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    Default Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Royal Purple

    Today I'm reviewing TWSBI 1791 Royal Purple ink. This is one of the TWSBI special edition inks that is available either in single 18ml bottles or as a set of 6 x 18ml bottles of different coloured inks.

    "The 1791 series comes from a book written in China in the year 1791 called “Dream of Red Chambers”. It’s one of China’s 4 great classical novels and TWSBI picked colours out of the buildings and descriptions within this book for this series of inks."

    TWSBI 1791 Royal Purple is a slightly red leaning, unsaturated, purple dye based ink, that flowed very well and didn’t feel at all dry through my pens. Lubrication across the paper was very smooth and this ink felt really nice to write with in my pens. I experienced no start-up problems after leaving the cap off while I was doing dry times and comparison ink tests. I saw some shading but no sheen.

    The main pen used for this review is a TWSBI Eco with 1.1mm stub nib as I wanted to check how well the ink would clean out of TWSBI piston filling pens. I found that the ink cleaned out easily and it washed off of my hands easily. Only a very slight trace of purple was left on the feed inside the barrel after flushing water through the pen once.

    Thanks to The Writing Desk for supplying this sample for review purposes.

    • Flow Rate: Very good. Not dry.
    • Lubrication: Very smooth.
    • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
    • Start-up: Immediate.
    • Saturation: Unsaturated ink.
    • Shading: Some shading seen.
    • Show-through/Bleed-through: None seen.
    • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen.
    • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen.
    • Staining (pen): Not seen - very easy clean-up with water.
    • Staining (hands): Very easy to wash off hands.
    • Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
    • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof and has no water resistance.
    • Availability: Available in 18ml bottles and as a combo pack of 6 bottles from The Writing Desk and other outlets worldwide.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Royal Purple

    Thanks, Chrissy. I like this kind of purple. But from this comparison, I still like Diamine's most (Majestic). That's my purple standard!

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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Royal Purple

    Thanks for the review! I know it's your standard, but it always blows me away of how many details you have thought of to make an ink review this thorough. You're spoiling us.

    This is the exact colour of grave candles I always buy. So I like the colour, but I'm not sure if I want it in my pen.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Royal Purple

    Thanks Chrissy - you know I'm a big fan of these TWSBI inks and this is no exception. I wish they'd make some more, as I think I like their inks rather more than most of their pens if I'm honest (with the exception of the Go, which is just fun). Your review very much echos my own thoughts, but in a much more coherent way!

    I noticed that Write Here had them at a better price than most other places in the UK at the moment, both in the set and as individual bottles. Just sayin'...

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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Royal Purple

    Quote Originally Posted by TSherbs View Post
    Thanks, Chrissy. I like this kind of purple. But from this comparison, I still like Diamine's most (Majestic). That's my purple standard!
    You're welcome. I agree that Diamine Majestic Purple is a classic slightly red leaning purple.

    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
    Thanks for the review! I know it's your standard, but it always blows me away of how many details you have thought of to make an ink review this thorough. You're spoiling us.

    This is the exact colour of grave candles I always buy. So I like the colour, but I'm not sure if I want it in my pen.
    You're welcome. I try to include any details that might matter.

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Thanks Chrissy - you know I'm a big fan of these TWSBI inks and this is no exception. I wish they'd make some more, as I think I like their inks rather more than most of their pens if I'm honest (with the exception of the Go, which is just fun). Your review very much echos my own thoughts, but in a much more coherent way!

    I noticed that Write Here had them at a better price than most other places in the UK at the moment, both in the set and as individual bottles. Just sayin'...
    You're welcome I really like them too and I'm sure you know you now you have my attention. I'm very tempted.....
    Regards, Chrissy | My Blog: inkyfountainpens

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