one.

Thanks for the review.  And not.  The spreadsheet of inks I want to get is growing longer and longer....  :headsmack: 

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Their names seem to be more interpretive than descriptive. Maybe something got lost in translation?



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 15:37

Thanks for another great review. I like the colours in this set, and am seriously considering getting all of them (that would then also be the first IG inks in my collection).



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 19:42

Great review with all those different pens~!



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Not noticeably.  I keep hoping, but so far, it is very stubborn.  I did wonder if the paper choices might be affecting it, so I did another set of tests on some OCM paper (and on stone paper just to see what would happen).  I'll post them after the weekend.

 

 

It may take years.  We look forward to seeing them in action.  Thank you.


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Posted 31 March 2017 - 22:39

This is a very interesting set that Platinum has created. When I first saw them at La Couronne du Comte, I didn't think they were very appealing. The more I see them, the more I like them...to the point that I am considering buying the entire set. Thanks so much for the review, Julia! Iron gall inks are sure growing on me.

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 04:20

I'm surprised by how much sheen one could get from it when laid thickly on paper:

 

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