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Akkerman Hollandse Meesters #9 Steenrood Van Vermeer (Red)

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#1 Geert Jan

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 21:18

During a recent trip to The Hague I bought a couple of Akkerman inks at their store. After a fresh supply was brought in from the store room (apparently these inks are popular) I could test the inks using a toothpick. I already reviewed Ruisdael’s Stormachtig Blauw; this review deals with #9 'Steenrood van Vermeer’. The Steenrood (stone red) refers to the colour of bricks, and the picture by Vermeer illustrates the warm, mellow colour of those bricks, and so does this ink.

As I said the ink catches the colour of bricks very well, a warm reddish brown (or brownish red, if you prefer). I like this colour and this ink in general. A good flow, nice and wet. Drying times on Leuchtturm and a fairly wet Lamy M are between 10 and 15 seconds, but in real life it feels faster. What’s even better is the shading this ink shows. (again apologies for my handwriting)

 

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On all combination of nibs and paper I’ve observed shading, Shading great, sheen none. On Leuchtturm paper

 

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The ink takes a little time to dry (feels less than it actually does), after that it sits pretty solidly on the paper. This ink is not waterproof. A couple of drops of water sitting for 1 min, and next to that the results after keeping the paper under a running tap. Most of the ink is washed away, leaving just a vague impression of the ink

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I like this ink, its mellow colour, shading, and nice behaviour, but it will not be my main ink (for that I have a pool of blue inks).

 

To finish, this link shows you the painting that inspired this colour (also on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam)

https://www.rijksmus...ts#/SK-A-2860,2



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Posted 29 January 2017 - 17:55

Thanks for a nice review of a wonderful color. I have a particular interest in Vermeer, because he included my instrument, the harpsichord (or virginal) in several of his paintings.


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Posted 29 January 2017 - 19:15

The colour isn't for me, but the review is excellent, thanks :thumbup:

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 20:38

I have this ink, have used it, like it, & am looking forward to using it in the future. Thank you for the review.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 00:58

Thanks for the review.

Would you consider this more of brown or a red?  Any clue how it would compare to something like Noodler's Black Swan in English Roses (an ink I didn't really like, and isn't particularly well named...)?

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 03:26

Lovely review. I lived in Weesp for a year working as an expat, and I absolutely loved the Netherlands. Would love to see a Delft blue ink.

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 20:08

To inkstainedruth: would probably say it leans more to a brown, think terracotta. I cannot compare directly to the Noodler's ink (shipping from USA to Europe is pretty expensive). From what I've seen in other reviews, the Noodler's show even more in colour variation. It seems more a combination of two differently coloured inks than a single shading ink, for the Akkerman it's 'just shading'



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Posted 31 January 2017 - 22:49

To inkstainedruth: would probably say it leans more to a brown, think terracotta. I cannot compare directly to the Noodler's ink (shipping from USA to Europe is pretty expensive). From what I've seen in other reviews, the Noodler's show even more in colour variation. It seems more a combination of two differently coloured inks than a single shading ink, for the Akkerman it's 'just shading'

 

Thanks.  I like Diamine Terra Cotta, so that's a good reference point for me.

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 00:28

Excellent review of a beautiful ink I was recently gifted by a very generous fellow FPN member...and thanks for sharing the picture that inspired this ink. I find the ink very well behaved and a joy to write with. I'm a sucker for dark red and red brown inks and this is one of my favorites in that category. Recommend!

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