Enzo Ferrari And The Mystery Of The Purple Ink


Did you know that Enzo Ferrari used purple ink? Me, either. A recent discussion at FPN covered the details including a link to some examples at the Enzo Ferrari Museum. Image #4 looks like Diamine Violet while image #5 looks like Montblanc Violet but time has probably degraded both samples. Image #1 resembles both J. Herbin Violette Pensee and Waterman Violet. Confusing? Indeed. The common thread amongst the samples is vibrant color showing no hint of the gray component treasured in inks like J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune and Caran d’Ache Storm. Forget the “shrinking violet” look and go bold with your purple ink. Ferrari certainly did.

Purple Inks

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