I’ve really enjoyed Kobe#4 and Noodler’s Tiananmen (which is well named as it strongly resembles blood). Both have been well behaved for me, even in Lamy Safari with Broad nib I haven’t had any issues with feathering or bleed through (occ ghosting on copier paper). The Noodler’s is considerably less expensive and available.
Thanks for this. I was digging through my samples last night and I already have one of Tiananmen which I had completely forgotten about. I'm actually looking for an excuse to try a Kobe or 10 since I generally love Sailor inks and Vanness has started carrying them.
Search for reviews of Noodler's Nikita Red. I recommend it as a pure red with some beautiful shading. I'm not sure if it has the other characteristics you're looking for.
Again, thank you. Nikita hadn't been on my radar before, but I will check it out.
As someone with experience using Jinhao pens (x450, x750, 159) and quite a few Diamine inks, I'll tell you right now: give up on using Jinhao x450 with stock nib on cheap copy paper. It's far too wet.
You MIGHT be able to make it work with Fine or extra fine replacement nib. But I'd recommend getting Platinum Preppy with extra fine nib and refilling the cartridge with whatever ink you like.
Hmmmm... Well, I'm not ready to give up just yet. DH isn't a fan of Preppys and he loves the red/gold swirl finish on that Jinhao. I may just have to so a bit of alchemy to get the result he wants, which is a great deal of fun.
Dvalliere is right. In terms of a red ink that’s going to do well in Fine to Extra Fine nibs, on crummy paper, consider Sheaffer brown.
Thank you! I had looked at Sheaffer red, but you're right: the brown is very red. When I order some samples I'll have to get both and (possibly) mix them to see what we end up with.
Not Sheaffer red? *confused*
I looked at some swabs after Bobje suggest it and the brown looks VERY red.
As far as Diamine Sargasso Sea is concerned, it is a really saturated ink. If it's a part used bottle and starts to evaporate some water, then it becomes even more saturated. Many users add a little distilled water to it before use and that seems to work. Some users report crud on some pen nibs when they use Ancient Copper. I haven't experienced that.
Sailor inks are usually very wet and they stain more than some other brands. They will feather and show through on your cheap copy paper.
Sargasso Sea is a different project, but I may have to try that. It is a lovely color but I've had clogging, crusting, and dry time problems with it. Staining isn't an issue for me; I just use in in a converter pen instead of a demonstrator. The only pen I've tried that hasn't developed Ancient Copper crust is my Lamy 2000.
Like Diamine inks, performance & behaviour between Sailor inks varies considerably. It’s not my experience that Sailor inks stain more across the range as a whole. I’ve had far more staining & other problems with Diamine than any other brand other than Noodler’s. But as usual YMMV.
That has been my experience as well. My Sailor inks, along with Iroshizuku and De Atrementis, are very well behaved even though they do not all behave the same way. Noodlers is Noodlers and each ink is a new adventure. I've not had much luck with Diamine, but freely admit that I haven't used enough of their range to give them a fair shake.
Thanks! that is an interesting color.