This ink is; opinionated. On regular papers it is a highly saturated scarlet, on ink resistant papers it is a shaded ink with a green-gold sheen. In the Lamy nibs used in this review, it goes on very wet but in other pens it has been so dry that it locked up the nib and wouldn't even produce a line.
The ink being reviewed below is the second iteration of the formula and was purchased in 2013. Andi from the Fountain Pen Physicist was nice enough to send me a sample of the current formula (version 3) that became available as of late 2014. The sheen properties of the current formula are ever so slightly more pronounced when compared to the 2013 variant. The swab shown in the Goulet Pens ink comparison tool does not replicated the colours that I have experienced in use and that is why I have used my own scan in the Similar Inks section below.
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Shading: I'm not sure whether to say that this ink shades or simply develops a sheen where the darker pools of ink lie. Regardless, this is the reason I choose to use this ink.
Bleed Through: This ink performs better than most of the reds that have been tested in this series. Very light bleed through on the wettest nibs for copy paper and even Field Notes comes out better than average.
Show Through: Absorbant papers will exhibit show through but not as badly as other reds in this series.
Saturation: Highly saturated
Sheen: A green-gold sheen develops on ink resistant papers.
Water Resistance: Some water resistance but also a lot of colour transfer. You will have a mess on your hands.
Drying Time: Slow, 25 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Pen dependent. Wet in this test series but I have experienced extremely dry performance in some pens.
Cleaning: Highly involved.
Colour Make Up
As can be seen above, there is a band of scarlet on the left edge of the ink trace followed by a large component of fuchsia
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This is what I consider to be a special occasion ink, partially because of the colour, but mostly because of the clean up. This may be the "Baystate Blue" of red inks. To ensure that all traces of this ink have been removed from the pen, I flush using a bulb syringe and then ultrasonically clean using home made pen flush.
There are no other inks that have the sheen characteristics of Rouge Hematite so I feel that most ink collectors will want it in their stash. Having said that, it is high maintenance as well as being expensive. To top it off, the bottle, while beautiful, is truly useless. I would recommend trying a sample before committing to a full bottle, and the cleaning regiment that is required.