Ink Review: Cult Pens Deep Dark Purple (Diamine Exclusive for Cult Pens)

Cult Pens Deep Dark Purple is one of the 6 inks in the “Deep Dark” range that are made exclusively for Cult Pens by Diamine Inks.

Deep Dark Purple is a saturated dark purple ink that exhibits some shading as well as an attractive green sheen when used in a wet pen on smooth paper. I found it flowed well with the pens I tried it in, felt quite wet, and it’s lubrication felt nicely smooth across the page.

My review was written on 100gsm smooth, coated, paper and I saw no spread, show-through or bleed-through. It dried after 16-20 seconds on this smooth paper. 

Fairly easy to clean from pens. May need several hand washes to remove from hands.

Availability: Available in 80ml and 30ml bottles plus International sized cartridges from Cult Pens web-site

  • Flow Rate: Good – quite wet
  • Lubrication: Good – felt smooth across the page
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Very saturated
  • Shading Potential: Some shading seen with F nib.
  • Sheen: Green sheen seen especially on Tomoe River paper.
  • Showthrough seen on a couple of papers, but I could still easily have written on the reverse.
  • 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 – easy clean-up
  • Staining (hands): This is a hand stainer. Use several washes of bar or Lava soap
  • Clogging: Not seen.
  • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows some water resistance.

Cult Pens Deep Dark Purple

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