Hi there, fountain pen friends! Madigan here. The elusive purple pen many of you (and myself included) have been anxiously awaiting has finally arrived! I cannot contain my excitement over today’s release of the oh-so-beautiful Lamy Safari Dark Lilac. I’ve fallen in love the gorgeous matte purple body and the black nib and clip. It’s the perfect pen to round out my collection!

One of the great thing about Lamy Safaris is that they are great for everyone, from beginners to fountain pen experts. Lamys are work horses- perfect for long writing sessions and lots of note taking. Swappable nibs make this pen customizable as well.

You may have been scouring our selection of purple inks at the Swap Shop to find the perfect ink to match this gorgeous pen. Gouletpens.com will, of course, be carrying the gorgeous Lamy Dark Lilac Ink in bottles, ink samples, and ink cartridges. It’s a gorgeous deep purple that will fit this pen perfectly. If you want to know more about it before making the purchase, read this excellent Ink Review by Mateusz Pitak.

Photo and Ink Review by Mateusz Pitak

I always like to have a couple of different ink options when using a new pen. I’ve put together some other inks that would look great with this pen. Need a new notebook to coordinate as well? I’ve taken care of that too. Take a look at my list of coordinating inks, paper, and accessories below to take the guesswork out of getting everything you need to enjoy your new Dark Lilac Safari!

Top Ink Recommendations:

1. Diamine Bilberry

Diamine Bilberry is a deep, dark purple, perfect for pairing with your new Dark Lilac fountain pen. It’s well behaved and even has a little bit of sheen when it pools. It also just has a fun name! You can get Diamine Bilberry in a number of sizes, making it great for those who want to commit to a full bottle or just dabble. Find it in a 80ml glass bottle for $14.95, a 30ml plastic bottle for $7.50, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25 all at Gouletpens.com.

2. De Atramentis Document Ink Violet

If you want a more permanent purple ink, the new De Atramentis Document Ink Violet is your best bet! These inks are steadfast, fairly fast drying, and some of my favorite permanent inks around. Fill up your Lamy Dark Lilac with De Atramentis Document Ink Violet to make a perpetual purple writing statement. You can find De Atramentis Document Ink Violet in 35ml bottle for $19.95 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.75 at Gouletpens.com.

3. Diamine Purple Pazzazz

If you want that wow factor, ink up your new Lamy Dark Lilac with Diamine Purple Pazzazz! This ink is a deep purple with a zing of glittering gold. It’s ideal for letting your writing shimmer and shine this spring. Get yours at Gouletpens.com in a 50ml bottle for $20 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.75.


There is a reason that Noodler’s Black is our best selling ink. Not only is it bulletproof (meaning water resistant and laser proof, you know, just in case you need that), it has great flow, is fairly feathering resistant, and is just an all around great ink. It would also match the clip and nib on the Lamy Dark Lilac perfectly. Noodler’s Black is available in a large 4.5oz bottle for $18, a 3oz bottle for $12.50, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

5. De Atrementis Document Ink Black

De Atramentis Document Ink Black is probably my favorite black in. It’s fairly quick drying, waterproof and has great flow. It is a little more expensive than the Noodler’s Black above, but if you are going to be using your new Lamy Dark Lilac for sketching, I highly suggest giving De Atrametnis Document Ink Black a try. It’s available in a 35ml bottle for $19.95 and a 2ml ink sample for $1.75 at Gouletpens.com.

6. Diamine Golden Sands

This is my contrasting ink suggestion! Purple and yellow are complimentary colors on the color wheel. Most yellow inks are somewhat hard to read in my opinion, but Diamine Golden Sands has a shimmer that makes it pop from the page. I love this ink so much I even did a Monday Matchup and Ink Review on it! If you’re looking for an ink that will stand out in your ink window, try this one. You can find Diamine Golden Sands at Gouletpens.com in a 50ml bottle for $20 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.75.

If none of these are doing it for you, give the Ink Sample Package- Bold Purples a try! It contains 8 of our top selling bold purple ink samples for $9.55.

Top Paper Recommendations:

1. Rhodia No.16 Dotpad

A Rhodia No.16 Notepad is a staple for fountain pen users. In fact, the first notebook I was handed when I walked into Goulet! The dot grid makes it great for sketching out ideas or simply writing in straight lines. The paper quality is fantastic for the price. Additionally, the black cover will go perfectly with the black trim on the Dark Lilac fountain pen. You can find the Rhodia No. 16 Dotpad at Gouletpens.com for $5.75.

2. Rhodia Rhodiarama Notebooks

Another great Rhodia option is the Rhodia Rhodiarama notebooks. While I’d personally go with one of the purples to match the Dark Lilac, some of the other colors like the light blue and brown, could really make the pen pop. These notebooks all come with lined pages of premium Rhodia paper, which is smooth slightly off white and incredible for fountain pens.

3. Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks

I love Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks! It matches paper quality with portability. The numbered pages and table of contents at the front make it easy to find what you’re looking for without tabs. The colors are also stellar. I can see the purple being a fantastic match for the Dark Lilac, but it might be fun to go with a black or yellow for contrast. You can find the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks in Medium for $19.50 and Large for $29 at Gouletpens.com.

4. Maruman Mnemosyne Notebooks

Maruman Mneomosyne Notebooks are another fantastic paper option for the Dark Lilac. Great paper quality available in several sizes and portrait and landscape styles. The imagination notebook is a particular favorite of mine- it’s perfect for sketching. You can find this line of notebooks at Gouletpens.com ranging from $2-$13 depending on the size.

Are you going to be getting the Dark Lilac? What ink and notebook will you be using with it? Let me know in the comments below!

Write on,