Ink Review: 4001 Violet by Pelikan

This sample was received in the May 2014 Ink Drop entitled Garden Party. Through a muck up in the Goulet shipping department I received a double Ink Drop shipment that month which has meant that I now have 4 ml of this ink on hand. While you wouldn't think that this has a place at work, I use it for marking up technical drawings of the machinery that I design.  

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Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: Not really, what shows up is there by accident rather than design.
Bleed Through: Field Notes shows a lot of bleed through as well as feathering. Copy paper does much better but still experiences some minor bleed through with wet nibs. 
Show Through: Absorbent papers will exhibit show through.
Saturation: Average to above-average saturation.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: No useful water resistance.
Drying Time: Quick drying time, 10 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Good flow.
Cleaning: Easy.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

As can be seen above, the bulk of this ink is made up of magenta die with a very minor blue component that looks to have some permanence.

Similar Inks (Images Courtesy of Goulet Pens)

Conclusions

This is a good colour of purple for how I use it but I think that it would be more challenging to use it for correspondence or for anything other than document mark up in a work environment. When used with ink resistant papers it behaves itself quite well but when you move to more absorbent papers the ink spreads, bleeds through, and feathers. As I come to the end of my sample I have started to consider whether I should purchase a bottle or not, for me I think that Rohrer & Klingner Solferino will be my choice for purple going forward. It's lubricity makes it so nice to write with and its brighter purple is just fine for document mark ups.

Other Reviews For This Ink

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