In general Lamy's ink offerings aren't very impressive, the stock colours tend to be a bit mundane and their special editions are either too light or too garish to see much use. Not so with Dark Lilac. I had held off buying this ink when I heard all of the hype upon its release. It wasn't until I received a letter from a pen pal and saw the greeny-gold sheen on Tomoe River paper first hand that I new that I wanted some for my collection. As purple inks go, it is a good one but you will likely have to buy it fast because it is out of stock at a lot of retailers. (Psst! Check WonderPens.ca for cartridges and Stylo.ca for 50ml bottles)
Shading: This ink does not have any significant shading properties.
Bleed Through: Some bleed through is experienced in all nib sizes on Field Notes and makes the back side unusable.
Show Through: Show through is an issue on both Copy paper and Field Notes.
Saturation: Higher than average saturation.
Sheen: Tomoe River paper displays a lovely greeny-gold sheen.
Water Resistance: Little to none.
Drying Time: Really fast, 10 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Good flow and lubrication. It feels really wet going down but dries quite quickly. Kinda odd.
Colour Make Up
A lovely combination of violet and magenta pink.
This ink is unique amongst my dark purple selection. Most of my dark purples have a burgundy cast to them where as this one is more of a true purple.
This is a good ink, it performs well and is reasonably priced. It's too bad that it is a limited edition that is getting hard to come by but if you snag a bottle you will likely be happy with it.
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