Ink Review #630: Diamine Purple Rain


Super sheeny inks are so popular lately, but most of them have been blue/teal/green so it’s nice to see new super sheeny inks cropping up. Diamine Purple Rain is a German exclusive, but you can find it on Amazon or at Fountainfeder in Germany.


The color:

Purple Rain is a dark purple with lots of gold sheen.



In large swabs you can see plenty of dark gold sheen.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: no shading, monster sheen, and no shimmer. Any shading there might be is hidden under all the sheen.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in the large nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Purple Rain’s base color is similar to Colorverse Hayabusa, but has gold sheen rather than Haayabusa’s green. Click here to see the purple inks together, and click here to see the Diamine inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Sailor Pro Gear Slim Purple Cosmos with a zoom nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I found it pretty well behaved for the amount of sheen it has, no problems with smearing. It’s nice to see a purple ink with tons of sheen, most of the recent super sheeny inks have all been blue or teal. I didn’t have any problems cleaning this ink out, much easier than some of the other sheeny inks I’ve tried.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a pen friend, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.