Ink Review: Black Cherry by Franklin-Christoph

Next up in our Franklin-Christoph series is a dark burgundy ink. For a brand overview of all of the inks that will be reviewed in this series, follow this link. 

Franklin-Christoph Black Cherry is a dark burgundy leaning purple ink that is quite unique in colour. Again, this is another ink that is dark enough for the office, but I think that it is better suited to home use.

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: There is some shading in medium and broad nibs but I wouldn't classify it as a shading ink.
Bleed Through: Rhodia fares well but Copy Paper suffers from wide spread spot bleeding in all nib sizes and Field Notes has some spot bleeding in broad.
Show Through: I would consider the back side of Copy paper to be unusable but Rhodia and Field Notes are fine.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: This ink has no water resistance.
Drying Time: The dry time for this ink on Rhodia is 20 seconds which is fairly average. Dry times on more absorbent papers is a lot faster.
Flow: This ink flows well but feels dry when writing. 
Cleaning: Easy to clean.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

The leading edge of the ink trace is a green blue followed by a healthy dose of burgundy.

Similar Inks 

I have no similar inks in my collection. Looking at the Goulet Pens Swab Shop, it seems that De Atramentis Elderberry may be close.

Conclusions

I'll be honest, this colour doesn't do much for me and I prefer inks that are more lubricated. Having said that, the ink does a fairly good job. If the colour is to your liking, go for it.

Solicitation Disclaimer

Franklin-Christoph provided the inks in this review series. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the samples free of charge.