on saleNoodler's North African Violet - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19054

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on saleNoodler's North African Violet - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-N19054

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2ml Sample

2ml sample of Noodler's North African Violet fountain pen ink, in a labeled plastic vial.

Ink Samples
Fast Drying

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Freeze Resistant

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Iron Gall

Ink made from iron salts and tannic acids. Though quite permanent and waterproof, these inks are typically known for causing chemical corrosion to metal pen parts (especially the nib) and should be used sparingly or with less-valuable pens.


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Whether or not the ink contains finely-ground solid particles in liquid suspension.

Water Resistant

Whether or not the ink, once dried on the paper, will resist being washed away with water.


Customer Reviews

Based on 50 reviews
Exactly what I was looking for

I needed an ink that would flow properly through my pen but also be less smudge prone and (most importantly) not ruin my highlighters. This did so with a lovely purple color that is right up my alley. Will be purchasing a full bottle soon!

amy b.
Gorgina color!

Adore this beautiful purple

Keith G.
Bold Strong PERMANENT Violet

I'm a newish fountain pen geek, both enthusiastic and a bit eccentric. Ink reviews are tricky. Fountain pen writing depends on at least four strong variables: ink, feed, nib, and paper. Change any one of them and you may get something quite different. So allow that your results will vary from mine. I'm using an EF nib in a 100 gsm Miliko dot journal. I do a lot of fine lettering, so my ideal ink must pass three tests: (1) EF Fine. An EF nib should deliver an EF line. But some inks are just too generous and make fat lines that just don't care that you want EF. (2) permanent. It is INK after all; it should not wash off the page. (3) dries. By the time I get to the end of the line, the first words should not smear. And when I close the journal, let's not have any facing page blottage. (4) a fourth, bonus test: I like inks that show some shading. North African Violet (NAV) is [x] permanent, and [x] it dries quickly, but [-] it doesn't keep a thin EF line from my EF nib. NAV is sooo permanent, I get zero smear with a wet fingertip. It is so strong, it takes extra work to clean it out of a clear demonstrator in eyedropper mode: the barrel wants to retain a violet tint. NAV is so bold, I get no shading at all. Nice, strong, violet color and very permanent. But for me, an EF stroke is not EF enough.

Yinhan Z.

PROS:Well saturated, brilliant color with a wet sheen. CONS:It stained my clear pilot kakuno. Some diluted bleach got the color mostly out from the cap and body. As for the nib, it's still being soaked in Goulet's pen wash for 18 hours now and still the color is there.

Eric A.
A beautiful violet

A nice color that flows easily in my pens. I have tried this ink in several pens now and it works well in all of them. Diamine is a name you can trust.

FAQ about Ink Samples

How do I fill my fountain pen from an ink sample vial? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the fountain pen's filling mechanism.

Check out our blog post on How to Fill a Fountain Pen from an Ink Sample Vial.

How much writing can I do with 2ml of ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It really depends on how big or small you write, and the nib size you’re using. We find that usually you can get 2 good fills for a typical converter with our Ink samples, or one good fill with a piston-filling pen. How much writing depends on you more than anything else, so we recommend experimenting with different nib sizes to find what works best for you. 

What is shading, sheening, or shimmering ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Shading - A common (and often desired) result of a fountain pen ink pooling in certain parts of a letter when writing, so that the color and saturation of the ink appears different within a single letter or word. This characteristic cannot be achieved with ballpoint or rollerball pens and is a very appealing aspect of fountain pen use for those particularly drawn to all the pretty ink colors.

Sheen - Characteristic of a fountain pen ink where when ink pools another color can be seen on top of the ink, especially when looked at in different light angles using certain paper types. There is no way to guarantee an ink will sheen, but using a larger nib on a pen will help obtain sheening results in your writing.

Shimmering - Fountain pen ink that has small particles of glitter mixed in.

Is shimmering ink safe to use in fountain pens? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes! Shimmering ink is a great way to add some flare to your writing. We have found that a larger nib will showcase more shimmering particles while writing, but you can use any nib size and shimmering ink. All the ink we sell is safe for use in fountain pens.

You can learn more in our blog: How to Write with Shimmering Ink.

What's your return policy for ink samples? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We do not accept returns for ink that has been used. Otherwise, we accept returns on unused ink products for up to 30 days from purchase. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.