This week’s ink review and giveaway features Tasmania Vine Purple ink from Van Dieman’s Original Fourteen Colours of Tasmania Series. A new brand Pen Chalet introduced in 2020, Van Dieman’s brings a great variety of fountain pen inks to the table, and we’ve been nothing but happy with the response we’ve received from their inks. Read on for all the details (and for the chance to enter to win the bottle of fountain pen ink used for this week’s fountain pen ink review).
All About the Ink Maker: Van Dieman’s
Van Dieman’s is an Australian ink company that produces a wide variety of inks in various series. You can currently find three Van Dieman’s ink series in the Pen Chalet inventory:
- Van Dieman’s Original Fourteen Colours of Tasmania
- Van Dieman’s Wilderness Series
- Van Dieman’s Midnight Series
When we added the Van Dieman’s brand earlier this year, we started with a wide variety of over 30 different ink colors from the three ink series listed above. From classic colors to more unique colors, and featuring shimmering fountain pen inks sprinkled amid their various ink series, Van Dieman’s lineup is impressive…and popular. In fact, while we only recently added a robust variety of over 30 ink colors from this Australian ink maker, we’re almost sold out. We’ve already ordered more to restock and look forward to adding more to our inventory.
This week’s featured ink, Tasmania Vine Purple fountain pen ink, is from Van Dieman’s Colours of Tasmania Ink Series.
All About the Ink Series: Van Dieman’s Original Fourteen Colours of Tasmania Ink Series
This week’s featured ink is from the Van Dieman’s Original Fourteen Colours of Tasmania Ink Series. The different colors in this ink series are all inspired by the Tasmania region of Australia:
- Apple Island Green
- Bass Strait Cobalt Blue
- Bay of Fires Red
- Cradle Mountain Grey
- Devil Black
- Freycinet Aquamarine
- Leatherwood Honey Amber
- Oakwood Brown
- Styx Valley Forest Green
- Tamar Pinot Noir Wine Red
- Tasmania Vine Purple
- Tasmanian Robin Pink
- Wattle Yellow
- West Coast Sunset Tangerine
To learn more about the different Van Dieman’s inks currently available at Pen Chalet or to see what Van Dieman’s ink sample sizes are now available, visit PenChalet.com.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple Ink
Tasmania Vine Purple fountain pen ink is a deep, mountain purple. Rather than the bright, vibrant purple we sometimes see in fountain pen ink, Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple ink is dusty, sultry, and muted. It’s a gorgeous color, and it shows up well on paper. And it’s been extremely popular during the short time we’ve had it in stock at Pen Chalet.
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It’s Time: Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple Ink Review
For this week’s ink review, we explored Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple fountain pen ink. We ran it through all the tests to find the different characteristics and traits that you’ll need to know before deciding to add this new ink to your collection. Continue reading to get all the beautiful little details.
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
Each week we list the “controls” in our review/experiment in this section. For instance, while reviewing Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple fountain pen ink, we used a J Herbin spiral glass dip pen (with a tip similar to a fine-medium fountain pen nib) on Rhodia dot pad paper. Remember, different papers and nib sizes may produce different results!
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Van Dieman’s Use?
Van Dieman’s ink is 30 ml. and comes in a glass ink bottle. We appreciated the unique, pear-shaped bottle design with the front of the bottle jutting out to make it easy to get to every last drop of beautiful ink. The Van Dieman’s packaging is simple but nice with the ink color is clearly labeled.
How Much Does Van Dieman’s Ink Cost?
Van Dieman’s ink is a reasonably priced fountain pen ink for the 30 ml. quantity (and considering that the popular inks are directly imported from Australia). Even more exciting, you can find discounted pricing at Pen Chalet.
How Did Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple Ink Handle the 1 Dip Test?
Van Dieman’sTasmania Vine Purple fountain pen ink performed well during our newest test, the 1 Dip Test. We use the one dip test to see how far one dip could write on paper. Dipping the pen into Van Dieman’sTasmania Vine Purple ink one time, we were able to write across the paper on all three writing samples very easily. 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 Tasmania Vine Purple Ink Dry?
Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 6-7 seconds with medium to high saturation. We thought this was a very reasonable dry time. Since we consider fountain pen inks with a dry time under 10 seconds to be reasonably fast, we’d recommend Tasmania Vine Purple ink as an everyday ink option.
Does Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple Ink Bleed Through?
During normal use of Tasmania Vine Purple fountain pen ink, we saw slight bleed through with slightly more bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test, especially at the wettest points.
Was There Any Feathering While Using Tasmania Vine Purple Ink?
During normal use on Rhodia paper, we saw no feathering. We saw almost no additional feathering during the water test.
How Does Tasmania Vine Purple Ink Stand Up to Water?
This week’s ink is not a waterproof fountain pen ink. However, we always include a water test in the review. (For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample). After putting Tasmania Vine Purple ink to the water test, we saw light color smearing, which is very reasonable for a dark purple ink color. The lines were very legible and clear, with only some very slight distortion and fading after the water test.
Does Tasmania Vine Purple Ink Have Good Shading Traits?
While reviewing Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple ink, we saw some slight possible shading traits when using the ink with a nib that allows ink flow variation like a stub or italic nib.
Final Conclusion on Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple Ink:
While Van Dieman’s is new to Pen Chalet, the Australian ink manufacturer is well established in the industry and has a variety of popular fountain pen inks available. This week’s ink from their Original Fourteen Colours of Tasmania Ink Series, Tasmania Vine Purple, has enjoyed extensive popularity during the short time it has spent on Pen Chalet shelves.
Available in the smaller, 30 ml. bottle, this reasonably priced ink is a sultry, dark mountain purple ink color with a very reasonable dry time (6-7 seconds) that makes it an appropriate everyday ink choice for the home or office. Happy writing from Australia!
Enter to Win Van Dieman’s Tasmania Vine Purple Ink from the Original Fourteen Colours of Tasmania Ink Series:
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