Penlux MÒ Plum Purple Ink

Penlux MÒ Plum Purple Ink Review & Giveaway

Penlux MÒ Plum Purple fountain pen ink is a recent addition to the respected ink series, alongside another recently reviewed ink, Penlux MÒ Tangerine ink. Both Penlux MÒ Plum and Tangerine were initially made only for the Taiwan market and, as a result, are very rare in the USA. So, depending on your location, you may not have had the chance to test them yet. For more info on the Penlux MÒ Tangerine fountain pen ink, check our past fountain pen ink review and giveaway. And for more information on the Penlux MÒ Plum Purple ink, read on. We’ll give you all the details you might need to know about this elusive beauty in today’s review.

All About the Ink Maker: Penlux or Sailor?

This week’s ink is one of two new ink colors from Penlux. Both are made by Sailor Ink Company, a well-loved and well-known company almost every fountain pen enthusiast has had some experience with at some point. You may be familiar with one of their popular fountain pens, or you may have already added some of the inks they produce to your fountain pen ink collection—for instance, Kobe Inks or Bungubox Inks, etc.

Penlux company, founded in 1999, completes the majority of its processes at its own factory using skilled artisans who dedicated to creating precision writing instruments and quality products. The company’s tagline, “A Style to Remember, a Style for Creativity,” expresses their passion for providing exceptional work in an industry that genuinely appreciates the effort.

All About the Ink Series: Penlux MÒ

All the inks in Penux’s MÒ ink series are made by well-loved Sailor pen company. Made in Japan, and imported directly from Penlux in Taiwan, these inks are Limited Edition with only 999 bottled made worldwide. The two new colors added to the Penlux MÒ ink series are both in stock in limited supply at

  • Penlux MÒ Tangerine
  • Penlux MÒ Plum Purple

Pen Chalet is a proud, authorized retailer of Penlux products, including both fountain pens and Penlux fountain pen inks.

All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Penlux MÒ Plum Purple Ink

Penlux’s MÒ Plum ink is a dark purple color, not a regular purple, and not a dark mountain purple or a bright, vibrant purple; this week’s featured fountain pen ink is a true, ripe plum purple color. The ink has medium saturation and an excellent presentation. Fans of top-notch packaging are usually quite impressed with the Origami style box used for the Penlux MÒ ink series inks.

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It’s Time: Penlux MÒ Plum Purple Ink Review

This week we got up close and personal with MÒ Plum Purple ink from Penlux. We ran all our regular tests so you would have the different details you need to decide if this Penlux ink needs to join your collection.

Ink Review Testing Factors (because we’re very scientific):

While completing this week’s ink review, we used a J Herbin spiral glass dip pen (which has a tip similar to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) on French-made Rhodia dot pad paper. We list products we used during our weekly ink reviews here because different papers and nib sizes often produce different results. Remember that as you consider our fountain pen ink reviews (and anyone’s fountain pen ink reviews).

What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Penlux Use?

Penlux MÒ Plum ink comes in a “new” standard square 50 ml. Sailor ink bottle. The bottle gives a beautiful presentation; it’s heavy-weighted and has a simple label. The box the ink arrives in is downright entertaining. Using the classic art of Origami, the box will lay completely flat then return to its original shape as a box. It’s utterly fascinating, and we’ll warn you now, you’re going to want to keep this fountain pen ink box. It’s very cool.

How Much Does Penlux Ink Cost?

Penlux MÒ Plum Purple ink is a high mid-range priced ink. Make sure to get the most economical price by taking advantage of discount pricing at Pen Chalet.

How Did MÒ Ink Respond During the 1 Dip Test?

We put Penlux’s MÒ Plum fountain pen ink to the test with our newest standard review rest: the 1 Dip Test. We use this test to see how far one dip can write on paper (dipping the pen in ink only once). Penlux’s MÒ Plum ink easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples. (We used one dip per writing sample). Writing samples included: S, X, and scribble lines (see the photograph of the samples above).

How Fast Does Penlux MÒ Plum Purple Ink Dry?

Penlux MÒ Plum Purple fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 4-5 seconds with medium to high saturation. The 5-second dry time is very quick, making it easy for us to recommend MÒ Plum Purple fountain pen ink as an everyday home-office ink choice.

Does MÒ Plum Purple Ink Bleed Through?

We saw very minimal bleeding during normal use of Penlux’s MÒ Plum Purple fountain pen ink. There was some bleeding during the heavily saturated cotton swab test (at the wettest points).

Was There Any Feathering?

We saw no feathering of Penlux MÒ Plum Purple ink during normal use and almost no additional feathering during the water test.

How Does Penlux MÒ Plum Ink Stand Up to Water?

Our weekly ink review’s water test consists of letting the ink sample dry for about three minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample. This week’s ink is not waterproof, but we put it to the water test anyway. (We like to include it anyway to see how inks fare). During the water test, Penlux MÒ Plum Purple ink only had light color smearing. The lines were still legible. All in all, its performance during the water test wasn’t bad for a dark ink.

Does MÒ Plum Purple Fountain Pen Ink Have Good Shading Traits?

Penlux MÒ Plum Purple ink has some possible shading traits if you’re working with a nib that allows ink flow variation (like a stub or italic nib). In addition to which type of nib you are working with, your handwriting can also make a difference when you’re looking for good shading traits with a fountain pen ink. Lines were pretty consistent, though, without a lot of shading due to the ink’s dark shade and medium to high saturation.

Final Conclusion on Penlux MÒ Plum Purple Ink:

MÒ Plum Purple is at the higher end of the mid-range priced fountain pen inks currently available. The lovely, dark and unique purple plum color is different than a lot of purple inks on the market.

Made by well-regarded ink company, Sailor, the Penlux MÒ ink series inks come in a large 50 ml. bottle and an interesting and fun box that we find utterly fascinating. The ink performs well, showing a quick dry time (4-5 seconds). Another high-performance ink safe for fountain pens in the highly admired Penlux MÒ ink series, we suggest considering Plum Purple for a wide variety of projects and pens. The color is both unique and versatile, and the quality is exemplary. Happy writing from Japan!

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4 years ago

What a lovely shade of purple, and it has some water resistance! R&K Cassia is my current favorite dark purple, but I may have to give this a try.

Geoffrey Dunn
4 years ago

What a nice darkish purple and another new ink by Sailor! Would love to see this one in person. Maybe today’s my lucky ink day?! Thanks for the chance!

Patrick L
4 years ago

I haven’t gotten too far into the ink rabbit hole yet, but so far my favorite ink is Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-ryoku.

4 years ago

Wow!! This is nice. I would love to try it.

Stephanie S
4 years ago

Up until now my favorite plum ink was Diamine’s Damson. I may love this Penlux MÒ Plum Purple more… and I haven’t even tried it yet. It’s just gorgeous!

4 years ago

That’s a nice dark purple!

Roy c
4 years ago

Looks plummy to me !

4 years ago

I like the color! I also like the idea of an origami box. Thanks for the review!

4 years ago

Good dark purples are my favourite, this looks and sounds quite promising!

Adriana Sagastume
4 years ago

Look great that color. Love to try it.

4 years ago

Wow! This is a gorgeous colour, and I’m hard to please when it comes to purple inks!

4 years ago

I love all Sailor ink and there is never too much dark purple ink in the world. Thanks for the review!

matthew fitzgerald
4 years ago

looks comparable to franklin-christoph tenebris purpuratum.

4 years ago

Thank you for the opportunity to win a bottle of this ink. I’ve been really curious about this color; it’s darker than I thought, I find I really like it!

Diane Sidener
4 years ago

I’m just getting (back) to fountain pens, and have only begun to experiment with different inks. And I LOVE plummy purples, but don’t (yet) have any in inks. I recently purchased a bottle of Diamine Shimmering Sea to use on my original cyanotype greeting cards, my COVID-19 way of staying in touch, and am enjoying the color and sparkle.

4 years ago

Thanks for this review! The waterproof ness with the purple is gorgeous. I’d love to see a review of the Colorverse ink Brunch Date