Andi from the Fountain Pen Physicist was nice enough to send me a sample vial of this ink. Her review of it can be found here. Garnet is a strawberry red ink that was the Pelikan Edelstein ink of the year for 2014. It is a limited edition ink whose supply, according to this tweet by @GouletPens, has just run out. If this review piques your interest you should order a bottle sooner rather than later.
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Shading: Decent shader, especially in very wet nibs on ink resistant papers.
Bleed Through: Some very minor bleed through on absorbent papers with wet nibs. As per normal, Field Notes doesn't perform up to snuff.
Show Through: Absorbent papers will exhibit minor show through. Rhodia fairs well.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Water Resistance: No useful water resistance, however there is a very minute grey component to the ink which is permanent.
Drying Time: Reasonably quick, 10 seconds using an EF nib
Flow: Tends to be dry on slick papers but works well on copier paper.
Cleaning: Ease of cleaning is average.
Colour Make Up
As can be seen above, the majority of this ink is red with an undertone of pink, however there is a very narrow band of permanent grey where the ink sample was placed on the wicking media.
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This ink flows well on absorbent papers but tends to be dry on slicker ones like Rhodia. I like shading inks and this one does a decent job of it on ink resistant papers and is OK on absorbent ones too. As has been said in other reviews, I'm not a big fan of red inks that tend towards orange or pink and this shade of strawberry falls into that colour camp. Just because the colour doesn't rock my world, that's no reason not to recommend this ink though; there is no significant bleed or feathering on commonly used papers and it dries quickly on everything tested. It is Pelikan's premium line and is priced accordingly. In the end I don't have to choose whether to buy this bottle or not because I can't find any Canadian retailers that have it in stock and the supply is used up at the distributor level too. If you think that this one is for you, buy it today because it may not be in stock tomorrow.