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  1. yazeh

    J Herbin Rouge Grenat

    J Herbin Rouge Grenat (Garnet Red) I made a mistake between the words Grenade and Grenat (Pomegranate vs Garnet). You'll see a lot of pomegranates in my sketches,.Typical me. Sorry for the confusion. I corrected it, thanks to @Lithium466. I decided to put back the photo: It's kind of cool and the garnets resemble the pomegranate seeds As much as I love the colour in real life, it does not sing to me. Maybe I don’t like red inks and that is it. Let's start with the chroma: Writing samples: As you can see there's a bit of ghost & blood with Hammermill Photo (Tomoe River Paper) Comparison: Water test (After 24 hours) And finally an artwork, not my best, but it's to showcase the range of the ink. and a more humorous one for Inktober 2023 (Dodge) Octopus Fox Grey / Noodler's Bad Green Gator · Pens used: Pilot Kakuno Ef, Stub, Kaweco Sport (EF/F/M/B), Osmiroid Copperplate nib · What I liked: Really nice with wider nibs, a pleasure to write with. · What I did not like: I thought this would be my colour but alas it isn’t. I'm looking forward to emptying my pens. · Shading: Yes · Ghosting: Yes, on thin copy paper · Bleed through: Same as above. · Flow Rate: Nice. · Lubrication: Good, but finer the nib, scratchy it’ll be. · Nib Dry-out: Not noticed. · Start-up: Not noticed. · Saturation: Yes. · Shading Potential: With wider nibs. · Sheen: No. · Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: No · Nib Creep / “Crud”: No. · Staining (pen): It can stain your transparent section. · Clogging: No. · Cleaning: Not bad for a red ink. · Water resistance: Not bad after 10 seconds under running water. · Availability: 30ml/ 10ml Bottle/6-Pack Cartridges Please don't hesitate to share your experience, writing samples or any other comments. The more the merrier
  2. yazeh

    Noodler's Fox Red

    Noodler’s Fox Red When it comes to red ink, I'm often weary as they are very difficult to clean. I also lprefer Dark reds better than brighter red. However, this ink has wowed me with its performance, it's one of the best inks, I've ever used. It doesn't ghost or bleed through on copy paper. It's a pleasure to use. Unlike other Noodler's inks, it comes into 1 oz/30 ml series. The other inks in this series are La Reine Mauve, Luxury Blue, Periwinkle and Whiteness of the Whale. Apparently the ingredients to make these inks are quite expensive, hence the smaller ink bottle. Let's start with the chroma; there's a hint of yellow in the sea of red. Writing samples: Text is from the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. No ghosting or bleed through on Hammermill. Surprisingly longest dry time Photo Paper is Mnemosyne - Nib is copperplate. Text is in French, same as above. 2 This ink is quite close to Noodler's Esenin. If you use a lot of red then maybe it's a better choice. (Esenin is also a very good red) A bit of the red is removed. But the text is legible: And as usual an artwork: Reunion an homage to The Little Prince. Paper is Canson mixed media paper, 98lb/160 gr Other inks used: Black: Noodler's Polar Black Yellow: J. Herbin Bouton d'or Green: Polar Green Wheat: Diamine Sepia The Sky is a mixture of Herbin's Émeraude de Chivor and Diamine Shimmering Seas, which I created effects by using a glass dip pen dipped in bleach. And finally the planet is done with Ferris Wheel Press, Storied Blue, lovely gorgeous ink for doing washes. · Pens used: Pilot Kakuna Ef, Lamy Safari (EF/F/M/B), Osmiroid Copperplate semi-flex, Jinhao 450 · What I liked: Well lubricated, well behaved. · What I did not like: I’m nitpicking: I wish it were a darker red. · What some might not like: 30s dry time with a medium nib on some papers, Price. · Shading: Nope · Ghosting: None. · Bleed through: None · Flow Rate: Really nice · Lubrication: Great · Nib Dry-out: None · Start-up: None · Saturation: Saturated · Shading Potential: dismal · Sheen: Faint · Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: No · Nib Creep / “Crud”: No. · Staining (pen): No · Clogging: No · Cleaning: Surprisingly easy. · Water resistance: A bit removes but not much. · Availability: 1oz (30ml) Please don't hesitate to share your experience, writing samples or any other comments. The more the merrier
  3. DrDebG

    Krishna Njaval

    Krishna Njaval Thanks to amberleadavis for supplying this sample for review!!! Krishna inks are created by Dr. Sreekumar, a medical doctor. Dr. Sreekumar started experimenting with ink making, and then began production in 2010. His passion is to make these handmade inks in his beloved India. It appears that the color of the ink is inspired by the Njaval Pazham berry, also known as Java Plum, Black Plum and other names. The fruit is said to have both spiritual and health benefits. Njaval is a moderately saturated burgundy red ink with lots of character. Paper: Col-o-ring Ink Testing swatch The chromatography reveals strong wine colors separating into reds and fuchsia leading to cooler pink and lavender as the blue components separate to the edge. The ink shades very nicely even using an EF nib. But the inks really shows how well it shades in a broad or stub nib. Paper: 68 gsm Tomoe River Paper in Endless Recorder notebook As you can see above, the ink does take some time to dry. On 52 gsm Tomoe River paper, the ink takes even longer to dry. Unfortunately, it also smears several hours after writing. It does dry a little faster on other more absorbent papers, but some shading is lost. Bleedthrough and showthrough are minimal, and only seen on less expensive papers. This ink does feather on less expensive papers as well. Paper: HP All in One 22 lb copy paper Paper: Engineer's Computation Pad (pale green paper) There is little water resistance to this ink. Krishna does make a line of waterproof inks, but this is certainly not one of them. There is some pale outline left, but not enough to be readable. Krishna Njaval is similar to J. Herbin Rouge Bourgogne and is darker than L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio Andrinople, but is significantly lighter and less purple in tone than Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo and Sailor Manyo Kuzu. Paper: Midori MD Notebook Pros: Nice shading Nice color Good flow Moderately wet Cons: Longer dry time Smearing No water resistance Some feathering and bleedthrough on Summary: Krishna Njaval fountain pen ink is a beautiful burgundy red. It flows nicely for all the pens I have used and is well behaved. It does take a long time to dry and smears in concentration. It has no water resistance. I like the ink, but it isn’t practical for daily use. I use Engineer’s Pads for my work which are made from a less expensive paper, but not as bad as notebook paper. Even on my Engineer’s Pads, this ink feathered and bled through the paper. As a result, I likely won't be using this for my work. Thank you, Amberleadavis, for supplying this ink for this review!!! My apologies for the poor photography. Red inks are notoriously difficult to capture correctly. Also, I used an iPhone for the photos for this review.
  4. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Poppy Red

    It's starting to feel like Spring here so I have been writing with another bright Spring like colour. This one is Poppy Red. This is a really bright scarlet red. It jumps off the page. It's a saturated red ink that looks even better when it's used in a pen with a broader nib. It almost looked subdued when I wrote with it in my fine nibbed AL Star. I loved it in my Lamy red Safari and it was such a good match for it. I decided to try and draw a poppy, but I know I'm no good at drawing so I did it in steps. This ink was a joy to write with, neither too wet nor too dry. It flowed well in the pens I filled with it, and I experienced no problems with it at all. It gets a thumbs up from me. This isn't a waterproof ink, but it has reasonable water resistance. By mistake the pool of water was left on the test patch for 20 minutes while I made and drank a cup of tea, then was blotted off with kitchen roll.Bearing in mind the paper I use is thick with a shiny, smooth surface, and I used a Lamy 1.1mm nib, this ink only took 12-15 secs to dry. That's quick on this paper.It flows very well and lubricates the nib very well. I saw no skips or hard starts despite leaving the pen uncapped while I did all of the swab tests.It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic bottlesDiamine Inks sells it directly to end-users on their web-site.It's a reasonable price.
  5. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Monaco Red

    This is my review of Diamine Monaco Red. I decided to try a sample of this ink because I happened to be browsing on Goulets Pens web-site and noticed that it is one of their selections for their group of red inks. It's the type of 'blood' red I like, not too far along the orange scale and not too far along the blue scale. It has a hint of brownness to it, but is less brown than Oxblood. I have almost finished regrinding my Mb Boheme nib from a B to something less broad, although I'm not absolutely sure what it is yet. However, I wanted to try writing with it so I filled a cartridge with this rather nice red ink. As usual for a Diamine ink, it's a well behaved ink. It's saturated and shows some shading. I found it flowed smoothly across the page, and had no problems with lubrication in the Boheme or the Plumix stub nib that I used. This ink exhibits a little showthrough and a few dots of bleedthrough on my thick Xerox ColorPrint paper. This colour was specially formulated for his Serene Highness Prince Rainier 111 of Monaco and the Grimaldi family in conjunction with a presentation of a limited edition fountain pen. On the whole I prefer Diamine Red Dragon and would rather buy that than Monaco Red. However, if I couldn't get Red Dragon, Monaco Red would be a good substitute. Red Dragon is a little more along the blue scale giving it a shade or so more pinkness. For me at least, that makes Red Dragon perfect. Monaco Red looks a shade or so more brown.The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink, but the fact that there was some water on the surface underneath it, that soaked into the paper, shows there is some water resistance.Bearing in mind the paper I use is thick with a shiny surface, and I used a M (?) nib, this ink only took 18-20 secs to dry.It flows through the pen well and lubricates the nib well. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles, 30ml plastic refill bottles or cartridges.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.It's a reasonable price
  6. I found a stash of old reviews that got misplaced during a house move, so this one's a bit old. Rouille D'ancre is one of my favorite "not for everyday use" inks. It's a bit dry when writing, but this color is completely unique. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/93tSKo.jpg
  7. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Kaweco Ruby Red

    I have recently posted a review of the Kaweco AC Sport Red LE pen in the pen reviews forum. Here. I am adding a separate review of the Kaweco Ruby Red ink that I used in that pen when I tested it. I used a cartridge, and the Kaweco AC Sport Red LE pen has a F black, steel nib. I also used a 1.1mm steel nib in the same pen as a comparison. It looks much more saturated with the 1.1mm nib. This is an excellent red ink. It leans towards the red/pink end of the scale, which I much prefer, rather than those that lean towards the red/orange end of the scale. In fact some might suggest that Orchid Rose was a more apt description of it's colour than Ruby Red. I think it could even be described as a dark pink or cerise. It is a really well behaved ink and I can highly recommend it as a top quality ink. I should mention here that you might still find some older bottles of Kaweco Ruby Red ink, maybe even some that are sold as Orchid Rose. The inks are a very similar colour. However, you can tell if you have one of the newest bottles because the name of the ink is now printed on the box. It's also on the cartridge packs. Ruby Red cartridges come in a darker red pack than the older ink, and they now have Kaweco branding on each cartridge. This ink isn't waterproof, and it doesn't stain fingers. Kaweco ink is made in Germany. It is available in 30ml bottles or packs containing 6 standard international sized cartridges.
  8. Following on from my thread announcing the launch of Diamine Shimmertastic inks I am happy to post my reviews of them. This one is Red Lustre. This ink is bright red with a great gold sheen My reviews show you my experiences with these inks in several of my pens. I’ve experimented by having these inks in my pens for weeks, and have intermittently written with them to see how they start, and how they write. I must say I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve experienced no feathering with any of them, and they have all behaved really well for me. Diamine recommend that you gently agitate the bottle to mix the particles through the ink before filling your pen. They also recommend that you gently agitate your pen to mix the particles with the ink in your pen when starting a new writing session. I recommend good FP maintenance when using ink that contains particles. I suggest you clean your pens out a little more frequently than you might do with normal ink. These inks will come in 50ml glass bottles, and they have either gold or silver particles in them.
  9. Mech-for-i

    What Would Be A Good "red" Red

    Dear fellow members, am looking for a " red " red, know, the kind that do not look orange or magenta , but solid red, like the Italian red Alfa Romeo used on their cars .. is there a good red ink that proximate or match !?
  10. chromantic

    Sheaffer Skrip Red Bottle

    A while back, I reviewed Sheaffer Skrip Red in cartridge form. It was a lovely, dark cranberry red color that I immediately fell in love with. Some people commented that is looked much darker than their bottle Red and I said I'd order a bottle and see if I found a difference Sorry it's taken so long to get to it, been busy at work. I was also waiting to use up the cart and, then, without thinking, I just rinsed and refilled the cart with the bottle ink - d'oh! So, no side-by-side. The bottle ink is, indeed, bright red, quite different compared to the cartridge color. This is undoubtedly the color people think of when they see the words "Skrip Red". On good paper (BnR), it looks good - bright color, nice defined line, no show- or bleed-, doesn't look quite as 'flat' when it dries and the cart does; unfortunately, the is very little shading, unlike the cart. On cheap copy, however, it's not quite as well-behaved - while the color is good, show- and bleed- is on a par with Skrip Turquoise (bad) and the line is definitely thicker, though I wouldn't call it feather-y per se. Of the two, the dark cranberry color of the cartridge is the definite winner for me and I'm hoping that the pack I got isn't just a one-off batch variation and that future cartridges will be the same color. But if you're looking for a nice, bright 'red' red, Skrip bottle Red is a good choice.
  11. My latest ink is Diamine Classic Red Diamine Classic Red is a good, bright red ink. Not quite as bright or as eye-catching as Wild Strawberry, but still a nice, bright red. Classic Red leans more towards the pink end of the spectrum than Wild Strawberry does. In fact, even though I thought I had many reds, I couldn't find any in my collection, that I would say are almost identical to it. It's a well behaved ink in all of the pens and on all of the paper I tried it with. It's not overly saturated but I saw plenty of attractive shading. It wrote straight away without any hard starts or skipping. The flow is very good and so is it's lubrication at the nib. Although the flow feels slightly dryer than Wild Strawberry, it didn't feel particularly dry. The dry time was fairly quick and there were no smears after it was dry. It has virtually no water resistance at all. The red inky water spread quickly. I think it's a very nice bright red ink, especially if you prefer pink leaning bright reds. Kaweco Ruby Red was the most similar colour, but that leans more purple than Classic Red. This isn't sold as a waterproof ink,and shows no noticeable water resistance.Bearing in mind the paper I use is thick with a shiny surface, and I used a Lamy M nib, a Lamy 1.1mm nib and a Waterman F nib this ink only took 15 secs to dry. No smear when dry.It exhibited good flow and lubrication and I found it well behaved to write with. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic bottlesDiamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.It's a reasonable price.
  12. We just received in our first batch of Montblanc Shakespeare Red Velvet 35ml ink bottles. It's truly stunning and I've been using it all morning for my notes (perks of working at a pen store!). Feel free to place an order here or to give us a call at 410-992-3272. Check out swatches of this ink. Best, Rachel Pen Boutique
  13. We just received in our first batch of Montblanc Shakespeare Red Velvet 35ml ink bottles. It's truly stunning and I've been using it all morning for my notes (perks of working at a pen store!). Feel free to place an order here or to give us a call at 410-992-3272. Check out swatches of this ink. Best, Rachel Pen Boutique
  14. Did a quick search and didn't see this mentioned yet, but I could be wrong - apologies if this is a duplicate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIXyBr3-af0 Noodler's BERNing Red, billed as a quick dry ink for lefties. I'm not a lefty, but I can it being useful. Since this video was only posted March 1st 2016 I'm not sure when the ink would be available. (I'm not going to comment on the politics of this, btw , but the label is pretty cool)
  15. arunpk

    Bril Red Ink

    I bought the Bril red ink about a year back as NOS. It looked too pale for red color, so I thought it must have faded over time. I tried to look for reviews to compare my ink, but couldn't find any. Got a whole bunch of Bril inks recently. I had inked up my pen with the red ink and was penning some random thoughts, it just went in the direction of a review. So, here it is. I don't like this shade of ink, and something I use once in a while, just for variety. It is said to stain pens if left for a long time, but I am yet to see that happen. It's fairly wet, but not water-resistant at all. I have not done such long writing by hand in a while, hopefully will be doing more writing this year and more reviews too Not calibrated my scanner, the color looks a little darker in my monitor.
  16. EricaTX

    Red Inks For Grading

    Teachers and professors (or anyone else who uses red...): I'm looking for a unique red to grade. I've graded with J. Herbin Hematite Rouge, Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses, Noodler's Black Swan in English Roses, and currently am using Noodler's Black-Red (or is it Red-Black)? I'm looking for a change... I recently bought a Pilot Metropolitan for grading, but bought the fine and it's super fine. I'm looking for a very bold color that is clearly a fountain pen ink and not a gel-red ink. What do y'all use?
  17. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Crimson

    I have decided to review some of my inks. These aren't necessarily in any particular order. This one is Diamine Crimson. I would call it a bright, blood red. It's a well behaved, saturated ink with plenty of shading. I found it flowed smoothly across the page, and had no problems with lubrication in the 2 pens I used. It looks really bright in the 1.1 nib. This ink shows through and bleeds through on my thick paper, so I tried it on some cheaper paper. Showthrough and bleedthrough are both noticeable on there. I also tried this ink in my Pilot CH74 pen with F nib. That nib is like a nail and it needs adjusting because it's too scratchy. However, when using it on the thick Xerox ColorPrint paper, I spotted a little dark, almost black, spread around some of my down-strokes, specifically on letters 'I' and 'L.' This was very faint, and it didn't show up on the scan, but it was there. I didn't see similar spread with the Lamy pens I used on this review sheet. I think that the scratchy Pilot F nib dug into the paper more, and that caused the ink to spread. It was probably the way I write. The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink. Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, and the nib used at that time was a M, this ink took 16-18 secs to dry. It flows through the pen well and lubricates the nib well. I saw no skips or hard starts from either of the pens that both stayed uncapped while I swapped and changed, and did swabs and comparisons with other inks. It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles or 30ml plastic refill bottles. It's also available in cartridges. Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site. It's a reasonable price
  18. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Matador

    My latest ink is Diamine Matador. This is a bright red. It's brighter than Red Dragon and is what I would call a perfectly balanced red in the middle of the red range. Not too much blue or orange/yellow. Because I like to compare the inks I am reviewing against other inks that I have, I decided to use Red Dragon, Monaco Red and Crimson as my comparison inks this time. However, no matter what I tried in Photoshop CS6, I couldn't get an exact colour replication for both Matador and Red Dragon on the same document for some reason. So I matched the document as closely as I could to Matador. Red Dragon has slightly more of a pinkish tinge than Monaco Red and Matador, but is less pink than Crimson. I decided to use a parker 45 as I had one clean on my desk. It's been a while since I used one but I found this ink behaved very well with it. I believe it's a M nib. It was a pleasure to use with Matador ink. I don't particularly like the idea of comparing blood red colours, as in D. Matador, Mb. Alfred Hitchcock or D. Oxblood. But if you wanted to do that, Matador is a bright red more like arterial blood than venous blood.The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink but it shows a little water resistance.Bearing in mind the paper I use is thick with a shiny surface, and I used a M nib, this ink took 16-18 secs to dryIt flows through the pen well and lubricates the nib well. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles, 30ml plastic refill bottles or cartridges.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.It's a reasonable price
  19. yogalarva

    Pelikan Edelstein Garnet

    Today I tried my new bottle of Pelikan Edelstein Garnet for the first time. This was given to me by my older brother as part of a trade, and the only direction I gave him was that I wanted a red ink, since I didn’t have a bottle of red in my herd already. This is not my favorite shade of red, but it is an otherwise very pleasant ink to use. It has good flow and seems to be well behaved on the paper I used, which is a 24 lb inkjet paper but not overly special, like Rhodia or something. Something that it does not have is a good water resistance, though it’s very difficult to find a red ink that does (if I need water resistant red, I’ll stick to something like a Pilot Juice). So, what’s my final verdict? I enjoy this ink and I’m glad to have it in my collection, but I would not buy this ink for myself. It’s a bit too pricey for what is essentially just a red ink without any special properties. I would probably go for something in the Diamine line since you get more ink for less money without losing any features (except for the pretty bottle) and then you have more options to pick exactly what shade of red you prefer. This ink was given to me as a gift and I am not being compensated for this review in any way. All opinions above are my own and you are free to disagree if you like. See the full page review here.
  20. Here's a BRIGHT pink ink from Diamine. It's very similar to Noodler's Baystate Cranberry, but much better behaved and even brighter. It's definitely an interesting ink, though I personally prefer the color and look of Diamine Coral. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/913/JBu0r0.jpg
  21. It's an absolute shame that Caran d'Ache discontinued this ink. It's one of the best-behaved red inks I've had the pleasure of testing. I'm very glad I got a full bottle when I did. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/BezG0z.jpg
  22. Here's a very unique ink from Noodler's named after the first emperor of China. It's slightly on the acidic side (while most every other Noodler's ink has a neutral pH), and meant to look like terra-cotta (I suppose; it seems too bright for that to me). It also glows under UV, but isn't terribly dramatic. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/910/QoGL6d.jpg
  23. Pencilcaseblog

    De Atramentis Rote Rosen Review

    -This review is an adapted version of the one that can be found on my personal blog (www.pencilcaseblog.com). Visit my blog for more pictures, a copy of the written review and of course many other pen, pencil, paper and ink reviews. Enjoy the review! (De Atramentis Rote Rosen review: http://www.pencilcaseblog.com/2014/06/inktastic-de-atramentis-rote-rosen.html )- Discovering a new ink brand is always exciting, especially when the ink smells like roses! At first, I was really excited about the perfume, it was immediately noticeable when I opened the bottle. And I must admit that it actually smells quite good, like actual roses, not some synthetic rubbish! But as soon as the ink had dried on the paper, the scent faded away, and so did my original enthousiasm fade as well... So yeah, scents in inks, pretty gimmicky if you ask me. It doesn't make sense! What's the point of having ink that smells great from the bottle -even my pen smelled great when writing- but smells like any other ink (read: smells like nothing at all!) when it has dried? Conclusion: no, it won't make your love letters smell like roses! Luckily Rote rosen (literally translated: red roses) has some other qualities besides smelling good. The colour is very nice, it's a pink-ish, almost magenta shade, much darker than I expected at first, but I really like it! It also has very decent shading, so overall it doesn't appear as dark as it actually is. I was also really surprised by the performance of this ink, it is incredibly smooth! I would consider it on par with Iroshizuko inks. (So, yes that's quite good!) I expected the flow to be mediochre, as it is a red-ish ink (All other red inks I own have quite average flow), but this too was much better than expected, and I never experienced any skipping or hard starts with this ink in my TWSBI Mini! The dry-time isn't the fastest, but knowing how beautiful it is when it has dried, I can live with that! The price is on the higher side, at 13 Euros for a 30ml bottle, but I'll give it some credit because it looks great and is such a joy to use (And it will make your pens smell like roses!). As said, the scented properties are not really noteworthy, as you won't notice it anymore when the ink has dried. But all things considered I still think this is one of the prettiest and best performing inks I currently own! Dries ThePencilCaseBlog http://www.pencilcaseblog.com
  24. This is a poorly named ink about which I can't seem to make up my mind. On one hand, it's got soul, and plenty of it. On the other hand, it's so got-dang saturated that it dries out in the nib within seconds of not being used. It does take on a unique rusty hue when diluted, and the added water helps with some of the performance issues. Worth a try before you buy a full bottle outright (like I did ). http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/716/9i8s.jpg
  25. Jamerelbe

    Toucan Scarlet Ink

    Just when I thought I'd finished reviewing the Toucan range of inks, I've discovered an extra colour! More to the point, when the JustWrite company began stocking the Toucan ink range in 30ml bottles as well as pouches, they decided to make the entire range available - including the one colour they'd decided NOT to distribute at the outset. I think the review will make it obvious why the JustWrite crew didn't consider it worth selling BOTH Crimson AND Scarlet - they're very similar - but as a lover of red inks I'm more than happy to have both in my arsenal. The crimson is probably the 'truer' red (though the swab I've included on this sample sheet comes up pink); the Scarlet is more of a darkish orangey-red, but I think it's a very pleasing shade nonetheless. Standard Disclaimer: The JustWrite company have provided me with a few inexpensive pens to check out or review for them - but my relationship with them is primarily as a customer. All these inks I have purchased myself, and these reviews are my own initiative. Anyway, no point blathering on - here's the "missing ink", for your viewing pleasure! http://i.imgur.com/0rhAQHj.jpg And, just in case you didn't see this when I posted it in a comment (on another ink review thread), here's how the Toucan ink bottles stack up against a few of my other inks - same capacity as J. Herbin, but it LOOKS so much smaller... http://i.imgur.com/pOgaR3c.jpg

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