Diamine Tyrian Purple

Manufacturers since 1864, Diamine Inks relocated to this purpose built ‘state of the art’ factory in Liverpool in 1925, where they successfully carried on using the traditional methods and formulas for ink production. Over the years the company has changed hands and are now located close to the world famous Aintree Race Course



Tyrian Purple is named after a reddish-purple dye made in Tyre, Phoenicia, from sea snails. Huge numbers of snails were collected and boiled in lead vats. The dye was meant to mimic clotted blood, and it was available mainly to the rich.
I used to like this ink but nowadays, I don’t think it’s particularly good. It lacks saturation. It feels dryish in certain pens. Sure, drying time is reasonable and it doesn’t clog the pen.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Software ID

Color range

Leuchtturm 1917 – Kaweco AL Sport, medium nib

Tomoe River – Kaweco AL Sport, broad nib

Herlitz, Hero 5028, stub 1.9

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