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Gamma "raduga-2" Red Ink Review

gamma raduga raduga-2 red ink review

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#1 Intensity



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Posted 23 June 2020 - 00:12

Recently an interesting ink landed on my desk, courtesy of an exciting PIF by Amberleadavis.  This Russian ink is by Gamma from a "Raduga-2" (Rainbow-2) product series in red color.




I did not know what to expect, so I opened the bottle and gave it a sniff, out of curiosity.  There's a bit of a chemical smell to the ink that brought on a wave of nostalgia: it reminded me of old pigment inks I used to use as a child; when they were mixed with water, I could smell something similar.  Of course it's been some long time since, so I could be wrong, but I definitely had a strong association with this scent and some paints from my early years.


The nostalgia did not end there!  When I first filled a fairly dry pen with the ink and wrote a few lines, I was immediately reminded of old red ballpoint ink I used to use, also in my school days.  This ink makes a very convincing imitation of such an ink, particularly when used with a fine-medium round point fountain pen with conservative flow. 


It's not really an inspiring kind of ink with great complexity, but a fairly basic pinkish-murkyish watery red.  Dry, low lubrication, flushes out easily from a pen.  Water resistance is low, but some ink does remain after a water spill, though fuzzy and not very clear unless washed neatly and dabbed with a clean tissue right away.


This kind of ink works really well in a flexy pen, because the dry, translucent consistency is very "buildable", resulting in more noticeable shading.  Thus I switched to an FPR Himalaya fountain pen with an ultraflex nib and a high-flow ebonite feed for the bulk of images in this post.  Otherwise you might expect a look such as an example on Tomoe River paper below.


Color: Translucent red with some definite pink components, but also not a "clean" color.  There's a note of wine red to it, with a light murky grayish-brown tinge.  It will shift between more red-pink and brownish-red depending on ambient light conditions.




Scan of a Fabirano Bioprima paper sheet - less pink in person:




Scan, with some other inks for color context:




Close-up photographs, more color-accurate than the scan:










On Tomoe River:




Thank you, Amberleadavis, for this curious blast from the past!

Edited by Intensity, 23 June 2020 - 00:53.

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#2 5Cavaliers


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Posted 23 June 2020 - 00:25

Great review!  Thank you.  This isn't really my color of red though.  

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 00:41

Thanks!  That was a great review!

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 00:47

Beautiful review of an unfamiliar ink!

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 00:52

Oops, I forgot to add a photograph of the Col-o-Ring splash, fixed.

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 07:01

Beautiful review, thank you!

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 11:47

Puts my review in the for amateurs only section!

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 15:05

Thanks for sharing the story and memories...... I'm not sure if the ink deserves it, but then again, anything that provokes memories like a Madeleine dunked in a cup of tea is worthwhile that moment  :)

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 20:14

This is a fabulous review much better than I would have done thank you.

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Posted 25 June 2020 - 13:29

That is a wonderful review! Thank you!!

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