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Caran d'Ache Ultra Violet


Next up, here's an ink that I didn't think I was going to like. It was actually one of the last of these inks that I put in a pen. I don't like purples. As I was using this one, though, I was won-over. It's a solid ink. The performance is super. No bleeding, feathering, or spread on my copy paper. The flow is great, even in the italic nib on this Lamy which tends to be dry.

The color, though, is not as purple as some people might prefer. It's a dark purple, and it could probably pass in a more formal situation. If you're looking for a lighter purple, then you'll want to look else where. This is no shrinking violet.

Check this ink out at Anderson Pens and other fine retailers where it sells for $36 per 50ml bottle.


Copy Paper Tests

 Excellent performance on this common paper. 

 This is a solid purple. There's nothing but purple in this ink, and a bunch of it stays at the bottom of the strip (at the right side of these pictures).


So, I didn't have anything purple inked up, but this Cosmic Cobalt. that's a very blue purple, and nothing like the slightly wine-colored Ultra Violet. Ignore the Aurora Black on the bottom. That had been sitting in that Esterbrook for far too long, and it wasn't working right. I just don't use that pen enough.

Water Drop Test and Video Review

Far more resistance than I would have thought I'd see from a purple, but it does bear out what we saw on the chromatography.

The ink for this review was provided free of charge by Anderson Pens. The review was all mine, however.
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Xelita said...

Nice ink. Would be nice to compare it with Diamine Damson and Kaweco Purple. And definitely want in on my shelf %)

Mike Matteson said...

You know, I don't have either of those. My stable of purple inks is pretty scanty.

Unknown said...

This bears a strong resemblance to R&K Sciabosa, another well-performing, but more dusky coloured, purple.

Mike Matteson said...

Thanks for the comment, Neill. I've definitely got a vial of Scabiosa around here somewhere. I've just never used it. I have that problem with purple inks. :-P