Can’t say I’ve had much luck with purple inks. Tried J. Herbin’s Violette Pensée … it just never dried, and I’m left handed. It looked stunningly beautiful while wet! When it eventually dried, some 30 minutes later, on Tomoé River paper, it turned more blue-ish.
The example above is Diamine’s Amazing Amethyst. I like the colour. It tends to smear, when I’m not careful and wait long enough, as you can see in the beginning of the sample.
Pelikan’s Edelstein Amethyst — it’s a good, well-behaved ink like all other Edelsteins. I just don’t like the shading of it — it looks black, and now I have two bottles of it. The second bottle came with the pen, and the price was right. I wouldn’t have gone out and bought a second bottle otherwise.
Now I have a bottle of d’Atramentis Aubergine on the way. I feel a little excited about that … just hope it won’t be as slow drying as J. Herbin.