Sunday, March 28, 2010

Similar Inks: Omas Violet, Diamine Violet & Herbin Violette Pensee

Omas Violet, Diamine Violet & Herbin Violette Pensee

One day when I was swabbing a number of new fountain pen inks, I noticed that some happened to look the same. The three above, Omas Violet, Herbin's Violette Pensee, and Diamine Violet all looked to be very similar in hue, though each looked to be darker than the next.

I haven't yet tried the Omas, and the Violet has been banned from my domicile because it was the ink that I spilled EVERYWHERE. Violette Pensee is quite nice, and the color is reminiscent of the old "ditto" copies that they would hand out in grade school.

Note that purple inks tend to not always reproduce accurately in digital form. They tend to shift more towards blue and as always, YMMV. (Your Mileage May Vary)


Brian Goulet said...

According to J. Herbin, Violette Pensée is one of the three top sellers (of their 30 colors) in the US. I also like the new look of your blog, Biffy!

inkophile said...

Interesting comparison. In my side to side tests, I see no color difference between Diamine Violet and J. Herbin Violette Pensée. The former might be a tad more saturated and dries a second or two slower from a wide nib. No experience with the Omas ink but I am happy with either of the other two.

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