This week’s ink review and giveaway feature Platinum Silky Purple Mixable fountain pen ink. Silky Purple is one of nine colors included in Platinum’s “mixable ink collection.” Platinum’s mixable ink collection allows fountain pen users to create an infinite number of ink colors.
With the Platinum Mixable fountain pen ink system, you can dilute your existing ink with a Platinum Dilution solution (sold separately with the Platinum Fountain Ink Mixing Kit), to create a new ink color variation. The existing ink colors are all bright and vibrant, making a terrific base whether you decide to use one of the “recipes” provided or create your own personal recipe for an ink creation of your own. There are nine mixable colors: Smoke Black, Aqua Blue, Aurora Blue, Cyclamen Pink, Flame Red, Earth Brown, Sunny Yellow, Leaf Green, and Silky Purple.
Mixable fountain pen ink is the focus of this week’s ink review and giveaway, but Platinum does offer more than just one line of fountain pen ink. For more information on other inks available from Platinum, check out the full inventory at Pen Chalet.
Mixable fountain pen inks are a fun addition to any fountain pen lover’s ink collection and offer a wide variety of options. Take advantage of the opportunity to get all the details right here! And don’t forget to enter to win a bottle for yourself. Enter below, and good luck! Now keep reading for all the little details.
All About the Ink Maker: Platinum
Shunichi Nakata founded Platinum Pens in 1919 in Ueno, Tokyo. In 2019, Platinum is still one of the most respected Japanese pen manufacturers. The company is particularly well known for its fine nibs and maki-e art pens.
Pen Chalet is a proud authorized retailer of all Platinum products, including their other ink lines: Platinum Bottled Carbon ink, Platinum Bottle Dye ink, Platinum Pigmented Bottle ink, and Platinum Classic ink.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Platinum Silky Purple Mixable Fountain Pen Ink
Platinum Silky Purple Mixable fountain pen ink is one of the inks in Platinum’s mixable ink line. We discovered that Platinum’s Silky Purple is a very bright, vibrant purple color. We found it more in line with Pilot’s Iroshizuku Yama-Budo ink than any more violet-purple colors like Visconti Purple ink or Pelikan Violet ink.
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During our review, we took Platinum’s Silky Purple Mixable ink and tested it for all the characteristics you need to know before you decide to add another ink to your ink family. Run through the list below, so you have the info you need to make an informed purchase next time you’re choosing a fountain pen ink brand or a new ink color.
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
To keep things scientific…this is where we’ll share the “hows” and “whats” of our ink review. For our review of Platinum Silky Purple Mixable ink, we used a French-made J Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. The glass dip pen’s tip is similar to a fine-medium fountain pen nib.
Don’t forget – different papers and nib sizes will produce different results. Remember to consider this when deciding whether or not to add Platinum Silky Purple Mixable ink to your collection!
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Platinum Use for their Mixable Ink Line?
Platinum creates two different sizes and shapes of ink bottles for their Mixable Ink Series: 1) The regular square bottom shaped 60 ml. glass bottle or 2) the new 20 ml. uniquely triangular shaped bottle. We used the latter for this review. Both ink bottles used in Platinum’s Mixable ink line have a large mouth lid providing easy access. All Mixable inks from Platinum come with easy to read packaging and easy to follow “recipes” for making your own ink creations and new ink colors.
How Much Does Platinum Mixable Ink Cost?
Platinum Mixable ink is available from $12.80 to $20.00 per bottle, depending on where you purchase your ink and what size container you buy (Platinum Mixable inks are available in 60 ml. or 20 ml. bottles as discussed above). Get your Platinum Mixable inks at the most reasonable price using Pen Chalet’s everyday discounted prices for extra savings.
How Fast Does Platinum Silky Purple Mixable Fountain Pen Ink Dry?
Platinum Silky Purple Mixable fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 3 seconds during our ink review. In case you weren’t sure, this dry time is very fast. We typically consider any dry time from 7-8 seconds as reasonable for everyday use. So, with a 3-second dry time, we would consider Platinum’s Silky Purple Mixable fountain pen ink what you might call almost “unreasonably” reasonable. We aren’t sure how fast the ink would dry after mixing in other Platinum Mixable ink colors, so keep in mind that different variations and mixes could alter these results.
Does Platinum Silky Purple Mixable Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?
During normal use, we saw no bleeding. (Again, these results were seen when using the Platinum Mixable ink on Rhodia dot pad paper). At the most saturated point of the cotton swab test, we saw some bleeding, but only at the wettest points of the test.
Was There Any Feathering While Using Platinum Silky Purple Mixable Ink?
During normal use, we saw no feathering. When we Platinum’s Silky Purple Mixable ink to the water test, there was moderate feathering, but it’s not waterproof, so we expected that.
How Does Platinum Silky Purple Mixable Ink Stand Up to Water?
We included a water test in the review of Platinum Silky Purple Mixable ink. (For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample). The water test resulted in significant color smearing and some feathering, but the lines were still legible. (To be clear, the water test results were typical since Silky Purple is not a waterproof ink).
Does Platinum Silky Purple Mixable Ink Have Good Shading or Sheening Traits?
Platinum Silky Purple Mixable ink has some slight shading traits if you are using a nib that allows ink flow variation (like a stub or italic nib). We saw lighter, bright purple to a deeper, vibrant purple color. During the ink review, we also noticed a slight green sheen on very saturated points.
Final Conclusion on Platinum Silky Purple Mixable Fountain Pen Ink:
Platinum’s Silky Purple Mixable fountain pen ink comes at a moderate price and offers a really quick dry time. Brought to pen lovers everywhere by one of the most well-regarded Japanese pen companies, the Mixable inks add even more opportunities for creativity to the world of fountain pens. Not only do they allow for creativity in the written word, but in the color the writer decides to “create.”
The Silky Purple ink reviewed this week is bright and vibrant. The beautiful purple color is gorgeous on its own but will also work with other eight shades in the Platinum Mixable ink line to produce an endless number of options.
Platinum offers an easy to use “mixing kit” (currently available at Pen Chalet), or you can create your own ink mixing station with various pen tools you can find in the Pen Chalet inventory. Happy writing from Japan!
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