Ink Review: Terra Firma by Franklin-Christoph

The tenth and final ink in our Franklin-Christoph series is a red brown ink. For a brand overview of all of the inks that have been reviewed in this series, follow this link. 

Franklin Christoph Terra Firma is a flower pot terracotta brown that makes you think of the Hoodoos and Mesas in the Monument Valley portion of the Southwestern USA. This is a brown with a strong red tone to it and is best saved for use at home.

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: While fine nibs don't tend to show it, there is some nice shading in medium and broad nibs.
Bleed Through: Both Rhodia and Field Notes fare well but Copy Paper suffers from spot bleeding in all nib sizes.
Show Through: I consider the back side of Copy paper to be unusable, others may power through it. Rhodia and Field Notes are ready to go.
Saturation: Higher than average saturation.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: This ink has no water resistance on Rhodia and is a muddy mess on Copy paper.
Drying Time: The dry times for this ink are good, 20 seconds on Rhodia and faster on more absorbent papers.
Flow: This ink flows well with average lubrication. 
Cleaning: Easy to clean.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

Surprise, surprise, a red-brown ink that is made up entirely of red-brown.

Similar Inks 

Other bloggers have mentioned that this ink is a reasonable match for Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk, a special edition ink that I missed the boat on.

Conclusions

This is a popular shade of brown and as you can see above, it keeps good company with the similar inks. I've currently gone off of this tone of brown but you can see that there was a time when I was collecting quite a few variants of this shade. This ink performs well and will do a good job serving the user.

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.