Ink Review: Diamine Scribble Purple

A dark purple ink from the standard range, Diamine Scribble Purple was chosen and named by the Fountain Pen UK community on Facebook in a survey co-ordinated by Bernard Gomes.

Scribble Purple is a very dark almost black Imperial purple type shade with a heavy gold sheen. It was quite wet while writing, and felt smooth and lubricated on my Xerox ColourPrint laser 100gsm paper. When writing with broader wetter nibs, it is very dark indeed.

Scribble Purple is a very saturated ink and can show through on some cheaper papers.

The gold sheen is more noticeable when writing on smooth papers with pens that have broader, wetter nibs.

  • Flow Rate: Good – quite wet.
  • Lubrication: Smooth.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Very saturated.
  • Shading Potential: No shading seen with such a saturated ink.
  • Sheen: Gold sheen noticeable with some pen/paper combinations.
  • Show-Through:
    • Clairefontaine Matris notebook
    • Oxford 80gsm lined pad
    • Rhodia Dot Pad
    • Tomoe River 52gsm paper
    • Tomoe River 68gsm paper
    • Maruman Mnemosyne pad
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after over 1 week in the pen.
  • Staining (pen): I cleaned out the converter with sudsy water.
  • Staining (hands): It took 3 washes to get my fingers clean.
  • Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
  • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows a little water resistance.
  • Availability: Available from Diamine Inks web-site and many other outlets worldwide.

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