Ink Review: TWSBI Grape

TWSBI has new colors! Most of the time, this announcement means a new 580AL or Eco from TWSBI, but today I’m showing one of the new TWSBI ink colors.

TWSBI released 5 new colors in their ink lineup – Grape, Tangerine, Navy, Crimson, and Forest Green. I purchased a bottle of each at Vanness where the 18mL bottles were $6.50 each, coming in around $0.40 per mL.

The bottles for the 18mL inks are a beautiful frosted glass with a bit of heft for their size and, my favorite, are square for easy storage with other bottles. The packaging is secure and not excessive.

TWSBI grape was not the color I had imagined – I was expecting a much more purple ink.

Instead, Grape is not what I would label as purple at all but rather a deep fuchsia. Although the color was a surprise, I still love it. plenty of shading and a touch of a dark halo.

A swatch on Tomoe River paper:

A swatch on Cosmo Air Light paper:

I love the crisp outline on the CAL paper. As usual, the ink shows as a bit more blue on Cosmo Air Light.

I’ll be working my way through these inks in the near future! For now, here’s a glance at all five on Tomoe River paper:

and on Cosmo Air Light paper:


DISCLAIMER: The items included in this review were purchased by me and I was not compensated to write this review. Please see the About page for more details.

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  1. As soon as I saw it, I thought, “Oh that looks like a red wine.” But I would agree that the name is kind of misleading, and one would expect a more traditional purple rather than more of a red wine like color.

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