This is a first and a mini review. To me personally the colour, shading and sensation are important. Yet, I can forgive many things, if the ink has that je ne said quoi factor.
In preparing this review, I appreciated many times more, the work of so many reviewers, that I've enjoyed over the years, thank you.
From what I understand Red Cashmere, in its powdered form, was the genesis of Black Stone inks, in Australia. I was intrigued by this ink, thinking it would be a nice sheening variation, albeit darker version of Rouge Hematite, but cheaper.
My sample came from fountainfeder and it was the first ink I excitedly tried...
I was taken aback by the colour as it transformed from a full throated luscious red into dark, almost blackish red. But it grew on me as I played around with it, especially when I could appreciate its shading, which can be quite dramatic, especially in scans.
To me it's a reddish version of Ancient Copper.
One issue, I found with this ink was startup. Nothing that a dip in a water wouldn't solve, but still. I hope it was a fluke. The ink has low to non water resistance on Tomoe River paper, but can survive pouring taking a short shower on cheap absorbent paper.
I used a vintage Conway Stewart with OB flex nib and Jinhao 450, with a medium nib for my testing and Rhodia notebook.
I wish I had other dark reds, shading inks to compare with, but I will leave that to the more seasoned members of this forum.
Close up photo:
Water test on cheap amazon copy paper... Notes that Amethyst de L'Oural with a fude nib, feathered into a bird.....
Most survived the water...but with Tomoe River they just washed out.....
- Yours ink-ly