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... With the Cardinal red Waterman 52 1/2v. Even though it's really expensive, I think it's worth saving for. So, where should I get it from when I have enough money and does anyone have any opinions? Is it worth saving even more to get one with a flex nib?
I originally posted this review on my blog. Please visit for more reviews like this one. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-J1QERw11URM/U7TBjQIKxdI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/X6jBSI7FES4/s1600/DSC_0466.JPG Introduction This is the fourth review in my series on Levenger inks. Thus far I've noticed that their properties are very consistent: most dry quickly and perform well on low-quality, absorbent paper. Cardinal Red mostly continues the trend with the exception of its longer dry time. I decided to try this ink because I needed a bright red for editing documents by hand. The ink is perfect for that purpose, so a bottle may find its way into my ink drawer. If you're interested in this ink, it's often on sale for $10 with free shipping from Amazon, making it an excellent value for your money. I was in no way compensated for this review, and this review contains my honest opinions about the ink. Specifications: Manufacturer: Levenger Color: RedMSRP: $12Actual Price: $12Price I paid: I bought this as part of the Levenger Ink Sampler for $12 while it was on sale. I would highly recommend this ink sampler as it is the only way to try Levenger's inks without buying full bottles.Amount of Ink: 50 mlCost per ml: 24¢/ml at $12 Bottle: Glass; It includes a reservoir Where to Buy: All of Levenger's inks are exclusive to their website.* * All prices are the prices at the time of this review's writing on July 1, 2014 Properties: Sheen: NoneShading: Hardly noticeableWater Resistance: Somewhat water resistantFeathering: Minimal on copier paperBleed through: ModerateShow through/ Ghosting: HighDrying Time: FastWetness: AverageLubrication: Well lubricatedStaining: I haven't noticed any staining. Cleaning: The ink cleans out of a pen easily Nib Creep: Minimal- Nib creep doesn't bother me because it has no effect on the writing experience.Okay on Copier Paper?: If you're using the ink only for editing or grading papers, it performs very well. For more intensive writing, the show through may be bothersome. Writing Sample:Pen: Visconti Rembrandt FinePaper 1: Levenger Circa PaperPaper 2: Copier PaperPaper 3: Black n' Red NotebookPaper 4: Flashcard for the Extended Soak Test (2 hours) http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5qqkp6xPpnA/U7eYuVKLogI/AAAAAAAAAiE/qoHRXpbSVyU/s1600/DSC_0509.JPG http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IEyEnkxYUNA/U7TBbku4zwI/AAAAAAAAAhE/RZskYL-Rc9w/s1600/SCAN0048.JPG http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-x6RxEoNRN0s/U7eYyWlOzaI/AAAAAAAAAiU/XpNRpIxmIJA/s1600/DSC_0497.JPG http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OH-ny79k3_A/U7TBlyh9-1I/AAAAAAAAAhk/ecCv5iZ9tlM/s1600/SCAN0050.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MVOuWDP21zg/U7eY4vygZFI/AAAAAAAAAic/SLETRDqi_wk/s1600/DSC_0524.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QI2Wav6KhuM/U7TBpzhlADI/AAAAAAAAAhw/s4YosBkRApI/s1600/SCAN0052.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kh8QYtH7kAg/U7TBW_FlboI/AAAAAAAAAg0/pgZ69Ek7Agk/s1600/SCAN0046.JPG http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RXsJTvZ5rbw/U7TAdQ3sj2I/AAAAAAAAAgE/Wwgic6PBfdM/s1600/SCAN0053.JPG Levenger Cardinal Red is a fantastic red ink, but it isn't very water resistant. If this ink were water resistant, it would be perfect for my uses. When editing a document or grading something, a small spill would destroy everything written with this ink. This ink also takes more time to dry than Levenger's other inks. As a dextral writer myself, this doesn't trouble me at all. If you're left-handed and move your hand over freshly written words, the ink will smear and may cause issues. The redeeming quality of this ink is its color. Cardinal Red is a true red, and when diluted slightly with water, it becomes a nice pink. I may have to buy a bottle of it just for its color. Pros A great red color which could be used for editing or gradingMinimal feathering on average and nice paperDries quicklyLightfast according to Levenger's website (I haven't tested this yet.) Cons Moderate bleed through and show throughExtreme feathering on highly absorbent papers (e.g. the flashcard)Not very water resistant Possible Uses Editing, correcting, and grading papersChristmas cards and letters around that timeSending love letters (Cardinal Red is much better for this while diluted slightly.) I originally posted this review on my blog. Please visit for more reviews like this one.