The full name of this ink is L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio Violet. Isn’t that lovely? The name is my favorite part. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve had delicious little candy drops with a very similar name. So, sure, I was tempted to drink it. It would have been the perfect accompaniment to the snack I’ve been craving (Tide Pods). But no. Apparently that’s “frowned upon.” Something something “poison.”
So, fine, the have-no-fun rules were in effect. I put Callifolio Violet in a pen — a Pelikan M620 Piccadilly Circus with fine nib.
Callifolio Violet seems to be a dry-writing ink: it wrote a very tight, narrow line with the Pelikan. That made the Pelikan’s fine nib seem narrower than usual, and I love that. Happily, startup and flow was perfect in the Pelikan. No guarantee it would be as good a match for a dry pen.
Here’s a writing sample on Rhodia. Words and music this time are from Annie Clark (St. Vincent).
The ink shades. (Extreme closeup time.)
And here is Callifolio Violet on cream-colored Tomoe River paper.
Callifolio Violet does very well on paper that isn’t particularly fountain-pen friendly. Many dry inks have that characteristic. With the fine nib, I saw almost no showthrough and no bleedthrough, and only the smallest amount of feathering. It also maintained its nice thin line without spreading, even on more absorbent paper.
As an example, here is Callifolio Violet on Staples Sustainable Earth legal pad paper, my standard “regular” paper.
I had to really enlarge that photo because the ink writes so tiny, but at least we get a good view of its excellent performance on poor paper.
Callifolio Violet was the second purple Ink Dip in a row for me; the first this year being Caran d’Ache Ultra Violet.
That’s a lot of purple for me, so, to make the time pass, it helped to compare the two inks. Does that remind you of the Count of Monte Cristo, writing tally marks on his cell wall for each day in prison? (And thinking about ingesting Tide Pods.) Well, good. This was a similar sort of injustice, and caused similar suffering.
So here is a comparison, with Callifolio Violet with the Pelikan fine nib above, and Caran d’Ache with Pelikan medium nib below.
Caran d’Ache Ultra Violet is plummier in color, and feels more sophisticated to me. Callifolio Violet is a more standard type of purple, and brighter. It’s perky. It felt like the purple you used in grade school. And it probably would be a good purple ink for school, behaving so well on poor paper.
In terms of writing feel, the Caran d’Ache was wetter and felt more lubricated, while Callifolio Violet was a drier ink.
In terms of aesthetic appeal, my reaction differed. I thought the Caran d’Ache ink was nice for a purple, and I still have it inked up. I thought the Callifolio ink was a nice purple, too, but I have to admit I cleaned it out of the pen as soon as these photos were taken. It just didn’t have anything special, for me, the non-lover of purple. But I’m sure fans of purple would feel differently.
Callifolio Violet did flush out of my pen very easily after being inked for about ten days. That’s a good characteristic, since purple ink can be among the hardest to clean. It is, however, pretty water resistant on both regular paper and fountain-pen friendly paper.
And the price is reasonable, at $12 for a 40 ml bottle.
Callifolio Violet seemed like a “normal” purple to me. Here are some comparisons to well-know purples.
Callifolio Violet is on the redder end of the scale.
It seemed closest to KWZ Gummiberry, among the purples I know.
So there you go.
Callifolio Violet: a nice normal purple, at a good price, and on the dry side.