VIolet Blue – Graf von Faber-Castell

Graf von Faber-Castell was founded in 1761 and developed into the major manufacturer of wood-cased pencils. With time they started to offer much broader range of products. Few years ago company’s introduced six inks. Recently they’ve added three new colors to the line.

  1. Carbon Black
  2. Cobalt Blue
  3. Deep Sea Green
  4. Garnet Red
  5. Hazelnut Brown
  6. Midnight Blue
  7. Moss Green
  8. Royal Blue
  9. Stone Grey

Violet Blue is the newest addition to Graf von Faber-Castell line of inks. I was disappointed by last three inks (Deep Sea Green, Royal Blue, Midnight Blue) and always thought that they lack solid violet/purple in the line. Once I saw pictures of new Violet Blue on La Couronne du Comte websiite I was interested to try it, however after reading reviews of the ink I’ve decided to buy cartridges, not a bottle to try it and see how bad it really is.

Well, I thought I would hate this ink but it’s not the case. It’s subdued and subtle. In really wet nibs or broader ones it can have some charm, especially for people who enjoys all kind of shades of Lavender leaning weak Violet. I don’t so I qwon’t use this ink after posting this review. What I can say to help you make chouice if it’s worth the money? Well, the flow is decent but not very good, it offers some shading but because the ink isn’t saturated it won’t be prominent / exciting in drier pens. In theory it’s water resistant but In my opinion the faint greyish trace left after soaking the paper isn’t perfectly ligible.

In other words – I’m again disappointed by new GvFC ink offering. It’s sad because when they’ve entered the market with first six colors I was in awe. I liked them all (except Garnet Red for everything and black – for color). The last four addtions are average at best. I hope they’ll offer something as good as Moss Green again (we can discuss the color but this ink behaves perfectly well on all pens, in my experience).


Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Software ID


Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B




Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B




Oxford, Duke, F/M



No-name copy-paper (japanese – I’ve received invoice from Kyo-iro producers on it, I always try to use free spaces on the papers 😉 ) – Faber-Castell Ondoro, M




Water resistance



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