I am so happy that someone decided to order this bespoke ink from Diamine and that Diamine seems to have decided to include this in their regulars (that according to a discussion at FPN) and sell it through their website.
(As usual: click on pics to see them in a bigger size).
A bespoke colour that seems to be on its way to be one of Diamine’s regular inks – thanks to the person who ordered this ink and to Diamine that provides this to its other customers.
Pens used : Stipula Ventidue (22) with a 1.1 mm italic & Yard-O-Led Viceroy Victorian with a broad nib.
Paper: Ordinary 80 g copy paper.
Colour: This is a very special colour – it is somewhere on the verge between violet and purple. It is muted, but not dull – more like a gleaming, dark amethyst.
(Remembered that I had this silver ring with a raw amethyst. Danish design from the 1960’s – got it from my mother who bought it then.)
It shades in a rich, beautiful way – from medium pale to very dark amethyst violet-purple. This shading makes the amethyst perfect for use in a broader nib and/or italic/stub. The colour is original and I like it very much. Its non bright colour makes it suitable for most purposes, maybe with the exception of more conservative office use. In all: an original and beautiful ink that it is a pleasure to write with.
Comparison with other purples/violets
Compared with Diamine Damson, Diamine Imperial Purple and Pilot Violet.
Flow & lubrication: The flow is very good – I’ve not experienced any clogging problems. It is nor wet or dry. The lubrication is good, but not extra ordinary. It doesn’t add smoothness to a toothy nib, but it doesn’t make a smooth nib more toothy. One could say that its lubrication is neutral.
Feathering, bleedthrough and water resistance: The feathering and the bleed through is minor on most fountain pen friendly papers. On this copy paper it is slightly more than minor, but it is not a problem if you don’t deep study it.
The amethyst isn’t a water resistant ink, but I’ve done two water tests. Above I did a minor water test by stroking the alphabet with a dampe/fairly wet towel. Below is a water test where the paper was put under a running tap for about 1 1/2 minute and then patted semi-dry with household paper and then left to dry. The amazing amethyst seems to be even less water resistant than its fellows, but I think it would handle a spilled glass of water quite well – if patted dry fast.
In all this is a very beautiful and pleasant ink that I really like to use – especially in broader nibs that do it justice. In a narrow nib its exquisite shading doesn’t show properly, but it is nevertheless nice in a narrower nib too. One of my current favourites. Another thing I like is that Diamine sells this ink in small, cheap 30 ml bottles – easy to try – and one can put it in a glass bottle if one doesn’t like the plastic bottle it comes in – and use the plastic while travelling.
You can read another great review of this ink at FPN – here .