Ink Review: De Atramentis Aubergine

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This De Atramentis Ink is an absolutely stunning color.  Deep and saturated, but still with a very decent amount of shading.  It flows very smoothly, but man oh man. This ink BLEEDS if you put it in a wet pen.  To wit:

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This is on Rhodia paper, mind you.  This paper almost never bleeds.  But here.  Bleed city.  I even had it bleed through Clairefontaine Triomphe stationary and Clairefontaine 90g Notebook paper…and usually nothing bleeds through those two.  I also noticed a surprising amount of feathering on my tests.  So, as much as I love this color (and I really do), I have to be careful not to use it in excessively wet pens.

Here’s a close-up of the shading.
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Overall, I love the color of the ink, and it looks spectacular on Ivory paper. But as previously mentioned, this is not an ink for a very wet pen. The dry time is pretty good considering how wet it flows. This, for me, is an ink for writing letters, but couldn’t be used for taking notes or writing quickly in a journal where you might need to turn pages before the ink dries completely.