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Diamine Monaco Red - A Lovestory Between a Nib and an Ink


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#1 dandelion

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 21:47

This is an ink that makes me ridiculously happy. It is a deep, vibrant, warm red. But it is neither brownish or and orange red. I knew I liked this red ink, but it was when it fell in love with my F/XF (uncertain which size it is) Montblanc 146 nib I realised how lovely this ink is! The nib brought out the best of this red and the ink brought out the best of the nib. This might be a somewhat silly review, but it is hard to be a cynic when writing with this ink. The flow is - as with basically all the Diamine inks I've encountered - excellent and the feathering very moderate on Moleskine. All in all a great ink. A red that can (and should) be used as much more than correcting. :)
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Posted 21 August 2009 - 21:50

I was looking for a red ink - this may be the one - thanks.

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 21:55

Great review, Dandelion!

It's my favorite Red!

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:10

I adore this ink. And I'm not normally a big red fan, but this ink is fabulous.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:29

Love the red. Love the review. And really love the handwriting.
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Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:52

I adore this color. It's currently sitting in my burgundy Pelikan 140. :thumbup:

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:55

This one goes on this list. Thanks for the review!
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Posted 22 August 2009 - 03:09

Thank you for sharing this review with us.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 04:27

My all time favorite red is Omas Vespucci Red. However, now that it is no longer available, Monacco Red has taken its place.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 05:20

Nice ink, nice review.
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Posted 22 August 2009 - 07:41

I've had this one around for quite a while. The first ink I bought from Diamine direct. I still love it. It is such a warm, happy colour without being 'in your face' Its the only red I use on a regular basis.
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#12 dandelion

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 17:03

Thanks for kind response. I thought it got somewhat silly, but this is such a lovely red inviting to draw hearts and such things. :)
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Posted 22 August 2009 - 21:16

Super review - thanks :)

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 19:56

Thank you for reviewing. Does the scan look pretty much like the real ink? I've seen a lot of scans that look kind of light and faded, but most people seem to say that the ink is dark. I really like my Noodler's Tiananmen, but I've been looking for a true red as well, and this seems to fit the bill.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 20:08

QUOTE (Tsujigiri @ Aug 26 2009, 09:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thank you for reviewing. Does the scan look pretty much like the real ink? I've seen a lot of scans that look kind of light and faded, but most people seem to say that the ink is dark. I really like my Noodler's Tiananmen, but I've been looking for a true red as well, and this seems to fit the bill.


Yes, on my screen it looks very much like it does on the paper. It is a deep, warm, fullbodied, red - not burgundy or brownish; just a deep, intense red. It hasn't looked faded in any of my pens. If you order directly from Diamine you can get it in a 30 ml bottle for about £2.50. If you buy three small bottles you usually get a pack of 18 assorted cartridges with Diamine ink.
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 21:40

QUOTE (dandelion @ Aug 26 2009, 04:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Tsujigiri @ Aug 26 2009, 09:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thank you for reviewing. Does the scan look pretty much like the real ink? I've seen a lot of scans that look kind of light and faded, but most people seem to say that the ink is dark. I really like my Noodler's Tiananmen, but I've been looking for a true red as well, and this seems to fit the bill.


Yes, on my screen it looks very much like it does on the paper. It is a deep, warm, fullbodied, red - not burgundy or brownish; just a deep, intense red.


I'll second that. On my screen it looks very much like it does on paper for me.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 22:47

i was expecting a deeper red than what i got. it could be the nib i'm using (p21 fine nib). it appears a bit orangy... not what i want. i've yet to see it in a nice broad nib!!!!

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 01:25

This is my favorite red. Great review!
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 02:39

This is the kind of review that makes people order ink!
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 02:54

QUOTE (lefty928 @ Aug 26 2009, 07:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is the kind of review that makes people order ink!


I think it will be in my case. Thanks for the tip, Dandelion! I didn't realize their ink came in 30mL bottles, I like the look of them.






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