Purple Fountain Pen Ink Comparison

Purple Fountain Pen Ink Comparison

Purple is the color of royalty, wisdom, magic, and mystery—a color used and revered around the world since the earliest days of ancient history. A blend of cool blue and warm red hues, it has a rich and compelling duality that imbues your writing with a feeling of passion and sophistication. Let’s take a look at our top purple fountain pen ink recommendations, then delve into an in-depth comparison of all our purple inks.

Top Choices

Best Overall: Noodler’s V-Mail North African Violet

Noodler's V-Mail North African Violet
Noodler’s V-Mail North African Violet

If we had to choose one purple ink to rule them all, this would be it. North African Violet is a nice true purple with exceptional water and highlighter resistance and a faster-than-average drying time. Its large bottle size (3 oz / 89 ml) add to its appeal as a one-size-fits-all purple. It also has an interesting backstory—part of Noodler’s “V-Mail” ink series, it is a reverse-engineered replica of a World War II era ink used by civilians to write encouraging letters to soldiers deployed overseas.

Also Consider: Kaweco Summer Purple

Kaweco Summer Purple
Kaweco Summer Purple

A duskier, more sophisticated purple, Summer Purple is perfect for anyone wanting a more subdued ink. It isn’t as waterproof as North African Violet, but it has enough water resistance for anything you write should remain legible enough to copy to a fresh sheet if it gets wet. It also comes in standard international short cartridges for those who prefer the compact convenience of cartridges.

Best for Work & School: Sailor Jentle Nioi-sumire

Sailor Jentle Nioi-sumire
Sailor Jentle Nioi-sumire

A soft, blue-leaning purple ink, Nioi-sumire offers a pleasant alternative to standard blue and black inks while still being appropriate for all but the strictest school or work environments. It dries quickly and performs well on a wide range of papers—an essential quality when you don’t get to choose the paper you write on. It isn’t waterproof, but like Summer Purple it has enough water-resistance that you should have no trouble copying any writing that gets wet onto a fresh page. It also has decent highlighter resistance, but if you plan on doing a lot of highlighting, we recommend looking at the next ink.

Also Consider: Diamine Imperial Purple

Diamine Imperial Purple
Diamine Imperial Purple

Imperial Purple is a beautiful and well-behaved royal purple. Its water-resistance is similar to Nioi-sumire’s, but it has exceptional highlighter resistance. It’s brighter and more obviously purple than Nioi-sumire, though, so it might not be appropriate for more conservative environments. Its 80 ml bottle size will last for reams of notes, and it’s also available in 30 ml bottles and standard international short cartridges.

Fast-Drying & Waterproof: J. Herbin Scented Violet Purple

J. Herbin Scented Violet Purple
J. Herbin Scented Violet Purple

One of our fastest-drying purple inks, Scented Violet Purple is perfect for lefties and for jotting quick notes in a pocket notebook. It’s also one of our most waterproof inks, making it great for outdoor writing or anything you want to protect from accidental spills. As an added bonus, it has a nice floral scent that lingers on the page for up to several days after writing.

Also Consider: Noodler’s Concord Bream & Noodler’s La Reine Mauve

Noodler's Concord Bream & Noodler's La Reine Mauve
Noodler’s Concord Bream & Noodler’s La Reine Mauve

Concord Bream is even faster-drying and more waterproof than Violet Purple, but there’s a catch—it’s one of the worst-feathering inks we’ve seen on just about any paper.

La Reine Mauve is just a bit slower-drying than Concord Bream and Scented Violet Purple, but it’s more waterproof than either. It’s also resistant to fading, UV light, and solvents like alcohol or nail polish remover. It doesn’t feather like Concord Bream, but it does spread slightly on the page, making your writing look about a size broader than other inks would from the same pen.

Comparisons

Caran d'Ache Ultra Violet

Diamine Amazing Amethyst

Diamine Bilberry

Diamine Claret

Diamine Damson

Diamine Deep Magenta

Diamine Grape

Diamine Imperial Purple

Diamine Lavender

Diamine Majestic Purple

Diamine Purple Pazzazz

Diamine Tyrian Purple

Diamine Violet

J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis

J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen

J. Herbin Scented Violet Purple

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

Kaweco Summer Purple

Monteverde Purple

Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape

Noodler's Concord Bream

Noodler's Eel Cactus Fruit

Noodler's La Couleur Royale

Noodler's La Reine Mauve

Noodler's Periwinkle

Noodler's Purple

Noodler's Purple Martin

Noodler's Purple Wampum

Noodler's Saguaro Wine

Noodler's V-Mail North African Violet

Noodler's Violet

Pelikan 4001 Violet

Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu

Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo

Sailor Jentle Nioi-sumire

Sailor Jentle Shigure

Sailor STORiA Magic Purple

Waterman Tender Purple

Color Groups

Purple inks come in a range of hues from not-quite-blue to nearly red, and each has its own unique character. To help you find your perfect purple, we’ve divided all of our purple inks into five basic color groups:

True Purple

Diamine Amazing Amethyst

Diamine Imperial Purple

J. Herbin Scented Violet Purple

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape

Noodler's La Couleur Royale

Noodler's La Reine Mauve

Noodler's V-Mail North African Violet

Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu

Sailor STORiA Magic Purple

These balanced true purples are a perfect place to start looking if you want to try a purple ink.

Dusky Purple

Caran d'Ache Ultra Violet

Diamine Damson

Diamine Grape

J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune

Kaweco Summer Purple

Noodler's Purple Martin

Noodler's Purple Wampum

Dark and sophisticated, these dusky purples are great for journaling and letter-writing.

Blue Violet

Diamine Bilberry

Diamine Violet

Noodler's Concord Bream

Noodler's Periwinkle

Sailor Jentle Nioi-sumire

Sailor Jentle Shigure

These blue-leaning purples offer a refreshing alternative to standard blue inks without standing too far out of the crowd.

Red Violet

Diamine Lavender

Diamine Majestic Purple

Diamine Purple Pazzazz

Noodler's Purple

Noodler's Violet

Pelikan 4001 Violet

Waterman Tender Purple

Leaning closer to red, these warm-blooded purples have a strong, energetic feel.

Magenta

Diamine Claret

Diamine Deep Magenta

Diamine Tyrian Purple

J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen

Monteverde Purple

Noodler's Eel Cactus Fruit

Noodler's Saguaro Wine

Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo

Cheerful and animated, these magentas have a fun, feminine quality.

Drying Time

Fastest-Drying Inks
Fastest-Drying Inks

Fountain pen inks take longer to dry than gel or ballpoint inks, so choosing a fast-drying ink is especially important for lefties and people who use their fountain pens for jotting quick notes on the go. We’ve found the fastest-drying purple inks to be:

  • Noodler’s Concord Bream
  • J. Herbin Scented Violet Purple
  • Noodler’s La Reine Mauve
  • Pelikan 4001 Violet
  • Waterman Tender Purple

Concord Bream feathers quite badly, however, and Violet Purple and La Reine Mauve also feather or spread more than typical inks. On the other hand, Pelikan Violet and Waterman Tender Purple are very well-behaved, offering a great balance of drying-time and line quality.

Click below to see the full results of our testing, which we performed by drawing X’s with a dipped fountain pen and smearing them after 3, 10, 20, 30, and 60 seconds.

Drying Time Test Results
Drying Time Test Results

These tests were done on Rhodia DotPad paper with a TWSBI ECO 1.1 mm fountain pen. Rhodia paper is ink-resistant, and drying times on it are longer than on other, more absorbent papers. The exact drying times you experience will vary depending on the pen and paper you use, so the results below are best used for comparing the relative performance of the inks.

Ink 3 Sec 10 Sec 20 Sec 30 Sec 60 Sec
Caran d'Ache Ultra Violet
Diamine Amazing Amethyst
Diamine Bilberry
Diamine Claret
Diamine Damson
Diamine Deep Magenta
Diamine Grape
Diamine Imperial Purple
Diamine Lavender
Diamine Majestic Purple
Diamine Purple Pazzazz
Diamine Tyrian Purple
Diamine Violet
J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis
J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune
J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen
J. Herbin Scented Violet Purple
J. Herbin Violette Pensee
Kaweco Summer Purple
Monteverde Purple
Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape
Noodler's Concord Bream
Noodler's Eel Cactus Fruit
Noodler's La Couleur Royale
Noodler's La Reine Mauve
Noodler's Periwinkle
Noodler's Purple
Noodler's Purple Martin
Noodler's Purple Wampum
Noodler's Saguaro Wine
Noodler's V-Mail North African Violet
Noodler's Violet
Pelikan 4001 Violet
Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu
Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo
Sailor Jentle Nioi-sumire
Sailor Jentle Shigure
Sailor STORiA Magic Purple
Waterman Tender Purple

Water and Highlighter Resistance

Most Water- and Highlighter-Resistant Inks
Most Water- and Highlighter-Resistant Inks

Most fountain pen inks will smear or fade if they get wet or highlighted. If you plan on highlighting your writing or want to make sure that an errant spill can’t wipe out your work, it’s important to choose an ink with good water resistance. We’ve found all of the following inks to be virtually waterproof:

  • J. Herbin Scented Violet Purple
  • Noodler’s Concord Bream
  • Noodler’s La Reine Mauve
  • Noodler’s Periwinkle
  • Sailor STORiA Magic Purple

Additionally, Noodler’s Baystate Concord Grape produces a light purple halo when wet but remains otherwise unaffected and perfectly legible. All of these inks also stand up exceptionally well to being highlighted, as do Diamine Amazing Amethyst, Diamine Imperial Purple, J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis, Kaweco Summer Purple, and Noodler’s Purple Martin.

Click below to see the full results of our testing, which we performed by soaking the inks in water for 30 seconds, smearing them with a waterbrush, and writing over them with ink and gel highlighters.

Water and Highlighter Resistance Test Results
Water and Highlighter Resistance Test Results

These tests were done on Rhodia DotPad paper with a TWSBI ECO 1.1 mm fountain pen, Kuretake medium water brush, Stabilo Boss ink highlighter, and Monami Essenti Dry gel highlighter. Rhodia paper is very smooth and non-absorbent, allowing inks to smear more easily on it than on other, toothier papers. Because of this, you may experience better results than those below if you use a toothier, more absorbent paper.

Ink Water (Soak) Water (Brush) Highlighter (Ink) Highlighter (Gel)
Caran d'Ache Ultra Violet
Diamine Amazing Amethyst
Diamine Bilberry
Diamine Claret
Diamine Damson
Diamine Deep Magenta
Diamine Grape
Diamine Imperial Purple
Diamine Lavender
Diamine Majestic Purple
Diamine Purple Pazzazz
Diamine Tyrian Purple
Diamine Violet
J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis
J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune
J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen
J. Herbin Scented Violet Purple
J. Herbin Violette Pensee
Kaweco Summer Purple
Monteverde Purple
Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape
Noodler's Concord Bream
Noodler's Eel Cactus Fruit
Noodler's La Couleur Royale
Noodler's La Reine Mauve
Noodler's Periwinkle
Noodler's Purple
Noodler's Purple Martin
Noodler's Purple Wampum
Noodler's Saguaro Wine
Noodler's V-Mail North African Violet
Noodler's Violet
Pelikan 4001 Violet
Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu
Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo
Sailor Jentle Nioi-sumire
Sailor Jentle Shigure
Sailor STORiA Magic Purple
Waterman Tender Purple

Check out our guide to Waterproof Fountain Pen Inks for more information on waterproof and water-resistant fountain pen inks.

Conclusion

Purple fountain pen inks are a great way to add character and energy to your writing. Do you have a favorite purple fountain pen ink? Let us know in the comments below! And if you enjoyed this article, click here to see all of our fountain pen ink comparisons.

Ink Color Group Drying Time Water Resistance Ink Highlighter Gel Highighter
Caran d'Ache Ultra Violet Dusky Purple Average Good Good Excellent
Diamine Amazing Amethyst True Purple Average Poor Good Excellent
Diamine Bilberry Blue Violet Average Poor Poor Average
Diamine Claret Magenta Average Poor Average Good
Diamine Damson Dusky Purple Average Poor Poor Poor
Diamine Deep Magenta Magenta Average Poor Poor Poor
Diamine Grape Dusky Purple Average Poor Poor Poor
Diamine Imperial Purple True Purple Average Moderate Excellent Excellent
Diamine Lavender Red Violet Average Poor Average Average
Diamine Majestic Purple Red Violet Average Poor Average Average
Diamine Purple Pazzazz Red Violet Average Poor Poor Average
Diamine Tyrian Purple Magenta Average Moderate Average Good
Diamine Violet Blue Violet Fast Poor Good Good
J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis Magenta Fast Poor Excellent Excellent
J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune Dusky Purple Average Poor Average Average
J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen Magenta Average Poor Good Good
J. Herbin Scented Violet Purple True Purple Very Fast Excellent Excellent Excellent
J. Herbin Violette Pensee True Purple Fast Poor Excellent Excellent
Kaweco Summer Purple Dusky Purple Average Good Good Excellent
Monteverde Purple Magenta Slow Poor Good Excellent
Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape True Purple Fast Very Good Good Good
Noodler's Concord Bream Blue Violet Extremely Fast Excellent Good Good
Noodler's Eel Cactus Fruit Magenta Very Slow Poor Poor Average
Noodler's La Couleur Royale True Purple Very Slow Poor Poor Good
Noodler's La Reine Mauve True Purple Very Fast Excellent Excellent Excellent
Noodler's Periwinkle Blue Violet Average Excellent Excellent Excellent
Noodler's Purple Red Violet Very Slow Moderate Average Good
Noodler's Purple Martin Dusky Purple Very Slow Good Good Excellent
Noodler's Purple Wampum Dusky Purple Average Good Poor Good
Noodler's Saguaro Wine Magenta Very Slow Poor Poor Poor
Noodler's V-Mail North African Violet True Purple Fast Excellent Good Good
Noodler's Violet Red Violet Very Slow Poor Average Poor
Pelikan 4001 Violet Red Violet Very Fast Poor Average Poor
Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu True Purple Average Moderate Average Good
Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo Magenta Average Moderate Poor Average
Sailor Jentle Nioi-sumire Blue Violet Fast Good Poor Excellent
Sailor Jentle Shigure Blue Violet Fast Good Poor Excellent
Sailor STORiA Magic Purple True Purple Average Very Good Excellent Excellent
Waterman Tender Purple Red Violet Very Fast Moderate Poor Poor

SOURCE:https://www.jetpens.com/blog/purple-fountain-pen-ink-comparison/pt/895

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