As you all know, I am always in search of the world’s perfect purple. Yama-Budo has long been one of my favorite “wine” purples, which is why I was excited to try Diamine Claret. The name itself made me think of a smooth, rich purple that pulls toward burgundy. What I got however, was…Yama-Budo, have you had too much to drink? Let me elaborate on that. For this review I decided to ink up my Visconti Rembrandt with 23k DreamTouch nib. It is generally a wet writer and handles ink well.
Rather than the rich color I expected, what I got looked more like a watered down version of Yama-Budo without any of the positive attributes. I was so saddened by this I decided to do a comparison with Yama-Budo.
Ink Journal Pages:
One of the problems with Diamine Claret is the flow. My pen felt like it was struggling a bit, and I had quite a few hard starts. I have used Yama-Budo in a variety of pens including this one and have not had this problem at all.
There was no sheen produced by Claret that I could see which always disappoints me a little.
Here are some videos of how the lines went down with each pen. These were on CF paper, whereas the ink journals are on tomoe.
The Diamine Claret is of course a cheaper ink than the Pilot Iroshizuku, but I would say that if you are looking for a great wine colored purple, Yama-Budo is well worth the extra money ^_^
December 20, 2016 at 2:51 am
Yeah, it doesn’t look like a Claret to me. I haven’t been very lucky with Diamine, but then again … I’ve only tried two 🙂
I have a bottle of Edelstein Turmaline in the mail … my first, pink ink.
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December 20, 2016 at 8:55 am
Diamine is very hit or miss for me 😭. Lately it’s been miss. They do have some great colors though, I really love their majestic blue 💙. That sheen!
I have ink envy right now over your Edelstein Tourmaline 😍. I want to order a bottle but I just found some unicorns so I will have to wait or the husband won’t be having a merry Christmas lol!
December 20, 2016 at 1:12 pm
LOL @ the unicorns
I don’t seem to have much luck with purple/violet inks … either they look black, or totally washed out.