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Brilliant Red - Pelikan 4001


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#1 visvamitra


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 17:38

The 4001 ink is a well-established brand by Pelikan from the very first beginning of the company. It was first mentioned in a price-list from 1897 and proved its worth within all the years. Ink 4001 was registered as a number only, during years there was plenty of colors on the market. However in recent years the line didn't change at all. Happily Pelikan decided to invest not only in Edelstein line but also in 4001 (much cheaper) line and introduced new ink (Dark Green) in january 2016. You may find it interesting that Pelikan 4001 are the only inks that can be bought practically in every B&M store in Poland. 


At the moment the line consists of 


  1. Blue - Black
  2. Brilliant Black
  3. Brilliant Brown
  4. Brilliant Green
  5. Brilliant Red
  6. Dark Green
  7. Pink (cartridges only)
  8. Royal Blue
  9. Turquoise
  10. Violet

I never liked Brilliant Red. In my opinion it's dry ink, rather unpleasant in use. Additionally i'm not keen on the color.




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#2 grainweevil


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 17:50

Thanks for the review, and I believe we are in agreement on this one. I like my 4001s as a rule, but this one is a retina-searing neon pink-orange stinker. In my experience it doesn't always play terribly well with the others either, so due warning to any budding ink mixers - this is not the time to skip a test run!

#3 Dragonmaster Lou

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 19:05

Not a fan of this color either. I also found it dry and not "red" enough for my taste... tending to be too much on the pinkish side.

#4 AndyKeir


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 08:31

It seems that Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Red is the ink everyone loves to hate :)
I have a bottle and even though it's more of an orange than a red, I really don't hate it that much.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 10:42

Exactly the kind of red I hate. More like a pale and undersaturated pink. JH Rouge Caroubier and De Atramentis Document Red are other reds of this kind. The worst is Sailor Storia Fire Red. 


You have to be vibrant to be red!  ;)

Edited by Lgsoltek, 26 February 2016 - 10:43.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 11:28

This colour is good for editing, but I would not use it for writing.
In my opinion it is not dark enough and it reading more than few pages written with it would put too much strain on my eyes.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 14:22

I think it's really cute!  That said, I'm gonna try the cartridges I have before committing to a full bottle.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 21:51

I think it's really cute!  That said, I'm gonna try the cartridges I have before committing to a full bottle.


I bought a 30ml bottle while I was buying some other Pelikan inks and the price wasn't much more than a pack of cartridges.
I've been using it in some cheap piston-filler calligraphy pens to practice. 

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 10:26

naah... not my color...


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Posted 05 March 2016 - 11:47

I'm looking for a red to use for annotating/correcting documents. This color looks OK for that purpose, given that it's not an expensive ink. But I would need some water resistance - how does this ink behave in that respect? Or is there another low-cost red ink you can recommend that is reasonably water-resistant?

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 21:52

Good lord, what an awful colour. Red, yellow, the ink blot is like a 1970s kitchen.

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 20:11

Yup, I used this ink when I was a kid... it was the red ink of choice

It always reminded me of the Merthiolate (Mercurechrome) that was used at the time to disinfect wounds... and it burned like %^%%$@


HAHA! Someone made a comparison to a different ink here!!


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 20:50

I was going to get a box of Brilliant Red when I order my Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Brown carts, but no. 

This colour is washed out, almost pink.  Not a fan.

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