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Comparison: Deep Dark Red With Oxblood And Red Dragon

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#1 smiorgan

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 18:39

Just a quick one, as I bought some DDR to make up the postage when ordering DD Purple (oh noes, more ink).

 

I've compared Red Dragon and Oxblood before on my blog.

 

Difference between those and DDR is subtle, to say the least. Scans are a bit more saturated than normal light but you get the idea.

 



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#2 Charles Rice

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 18:42

I like those!  What brand?



#3 Cerbervs

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 18:50

They are all Diamine, but DDR ( Deep Dark Red) is exclusive to cultpens.com.



#4 smiorgan

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 21:28

I like those!  What brand?

 

Whoops, my bad. 

 

They are all Diamine, but DDR ( Deep Dark Red) is exclusive to cultpens.com.

 

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 14:08

I have DDR and Red Dragon and they are two of my favorites. Hope you'll consider doing a DDPurple review...

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 17:20

I find myself using Private Reserve Burgundy Mist and Noodler's Tianemem, & Widow Maker alot these days.  The deeper reds and brownish reds are pleasing to the eye and a little out of the ordinary for general use without being jarring.  Red Dragon looks a little bright for my taste unless I were writing a note in a greeting card or some such thing.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 18:14

Ooooffff.  That Red Dragon is nice.  I'm working my way through my Oxblood at the moment (quickly - it's in my main marking pen) and wanted something brighter but not much brighter.

 

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 21:08

Ooooffff.  That Red Dragon is nice.  I'm working my way through my Oxblood at the moment (quickly - it's in my main marking pen) and wanted something brighter but not much brighter.
 
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Red Dragon isn't much brighter, but it is a purer red than Oxblood. The scan exaggerates things. Great for mark up.

Oxblood flows a bit better, but RD is fine and I prefer it in a drier pen.

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 22:30

Good comparisson! I was looking for a perfect blood red long time and finally came up with Red Dragon. It flows well in my burgundy Sheaffer 1250 Lifetime and makes a particularly nice contrast on cream papers. By the way, I also compared Red Dragon with Diamine's Monaco red, which is brigther and orange-ish.


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#10 Steffen Larsen

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 10:08

Deep Dark Red and Oxblood are rarities: dark reds for (almost) daily use in a wet pen when they look wonderfully saturated. I have the one or the other in a Platinum Fine (i.e. QUITE fine) for quick notes and similar, intending to compare it with bright greens later.
I have not dared any other reds, well knowing it would only be for the fun of it,  not having made up any other excuses, but Red Dragon has for some time seemed quite particular ...nah, let's not.

 

This said, I have not tried them in one of my usually dry Safaris. I think I shall.


Edited by Steffen Larsen, 20 January 2014 - 10:14.


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 22:49

Very nice comparison. Thank you.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 21:26

Nice, I just brought Red Dragon, but I'm definitely sure, I will buy Oxblood as well.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:47

Deep Dark Red is tremendous in the 1.1 mm Italic Lamy Joy. It is FUN, and looks very good.
And it makes my handwriting more legible.  An advantage of using an italic nib is that it forces you to slow down just that extra bit, whereas normal nibs come without brakes.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 12:51

Ooooffff.  That Red Dragon is nice.  I'm working my way through my Oxblood at the moment (quickly - it's in my main marking pen) and wanted something brighter but not much brighter.
 
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Posted 23 February 2014 - 05:26

hmm, I have been trying to decide which of the many red inks available  I want first for my red Lamy Safari when I get it, and I think I'm going for the Red Dragon.   It will work perfectly for what I want it for - editing.

 

Thanks for the comparison.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 12:54

I just got the Diamine sampler recently from Goulet. I did some q-tip tests of them all in my sketchbook, and there was an obvious difference between oxblood and red dragon, but in the pen I can't really seem to tell them apart (Safari Fine). I've gone through stuff I wrote in oxblood and added notes and accents in red dragon and I really don't see much differenece if any. There's a barely perceptible amount of less brown to the red dragon. Just my 2 cents. 


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 21:53

I just got the Diamine sampler recently from Goulet. I did some q-tip tests of them all in my sketchbook, and there was an obvious difference between oxblood and red dragon, but in the pen I can't really seem to tell them apart (Safari Fine). I've gone through stuff I wrote in oxblood and added notes and accents in red dragon and I really don't see much differenece if any. There's a barely perceptible amount of less brown to the red dragon. Just my 2 cents. 

The difference is subtle, but would appear greater with a wider - and or - wetter nib.


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 05:02

 

I just got the Diamine sampler recently from Goulet. I did some q-tip tests of them all in my sketchbook, and there was an obvious difference between oxblood and red dragon, but in the pen I can't really seem to tell them apart (Safari Fine). I've gone through stuff I wrote in oxblood and added notes and accents in red dragon and I really don't see much differenece if any. There's a barely perceptible amount of less brown to the red dragon. Just my 2 cents. 

 

My take is Ox Blood is more like dried blood maybe like on a scab, a brownish red.

Red Dragon seems to be a cleaner red.

As was mentioned, you need  a wet and wide pen to see some of the differences.  With some of my F nibs, the ink color has to be significantly different to see the difference.  Your Lamy F nib is like my old Parker M, so with enough ink flow, you should be able to see some shading.  It might be that your nib is writing a little dry.  I had to adjust both of my 1.1 nibs to give me more ink flow.

 

Like Steffen, I have a Sheaffer red+black mix in my Lamy joy with a 1.1 nib (adjusted for more ink flow) and the dark red ink looks nice. 


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 06:27

Thank you for the comparison.  :thumbup:



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 13:42

I have just bought Deep Dark Red, and I think it's fabulous.





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