Purple ink

Lamy Dark Lilac Ink Review

The Lamy Dark Lilac T-10 ink cartridges and my Lamy Safari 

The Lamy Dark Lilac T-10 ink cartridges and my Lamy Safari 

The Lamy Dark Lilac ink is part of the 2016 limited edition Lamy range. This fountain pen ink has been reviewed a tonne and has been very popular with stores selling out their inventory really quickly.

I opted for a pack of five T-10 cartridges to use with my Lamy Safari fountain pen. I chose cartridges as I wasn’t sure whether this would be an ink I was going to like and I am trying to buy stationery items I will use (see here for more details on this). I was also mindful that I have numerous bottles of ink that I am making no headway in depleting therefore felt cartridges would suffice.

The Lamy Dark Lilac colour is really lovely. I personally enjoy purple inks, which was part of the initial attraction and the Lamy Dark Lilac is a real purple. It has some gorgeous shading which is really prominent on high quality paper stock. You can even see some gold sheen with the Midori and Tomoe River paper.

A sample page from my Travelers Notebook using Lamy Dark Lilac 

A sample page from my Travelers Notebook using Lamy Dark Lilac 

I have found that the ink behaves well. You get a nice flow in the fountain pen and it’s a wet ink which helps to get the gold sheen even with a fine nib fountain pen. As it’s a dark shade of purple you can easily use this as an everyday ink option.

A comparison against some of my favourite purple inks

A comparison against some of my favourite purple inks

If you have a chance to try this ink out and enjoy purple inks I would highly recommend it. This is my first foray into a Lamy ink outside of the standard black T-10 cartridges and I am really impressed. I think this is a true purple ink that doesn’t have too much of another colour included as you can see with the J. Herbin and Diamine samples in the above photo. Lamy have found a way to make a simple lilac ink interesting without deviating too much from the base colour.

A review of Diamine Amazing Amethyst

Purpley goodness

Purpley goodness

I am a big fan of the Diamine range of inks for a number of reasons. They are affordable, come in a wide variety of colours and in different formats so you can enjoy them whichever way you please. 

30ml bottle

30ml bottle

I was shopping for a purple ink and spent some time looking at different brands and colours when I came across Diamine Amazing Amethyst. I really liked the look of this ink due to its darker shades and thought this colour would be ideal for everyday writing. 

Hints of purple  

Hints of purple  

I have used the Diamine Amazing Amethyst in a number of different fountain pens and have enjoyed using this ink for a number of months. The purple tones are lovely and in large swatches you really see the purple tone but in written form it remains a dark ink colour. 

My below ink review shows how well this ink performs on paper. The ink flows well in all fountain pens I have used and isn't too wet. On closer inspection you can really appreciate the differences it has to offer. 

Amethyst is a popular ink colour at the moment with Pelikan realising their own version recently. I really do enjoy using Diamines Amazing Amethyst. It's a lovely colour ink and something that I think will be in my ink rotation for quite some time. For £2.35 this ink is a bargain and well worth a try.