I like red inks and I use them on every day basis. I'd like to present you short comparison of ten colors.
Of course it would be great to compare more reds but then my samples of Oxblood and Monaco Red are empty. Next time.
So the inks I've compared are (in alphabetical order):
BRILLIANT RED - Diamine
BRILLIANT RED - Pelikan
BURGUNDY RED - Montblanc
CIEMNY CZERWONY (Dark Red) - Nicpoń*
*Nicpoń is chemistry PhD Student that's active on Polish fountain pen network. He'c created limited line of nice, saturated inks in many colors.
GARNET RED - Graf von Faber-Castell
MATADOR - Diamine
MORINDA - Rohrer & Klingner
RED - Hero
RED DRAGON - Diamine
RUBY - Diamine
There was an accident. I was ready to make "splash painting" with Ruby. The sample was standing near the sink, I don't know why, but I've abruptly turned and my hand pushed the sample. The rest of the ink flow down the sink to some foreign lands. Ruby is a great color, so it's a pity I couldn't compare it this way.
SWABS ON SCAN (Canon MP 250)
SWABS ON PHOTO
FEW DROPS OF INK ON KITCHEN TOWEL
TEXT WRITTEN WITH PILOT 78G, B NIB in Oxford notebook
TEXT WRITTEN WITH PILOT 78G, B NIB in notebook
TEXT WRITTEN WITH PILOT 78G (B NIB) IN CALENDAR
TEXT WRITTEN ON CHEAP PAPER (inks are listed as above)
TEXT WRITTEN ON CHEAP COPY PAPER PRINTED WITH DOTS
RED DRAGON stomps. It's amazing deep color. I love it. Second and third place are taken by CIEMNY CZERWONY and MORINDA / MATADOR ex-aequo. There are also colors I dislike, namely: Pelikan's BRILLIANT RED (it sucks: I can't find anything interesting about this ink), GARNET RED (moderate flow, dull), BURGUNDY RED (dull, not interesting).
What's your opinion? You can choose few inks from the poll.