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Today I'm reviewing Diamine Brilliant Red ink.

 

Diamine Brilliant Red is a mid-red dye based ink that could be viewed as a “standard daily red.” It’s neither too pink nor too orange and is from Diamine Inks standard range.

 

Diamine Brilliant Red isn’t a heavily saturated red, it’s less saturated than Diamine Poppy Red and Sheaffer Skrip Red, but it’s that type of bright red.

 

I found it flowed well in the pens I used it with and I saw some shading particularly with the finer nibs. It looked more saturated with my Lamy B nib. Lubrication was good, and it felt smooth writing across all of the papers I used.

  • Flow Rate: Good. Not really wet and dries quickly.
  • Lubrication: Good. Smooth across the paper.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Not heavily saturated ink.
  • Shading Potential: Some shading seen.
  • Sheen: None seen.
  • Show-Through:
    • Rhodia Dot Pad - just a little
    • Tomoe River 52gsm
    • Silvine lined pad
    • Generic lined pad
    • Field Notes
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after over 1 week in the pen
  • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days in the pen - easy clean-up with water.
  • Staining (hands): Easy clean-up with bar soap.
  • Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
  • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof and has no water resistance.
  • Availability: Available in 80ml glass bottles, 30ml plastic bottles and cartridges from Diamine Inks web-site and many other outlets.
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Thank you, great review. I'll probably stick with poppy red, but it looks like a good alternative for something less "in your face".

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

 

B. Russell

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Thank you, great review. I'll probably stick with poppy red, but it looks like a good alternative for something less "in your face".

 

You're welcome. :) It is quite similar to Poppy Red. Maybe less saturated.

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Interesting. How does it compare to Diamine Classic Red (which I consider the best red if you're looking for something right smack in the middle of the spectrum)?

Thanks for the review.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Great review! This looks like a very nice standard red - great for mark-ups. I will have to put it on my list.

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