INK REVIEW: De Atramentis Jasmine

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 2.31.17 PMDe Atramentis Jasmine is surprising in a number of ways . . .

  • the scent is reminiscent of jasmine
  • the color isn’t very well saturated
  • it writes surprisingly well
  • there is zero water resistance

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I tested this ink in a Lamy Safari with a broad nib and there is some amount of shading going on:

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There are a lot of nice things about this ink. It writes great – no hard starts, no feathering, no bleeding or show through – but I just don’t like it.  The color is nothing special to me and I can’t imagine a situation when I’d want to write in this color.

Having said that, reviews on Goulet Pens are great for Jasmine, though one reviewer said that it bleeds on Filofax paper – good to know.

What do you think?  Love it? Hate it?

Oh, and in case you care about such things – I bought and paid for the sample size of this ink with my own pennies.

INK REVIEW: De Atramentis Giacomo Puccini


Hello, Puccini!

Giacomo Puccini fountain pen ink from De Atramentis is the kind of ink I could really love. The color is a rich, dark purple – eggplant. It writes very well – no issues with flow, no feathering, bleeding, or showing through to the other side of the paper. (The smears you see above are user error – I turned the sheet of Rhodia dot grid paper over and it was still wet.)

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This Puccini might be love!


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There is zero – zero – water resistance.


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Want to know a little secret? I love the “shreds” that tearing paper out of a notebooks leaves behind. Crazy, right? Crazy, but true. Mr. Pentulant hates them – cracks me up.

Anyway, I bought my sample from Goulet Pens and this ink has since been discontinued. I love it, but I also love Alexander Hamilton. To be honest, I find myself wondering if it’s the same ink. A long time ago, I asked Brian Goulet if there was a way to tell which of the various De Atramentis inks were which of the other De Atramentis inks – there’s not. So disappointing.  In any event, if you love Pucccini like I do, you might take a look at Hamilton and see if you love him, too. I think you will.


INK SWAB: 62/365 – De Atramentis Aubergine



De Atramentis is famous for making a zillion inks. And then they take some of them, add a little scent and name it something else. Some, they add the name of a famous person and then sell both of the inks.

I don’t think De Atramentis Aubergine is the same has Alexander Hamilton. Buuuut…the side of the bottle does say Aubergine. Which really just means purple (or eggplant, apparently).

I generally like De Atramentis inks. It’s a little annoying that they (nor no one else) has a color chart showing which inks are related to which others. If you know of such a chart, please let me know.