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Since this is scanned, the colour of the ink is a bit off from the way the scanner shows it.







Another quality Diamine product, works as well as I'd expected it would.

Smoother papers take longer to dry, and different papers may make the ink shade orange instead of a magenta-corally colour. But still, it's a fantastic red, without being slightly yellowish or watery pink. It's rich but not saturated, and doesn't feather a bit. However, cheaper papers and people who write with a lot of pressure may find that it bleeds.


The price is good for 80mL. The bottle is nice and sturdy, with a metal cap. The small opening may make it difficult to fill your pen up when it's almost empty, but then again it's 80mL, so I won't expect to be hitting the bottom for a few years yet.


It's dark enough to be a daily jotter, and I can easily see it in the semi-darkness of a lecture theatre. It's fun and festive and you might like having a bit of fun with it on a rainy day, but I doubt you'd use it for formal and serious stuff. The colour also reminds me of fresh blood. It's also great for annotating notes!







Looks great saturated or dilute - mix it with a bit of water and you have your own homemade pink ink! However, it tends to bleed if you put too many highly saturated layers of colour in one spot. The dried result looks similar to wet (so no nasty surprises there), it mixes well, and the bottle is big enough that you can use it for years for writing, painting, and mixing your own colours.


Would I buy it again? Definitely, if they're still making it in 2015.



Note - I used two different papers for the writing and drawing section.

The writing paper is slightly yellow so it makes the ink appear orange. (Compare the colour in 80gsm printer paper to 120gsm writing paper - the printer paper shows more of the true colour.)

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Now that is a proper red! Thanks for an excellent review. Another ink on my sample list...

"I was cut off from the world. There was no one to confuse or torment me, and I was forced to become original." - Franz Joseph Haydn 1732 - 1809
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I love that your reviews include illustrations, they really showcase the color! I love this red, I'll definitely be trying it.

Fountain Pens: Pelikan Souverän M1000 (Green Stripes) - M, White Lamy Joy (1.5), Lime Green Lamy Safari, Lamy Vista, Yellow Lamy Safari, Dark Purple Lamy Al-Star

Ink: Sailor Kiwaguro (Carbon Black), J. Herbin Vert Olive & Rouge Borgogne, Private Reserve Electric DC Blue & Dakota Red.


I own or have tested just about every non-Fountain Japanese pen in the book, if you have any questions.

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Wonderful review, thanks. Having used both for a little while now, to me Matador is a dead ringer for Skrip Red.

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