Today I'm reviewing Diamine Violet ink.
Diamine Violet is a typical violet purple that leans slightly more blue than red, but is a really attractive colour. It’s an ink from the standard Diamine ink range.
Compared with some other lavender/lilac/violet inks it’s a more saturated ink than it first looked, and it can show plenty of shading with fine or medium nibs. I found it flowed well with all of the pens I tried it in, felt slightly wet, and it’s lubrication was really nice and smooth across the page.
My review was written on coated printer paper, that isn’t very absorbent, and I saw no spread or show-through. The lines were crisp and it dried quite quickly for this paper.
On Field Notes paper it didn’t spread or feather, but I saw some slight show through and bleed through. However, writing on the reverse side of all of the papers I used would be perfectly acceptable as show-through doesn't look as bad on paper than when it is scanned and shown on screen.
Violet is not sold as a waterproof ink but showed some water resistance.
- Flow Rate: Good - quite wet
- Lubrication: Good - felt smooth across the page
- Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
- Start-up: Immediate.
- Saturation: Saturated
- Shading potential: Shading seen with F & M nibs
- Sheen: None noticed.
- Oxford paper
- Silvine Notebook (not much)
- Rhodia Graph (not much)
- CiaK by InTempo
- Field Notes
- Hobonichi Techo paper
- Tomoe River 52gsm paper
- Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen on any paper I used, even Field Notes
- Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the pen
- Staining (pen): Not seen after several days - very easy clean-up
- Staining (hands): Easy clean-up off of skin with bar soap.
- Clogging: Not seen.
- Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows some water resistance.
- Availability: Available in 80ml and 30ml bottles plus cartridges from Diamine Inks web-site and many other outlets.