Ink Review: Orchids by De Atramentis

With Valentine's day just around the corner, I'm going to focus on red inks for the next couple of weeks. Today's ink was purchased in my second online ink order. At the time I had just purchased a four pen lot of Pilot 78G's on eBay, each pen had a different barrel colour, red, green, teal and black, and each came with a steel Japanese fine nib. They are the perfect pens for marking up documents.

With these new pens in hand, I had to find inks to match; De Atramentis Orchids was what I selected for the red ink. It doesn't veer off into the orange end of the spectrum and there is no hint of pink either. It is a red that is true to itself. Its one quirk is that it is a scented ink. This can make me a little self conscious to use it in the workplace if others are around.

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Goldspot Pens Goulet Pens WonderPens De Atramentis
Price / 35 ml Bottle $15.95 US Not carried as of January 2015 Not carried as of January 2015 €12.50
Price / ml $0.46 US Not carried as of January 2015 Not carried as of January 2015 €0.36
Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: Some very minor shading in wet nibs on ink resistant papers but generally none.
Bleed Through: Absorbant papers will exhibit bleed through, especially Field Notes, none on Rhodia.
Show Through: Absorbant papers will exhibit show through.
Outline: None.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: No useful water resistance.
Drying Time: Reasonably quick, 15 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Excellent.
Cleaning: Easy to clean.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

As can be seen above, this ink is made up of red and nothing but red.

Conclusions

This ink is a champ in terms of flow and lubrication. It is wonderful to write with. Generally it is well-behaved but it will bleed through Field Notes like there is no tomorrow. There are inks that work with  Field Notes, but not many. Like most reds, there is no useful water resistance exhibited by this ink. De Atrementis does have a line of permanent inks that is carried by Goulet Pens as of early 2015 but I have not had a chance to try them. 

As mentioned in this review's introduction, this is a scented ink.  If you are going to use this ink in a Valentine's letter, you should know that the perfume is for your enjoyment only, the scent will be long gone before your lover opens the letter; and possibly even before you seal it. It is still a great ink and I would recommend it to anyone who is on the lookout for a good red.

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