Caran d’Ache “Ultra Violet”: a dusty purple
Ink name: Caran d’Ache “Ultra Violet”
Unit capacity: 50 ml (glas flacon)
Price: ca. 26 €
Price per ml: ca. 0,52 €
|Leuchtturm 1917||Standard copy paper|
|Color||matte, dusty dark purple||flat violet-purple|
|Shading||pronounced – dusty-pale to dark||some|
|Wetness||moderately wet – lubricates nicely||ok|
|Drying time||18 sec.||1 sec.|
|Smudging when dry||no||no|
|Regular smear test||ok||ok|
|Left-page smear test||ok||ok|
Handwritten review on Leuchtturm 1917 paper
Handwritten review on standard photocopying paper
Purple inks are something special, as they are a bit unusual. They are not your usual green, red, blue or black. At the same time they can be about as legit as a blue or black ink, for instance in business or school settings. This makes them an interesting alternative to the aforementioned – with the potential to be a bit of a signature ink to be written with.
The Caran d’Ache “Ultra Violet” from the “Chromatics” ink series is, colorise, a wonderful example of a purple/violet ink. It appears as a matte, dusty dark purple on chream’ish paper such as the Leuchtturm – which is how I enjoy it the most.
On standard white copy paper, the color appears as a bit of a flat violet-purple. It still looks beautiful, but is less interesting – which is also due to the shading being much less pronounced on standard paper than on the less absorbent Leuchtturm paper, where the ink shades in pronounced ways.
Ultra Violet is a rather wet ink, which lubricates nicely. Unfortunately, some of this wetness and lubrication seems to come at a price. In the test here, it causes very long dry times (18 sec. +) on less absorbent paper such as the Leuchtturm, and feathering as well as bleed through on the more absorbent standard paper (where it dries really fast, as it is sucked into the paper rather swiftly).
Pricewise, this ink is definitely on the very pricy side of things. More expensive than the Pelikan Edelstein or the Graf von Faber-Castell inks, and even more expensive than the (in Europe) pricy Pilot Iroshizuku inks, the Caran d’Ache commands a very steep premium.
As for its ‘leftyness’, there is unfortunately no stamp of approval. On some papers, the dry time is simply too long for that, really. On other papers, the ink gets sucked right in and bleeds through, which isn’t necessarily more useful.
I hope this was helpful – feel free to check out my other ink reviews as well.