Purple may not be considered an everyday color, but there is no denying that it adds a beautiful richness to a page full of writing. This mysterious hue is often associated with royalty, luxury, wisdom, and even magic. It also symbolizes independence, wealth, and power. This color has been admired throughout history, and it continues to be a popular shade for fountain pen users today.
If you’re a big fan of this shade but you’re not sure where to start with purple fountain pen inks, then this list is perfect for you. Here are the top 5 purple fountain pen inks that you can try:
With so many shades of purple out there, it’s best to start with one that is a standard purple — not too blue nor too red. Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu fountain pen ink is a great purple to start with in your pen. Like many of the fountain pen inks from this line, Murasaki-shikibu performs well with an easy, wet flow. In some pens that tend to lay down a lot of ink this might run too wet, but in most pens it will do nicely.
You’ll notice some shading in this ink, which is usually more pronounced with broader nibs. This ink also has a pretty good dry time at about 10 seconds, making it perfect for left-handed writers. While there is no feathering or bleeding with this ink, it does tend to show through, so bear that in mind when choosing which paper to write on.
#2 - Kaweco Summer Purple
If you prefer purple shades that lean more towards eggplant hues, then try Kaweco Summer Purple fountain pen ink. Those who are familiar with Diamine inks may consider this like a less saturated Diamine Purple Dream. This is another ink that dries relatively quickly, making it great for fast writers or lefties.
This dark, muted, plum can almost look black at its full strength depending on the nib and paper that you use. It doesn’t have too much shading, but there is still some color variation with wider nibs. Summer Purple has an average flow that doesn’t run too wet or too dry. If you’re looking to add a nice eggplant shade to your purple collection, this is a great choice.
One purple ink that definitely wants to be seen is Diamine Purple Pazzazz. This purple fountain pen ink is loaded with gold shimmer that looks simply gorgeous on paper. It is a well-saturated ink that flows well, even in standard nibs. However, to get the best out of its shimmering qualities, it’s best to use fatter, wetter nibs.
There can be a little bit of bleeding on different fountain papers when using this ink with a flex nib, but it also performs well with narrower nibs. Remember to exercise care when using inks this shimmery and clean your pens out often. If you prefer silver shimmer in your inks over gold, then swap this out for J. Herbin 1798 Amethyste de L’Oural fountain pen ink.
Some purple inks appear differently on certain papers than others, and this is very much the case with Rober Oster’s Purple rock. This mesmerizing grey-purple ink shades beautifully and is a great addition to your collection if you want a more muted and mysterious purple hue.
Writers who prefer wetter and smoother-feeling inks will love this option. It works well with all nib sizes and various papers, and like most Robert Oster inks, it behaves quite well with little to no feathering or bleedthrough on fountain pen-friendly paper like Rhodia. If you prefer a tinge of grey to your purple inks, then you might just love this one.
Last but not least is another fast-drying purple option from J. Herbin: Parfum Violette fountain pen ink. Not only is this a quick-drying ink that is great for left-handed writers and those who like jotting down notes, but it is also waterproof. This ink has a great flow, allowing your nib to glide across the paper. It is also saturated enough for what is considered a lighter purple. Some shading is also visible, though not as prevalent here as with other purples.
This ink also has the added bonus of being wonderfully scented, which contributes to a more pleasant writing experience. You will be able to smell a slight floral scent on your pages for up to several days after writing.
The Bottom Line
Whether you like royal violet hues or slightly more muted plums, there is purple ink out there for everybody. The rich and vibrant color adds character and a beautiful touch to any piece of writing that you do.
Happy inking, and happy writing!
Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting