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Nemosine – Aeolis Palus Red

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#1 crahptacular


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 03:22

Nemosine – Aeolis Palus Red


The new(ish) Nemosine inks looked reasonably priced (I paid around $10/35mL), came in attractive bottles, and had neat space-themed names, so I decided to try them out. So far, the two inks I bought (this one and Alpha Centauri purple) have performed quite well, with nothing for me to complain about. Overall I’m pretty impressed with the whole package, and will probably look into the other colors to see if there are any that interest me (the orange seems nice…). At this point in time, they have a relatively limited range of colors—10 in total, with 2 of them being glitter inks, which aren’t really my taste. A review of Alpha Centauri should be following this one somewhat shortly.


This ink is a well-saturated medium red. (Edit: realized "well" saturated isn't very a helpful description. Should be: moderately, but not highly saturated.) The color is strong, but not extremely bright—it’s not really one of those pop-off-the-page reds. I would categorize this as a "true" red, not leaning very far towards either orange or pink. That being said, it is a touch more on the orange side. There is some attractive shading in the writing, and when pooled (including flex writing), the ink forms a nice dark “halo” that looks like a black outline. This pooled ink reflects light (white/silver) but I wouldn’t call it sheen. Neither the halo nor the pseudo-sheen is visible in regular writing.  All in all, my only minor complaint is the naming. The ink is named after a region of Mars, and even though Mars is the “Red Planet,” this is definitely not the type of red that first comes to mind. I’d expect a rusty orange-y iron oxide color instead. To be fair, I've never personally been to Mars, so I can't say from experience that the color is inaccurately named... Disregarding my quibbles with the name, I do like this ink as a basic red, and it's a likely candidate to become my standard red marking ink when my current bottle runs out.


Lubrication: Moderate

Shading: Moderate

Sheen: Not really  

Water Resistance: Absolutely None (it's actually kind of amazing how clean the paper left behind is...)

Other notes: The ink looks more red on more absorptive papers, while a bit more orange comes out on less absorptive papers. In the writing samples you can see that on Tomoe River, the lighter shading parts can lean orange, whereas on Kokuya the color is more consistently red, even with shading.


The following sample was done with a Franklin-Christoph 28 (Broad Stub) on Tomoe River (52gsm, white, loose-leaf). Doodle was done with a size 3/0 mop and size 0 liner brush in addition to the pen. Flex writing was done with a Leonardt Principal dip nib.


Bad Scanner Disclaimer: Scan is better than photo. The scan is quite accurate across the board; the only issue is that the wash in the doodle is a bit too magenta. Photo is pale and more orange than it ought to be. Also the photo quality is just bad this time (sorry!).  On my monitor, the closest representation is the large smear in the scan.  








Comparison inks from left to right (big smear is the featured ink):

Diamine Vermillion, Diamine Wild Strawberry, KWZ Grapefruit, Robert Oster Fire Engine Red, KWZ Thief’s Red


Writing Samples (scans, no color correction) from Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt"


Maruman Mnemosyne:



Tsubame Fool’s University:



Kokuya Campus:


Tomoe River:


Edited by crahptacular, 22 September 2017 - 08:41.

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 05:46

Excellent review, but I don't really like the color.

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 17:56

Thanks for the review.  And, well, not.  

I have Alpha Centauri, I think, and the pale blue one that has shimmer dust in it (forget the name), but haven't tried them yet.  This one is a maybe for me. 

Guess I know what *I'm* doing tomorrow afternoon. :headsmack:  Going over to Birmingham Pens and going "Nick!  This is so UNFAIR!  I already have too many ink samples I haven't tried yet...."

Of course I *also* need to see if Birmingham Truss Blue is back in stock.....

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 21:25

Just bumping this because I recently tested all the 10 or 15 red inks I own on different kinds of good and bad paper, looking for something I could use in my ochem workbooks, and this one literlly stood head and shoulders above all others, including sheaffer skrip and waterman reds, it is very feather resistant and the red is very true, i hate reds that lean orange or pink.

I'm actually super bummed that this ink (the whole nemosine ink line, tbh, every color in it was a home run for me) was discontinued when nemosine merged over into Birmingham, because I only got one bottle.

Id buy ten more in a heartbeat. This is a basically perfect everyday utility red for good paper, bad paper, wider nibs, and still has nice visual pop

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Posted 04 August 2020 - 07:40

I liked the Nemosine line too. I saw them too late. Aeolis Palus red is a nice red. Another nice red of the past is Montblanc Corn Poppy Red.
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Posted 06 August 2020 - 04:15

Another nice red of the past is Montblanc Corn Poppy Red.



Oh, I didn't know that ink colour has been discontinued. I only bought and received my new bottle from LCdC recently on sale, and haven't even opened the box yet.

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 19:49

Thank you for the great review.

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