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.