Ink Review: Red Dragon by Diamine

I purchased this sample as part of the November 2014 Ink Drop that is run by Goulet Pens. On first glance of the online colour swab I was quite underwhelmed. When I loaded up the pen and put nib to paper a dark red-brown line came out that reminded me of Private Reserve Black Cherry; not one of my favourite inks. And then as I looked on, the colour brightened and turned the most beautiful colour of dark red. If I was a king, this would be the colour of my velvet cape. No pink tones, no orange tones, just bold dark red.

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JetPens Goulet Pens WonderPens Cult Pens
Price / 80 ml Bottle $14.50 US
(30 ml $7 US)
$12.95 US $14 CAN £5.90
Price / ml $0.18 US
($0.23 US)
$0.16 US $0.18 CAN £0.07
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: 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: Slow, 25 seconds using an EF nib.
Flow: Excellent
Cleaning: Easy to clean

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

As can be seen above, there is a band of vibrant red with underpinnings of cyclamen pink.

Similar Inks (Images Courtesy of Goulet Pens)

There is something else that I found that was the exact same colour, the "Red Blooded" edition of Field Notes.

Really, can a colour get any better than that?

Really, can a colour get any better than that?

Conclusions


This ink flows well and is a great performer on fountain pen friendly paper. It is a lovely saturated ink. Copy paper will have some minor bleed through as well as show through and the overall appearance is more matte than on Clairefontaine or Rhodia. Having said that, I still really enjoy the effect; it is different but equally nice. As with most inks, Field Notes experiences large amounts of bleed through as well as spread and feathering. The longer drying times may make this ink unsuitable for left handed writers . I know that I will be purchasing a bottle, the only question is whether I'll get the 30 ml or the 80 ml size. 

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