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#1 CryptoDave

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 19:00

I would like any recommendations on an ink that is as close to a "blood" color as possible that is of excellent quality and will not stain the pen and be easy to clean.

When I say easy to clean, what I'm most concerned about is the ability to flush/clean the pen without it leaving any hard to remove residue.

So far I have found the following, not in any order of preference:

1. Diamine Oxblood (which seems to be sold out at most places)
2. Diamine Syrah (not sure how close to a blood color this is?)
3. Mont Blanc Alfred Hitchcock
4. Noodlers Red Black (which in some tests looks more brown than blood, and I'm not sure about how easy it will be to clean?)

Please suggest others and/or comment on the ones I have mentioned above.

Thanks,

Dave

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 19:20

I have a bottle of Diamine oxblood, and its about as blood red as it gets I think. On paper, it dries to a dried blood type color, so if you're looking for a bright "fresh blood" kind of red, your other options may be better suited. It does seem to sell out at many places more than most other colors, but it gets restocked rather quickly. Its a fun an interesting color, I'm sure you'll get some other good opinions here as well.

I would like any recommendations on an ink that is as close to a "blood" color as possible that is of excellent quality and will not stain the pen and be easy to clean.

When I say easy to clean, what I'm most concerned about is the ability to flush/clean the pen without it leaving any hard to remove residue.

So far I have found the following, not in any order of preference:

1. Diamine Oxblood (which seems to be sold out at most places)
2. Diamine Syrah (not sure how close to a blood color this is?)
3. Mont Blanc Alfred Hitchcock
4. Noodlers Red Black (which in some tests looks more brown than blood, and I'm not sure about how easy it will be to clean?)

Please suggest others and/or comment on the ones I have mentioned above.

Thanks,

Dave



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 19:31

MB Winterglow is bloody enough looking that when I had some one my hand, more than one person asked if I was cut. :roflmho:

Hitchcock is deeper, though.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 19:55

I would like any recommendations on an ink that is as close to a "blood" color as possible that is of excellent quality and will not stain the pen and be easy to clean.

When I say easy to clean, what I'm most concerned about is the ability to flush/clean the pen without it leaving any hard to remove residue.

So far I have found the following, not in any order of preference:

1. Diamine Oxblood (which seems to be sold out at most places)
2. Diamine Syrah (not sure how close to a blood color this is?)
3. Mont Blanc Alfred Hitchcock
4. Noodlers Red Black (which in some tests looks more brown than blood, and I'm not sure about how easy it will be to clean?)

Please suggest others and/or comment on the ones I have mentioned above.

Thanks,

Dave



FYI..All violet and red inks stain... .

My preferred red..the discontinued Omas Amerigo Vespucci..which I'm
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 20:07

I'm a big fan of N. Red-Black. It looks just like dried blood to me. A bit more subdued than the D. Oxblood. Nice shading in my opinion - it seems a bit less saturated than the Oxblood, which I like. I've never had any problems with cleanup with it at all. It is a pretty slow dryer, in my experience. Great ink!

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 20:12

I have used Oxblood, with some pens, and had no real issues cleaning.

The ink was only in the pen for a week or so, so it was not in long term.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 20:49

Noodlers Antietam for slightly dried blood, Diamine Matador for fresh looking 'wet' blood.


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 21:49

Diamine Oxblood. It is one of my favourite inks; I don't really fancy red inks much so that says a lot about how much I like Oxblood.
Besides that, there's Noodler's Black Swan In English Roses.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 22:10

You'll have to consider more exactly what you want: fresh blood or rather the dried version, e.g.:

http://www.fountainp...l=blood richard
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=81125


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 23:55

I've always thought Black Swan in English Roses looked rather blood-like. On my monitor, my scan looks a little less brown than on paper, but only a little. Smudged, it gets a dull, brownish red color, and written, it looks more reddish brown.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:18

When I say easy to clean, what I'm most concerned about is the ability to flush/clean the pen without it leaving any hard to remove residue.

So, what you're saying is that you're looking for something other than actual blood... :roflmho:

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:03

+1 for matador

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:07

Noodlers Antietam for slightly dried blood.

+1 on Noodler's Antietam. Most of the other "blood-like" reds out there have a blue cast or orange cast that veers away from actual blood. Antietam hits it squarely in the color department.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:26

Another +1 for Matador......

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:13

+1 for oxblood.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 14:01

All I can say is WOW! As usual you guys are fantastic, never let me down.

Thanks,

Dave

I think it's Oxblood for me. I'm looking for the "dried blood" color, not the wet red.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 14:38

Oxblood for me too. Lovely ink :)

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 15:25

another +1 for Diamine Matador

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 19:08

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I would like any recommendations on an ink that is as close to a "blood" color as possible that is of excellent quality and will not stain the pen and be easy to clean.

When I say easy to clean, what I'm most concerned about is the ability to flush/clean the pen without it leaving any hard to remove residue.

So far I have found the following, not in any order of preference:

1. Diamine Oxblood (which seems to be sold out at most places)
2. Diamine Syrah (not sure how close to a blood color this is?)
3. Mont Blanc Alfred Hitchcock
4. Noodlers Red Black (which in some tests looks more brown than blood, and I'm not sure about how easy it will be to clean?)

Please suggest others and/or comment on the ones I have mentioned above.

Thanks,

Dave



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:50

Today I inked up my Edison Beaumont with some Noodlers Red Black. I like the color, although I'm not sure I would call it a dried blood color, a little on the brown side. But it is a very well behaved ink, by that I mean it doesn't clog my pen or get sticky vs. the Massachusetts 54th ( I love the color) which is more "thicker/stickier" not as smooth (maybe due to fact that the 54th is a bullet proof ink?). I found the Red Black to feel more lubricating. Still love the color of both these inks.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:34

Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock is very nice but is getting to be "hard to find", as it is of limited production.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:22

All I can say is WOW! As usual you guys are fantastic, never let me down.

Thanks,

Dave

I think it's Oxblood for me. I'm looking for the "dried blood" color, not the wet red.


You won't be disappointed, it's a dark and wet ink that fits many uses. I have been using it for notes taking, correspondence, and annotations alike.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 13:59

I think you'll really like Oxblood. I find it a very impressive-looking ink. Enjoy!
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 15:02

Today I inked up my Edison Beaumont with some Noodlers Red Black. I like the color, although I'm not sure I would call it a dried blood color, a little on the brown side. But it is a very well behaved ink, by that I mean it doesn't clog my pen or get sticky vs. the Massachusetts 54th ( I love the color) which is more "thicker/stickier" not as smooth (maybe due to fact that the 54th is a bullet proof ink?). I found the Red Black to feel more lubricating. Still love the color of both these inks.

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There are two broad categories of Noodler's Bulletproof inks, most of them are cellulose reactive and act just like any other ink until they react with the paper fibers, Red Black actually has some cellulose reactive ink in it as the black component and that will remain indefinately on the paper. They also never clog your pen, a bit of tap water is all it takes to flush it out of the pen.

The other is a drying ink, Bad Blue Heron and Kung Te Cheng (and some others, though I've not figured out exact which ones). These tend to be thicker and sticky feeling, and can cause flow issues if not cleaned regularly. Pure water will not dissolve these once they dry, ammonia or other strong detergents are needed (dish soap won't do it either)

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 23:47


Today I inked up my Edison Beaumont with some Noodlers Red Black. I like the color, although I'm not sure I would call it a dried blood color, a little on the brown side. But it is a very well behaved ink, by that I mean it doesn't clog my pen or get sticky vs. the Massachusetts 54th ( I love the color) which is more "thicker/stickier" not as smooth (maybe due to fact that the 54th is a bullet proof ink?). I found the Red Black to feel more lubricating. Still love the color of both these inks.

Dave


There are two broad categories of Noodler's Bulletproof inks, most of them are cellulose reactive and act just like any other ink until they react with the paper fibers, Red Black actually has some cellulose reactive ink in it as the black component and that will remain indefinately on the paper. They also never clog your pen, a bit of tap water is all it takes to flush it out of the pen.

The other is a drying ink, Bad Blue Heron and Kung Te Cheng (and some others, though I've not figured out exact which ones). These tend to be thicker and sticky feeling, and can cause flow issues if not cleaned regularly. Pure water will not dissolve these once they dry, ammonia or other strong detergents are needed (dish soap won't do it either)



Yoda,,

Thanks for the reply. I appreciate your technical insight, very informative and explains what I have experienced with these two great inks.

Dave

Edited by CryptoDave, 09 January 2013 - 23:47.