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Manufacturers since 1864, Diamine Inks relocated to this purpose built 'state of the art' factory in Liverpool in 1925, where they successfully carried on using the traditional methods and formulas for ink production. Over the years the company has changed hands and are now located close to the world famous Aintree Race Course



Tyrian Purple is named after a reddish-purple dye made in Tyre, Phoenicia, from sea snails. Huge numbers of snails were collected and boiled in lead vats. The dye was meant to mimic clotted blood, and it was available mainly to the rich.

I used to like this ink but nowadays, I don't think it's particularly good. It lacks saturation. It feels dryish in certain pens. Sure, drying time is reasonable and it doesn't clog the pen.


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Thanks for your review, Vis. Like you, initially I thought this ink was OK, but that changed the more I used it, and now I dislike this ink. The colour is not pleasant and it feels horribly dry in every pen I’ve tried it in. It’s a shame because the idea of mimicking Tyrian dye colour is potentially a good one.

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Maybe Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeuax is a better option to cover this colour range?


Thanks for the frank reappraisal :)

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Funny, I’ve grown out of love with this one as well. In this range, I much prefer (the, sadly, more expensive and LE) MB Saint-Exupéry.

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And as a rebuttal, I love the color of Tyrian Purple. And I don't mostly like the "burgundy" inks I've tried.

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Thank you for the honest review. Yes I find Tyrian Purple dry in some pens too. To even out the shading and make it write more acceptably for me, I use it in a Lamy Safari 1.1mm.

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Thanks for the review and to be frank, I guess I'm an oddball here because I have disliked it enough (on the screen) in the first place so that I've never yet intended to buy it. I do love the idea that it is/was -- as already mentioned above -- purported to be an extraction of some snails for the rich but it still looks too phoney, too chalky and/or creamy instead of something else that's much more strong and intense. Moreover, it's too red for me. I need more bluishness.



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Interetesting, the whole reason I like this ink is because it isn't saturated, and it shades, I never thought it would present itself as anything else. I can't say I have noticed a dryness to it, I use it in my Esterbrook pens predominantly which generally have a medium wetness to them, as well as a Pilot Metro. For me it behaves as expected of Diamine's non-saturated inks.

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Great review, Vis! Of the inks in this general color range, this isn’t one of my favorites.

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I tried this ink in a Goulet Random Sample Pack and was quite underwhelmed. It was too dusty-looking. Looks great in the splatters, but never got much of those dark bits when writing. Once again, a great review though!

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Ooh, lovely color. Something I can use when I don't want to lay down some eye-searing color, and look at that shading. This goes in my wish list.


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