on salePlatinum Classic Lavender Black - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-Plat-InkK-2000-86

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on salePlatinum Classic Lavender Black - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-Plat-InkK-2000-86

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A 2ml sample of Platinum Classic Lavender Black iron gall fountain pen ink, in a labeled plastic vial. Our swab pictured here was scanned after 24 hours.

Ink Samples
Fast Drying

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Freeze Resistant

Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to better withstand freezing temperatures.

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.


Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to increase flow in your pen.


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 8 reviews
Paxton H.
Beautiful Ink!

I recently bought a new pen and decided to get a new ink color with it. I got a sample of this and a few other colors, and this one is very cool. It flows well and dries super fast. The changing/darkening color is really cool too! It starts out rather light (similar to the bottom of the sample picture) and gets pretty darks (similar to the top of the sample picture). I use fine/extra fine nibs, so it looks really close to black, but you can tell there's still purple in there. The color is rather flat -- no depth/variation like some others I use (and like a lot). That definitely isn't a bad thing thought. It certainly a solid ink. Overall: Pros: flows beautifully; dries fast; cool color change Cons: none :)

Keith G.
Strong and Dark

Platinum Classic Lavender Black (PCLB)I'm a newish fountain pen geek, both enthusiastic and a bit idiosyncratic. 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. PCLB doesn't quite restrain itself enough for me. My hoped-for EF is just too F.(2) permanent. It is INK after all; it should not wash off the page. PCLB is like many permanent inks. There is a core of the stroke that survives almost anything, but there is also a ?skin? that will smear with a wet fingertip. (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. PCLB dries nicely.(4) a fourth, bonus test: I like inks that show some shading. PCLB is dries a little darker than the wet stroke looks at first, and, like most dark inks, there's not enough light/dark range in the strokes to show much shading. PCLB is strong and dark.

Michael S.
Platinum Classic Lavender Black

PROS:I like this ink and would consider buying a bottle in the future. I tested it in broad, fine and extra fine nibs with no hard starts or skipping. It flowed will with all nibs. There was no bleed throuh or ghosting. On Tomoe River paper, the dry time was 30 seconds; on copy paper it was 15 seconds. CONS:These are all personal preference issues that do not reduce my rating. The slowish dry time and tendency smear from moisture limits the uses for this ink. In my experience, iron gall inks tend to be problematic for prolonged continuous use in a pen and pen cleaning. I dedicate a cartridge converter pen with replaceable nibs for each iron gall ink. I sometimes use a pen I'm willing to throughout when I can't resurrect it any more.CONCLUSION:Platinum Classic Lavender Black is a beautiful well behaved ink. I'm glad I got a sample and will consider a bottle in the future.

Bay J.
Love it

Love watching this ink dry. Great color, more red violet than expected but I like it.


This color writes lighter and then dries to a nice dark color. It writes so well with my TWSBI Fine nib in my Hobo cousin.

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.