Ink Review: Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle by De Atramentis

Including this one, we have now reviewed five red inks in our run up to Valentine's day. This one was part of the December 2014 Ink Drop which was literary themed. I'm not sure why Sir Arthur is red when Sherlock Holmes is blue but it is on the cherry side of red and that appeals to me.

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Goldspot Pens Goulet Pens iSellPens.com De Atramentis
Price / 35 ml Bottle $15.95 US $12.95 US $12 US €12
Price / ml $0.46 US $0.37 US $0.34 US €0.34
Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back Side of 20lb copy paper

Back Side 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: Some shading is exhibited but nothing that would make you choose this ink for that property.
Bleed Through: Absorbant papers will exhibit bleed through. Oddly enough, Field Notes fairs better than Copy paper in this test. No bleed through on Rhodia.
Show Through: Absorbant papers will exhibit show through.
Outline: None.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: There is some water resistance on Copy paper but it is arguable about whether it is of any use. No useful water resistance on Rhodia.
Drying Time: Slow, 25+ seconds using an EF nib.
Flow: Average on Copy paper but dry, or at least inconsistent, on Rhodia.
Cleaning: Easy to clean.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

As can be seen above, there is a band of vibrant candy red die that makes up the majority of this ink. Under that there is an exceptionally light green.

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Conclusions

There is nothing wrong with this colour of red but I don't feel that there is anything special about it either. Performance wise I found it to be a little dry on ink resistant paper like Rhodia but the flow improved when I turned to copier paper. Unfortunately that is where this ink started to exhibit bleed through as well as line spread and some minor feathering. 

With it being dry on good paper and having bleeding issues on poor paper, I can't recommend going out and purchasing a bottle of this.

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