Ink Review: Orange Crush by Private Reserve

This sample was part of the December 2013 Ink Drop: Tribute to Private Reserve. I received this very early on in my ink collecting. The only orange ink that I owned at the time was Apache Sunset which had warped my expectations of what kind of shading should be expected from an orange ink. I now know that no ink shades like Apache Sunset but at the time I felt let down by Orange Crush.  Needless to say, my tastes have matured and I would classify this as a good shader today. 

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Anderson Pens Goulet Pens Stylus Fine Pens WonderPens
Price / 66 ml Bottle $11 US $11 US $12 CAN Not Stocked As Of March 2015
Price / ml $0.17 US $0.17 US $0.18 CAN Special Order
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 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: Bright orange through orange-red shading.
Bleed Through: Most nib sizes bleed through on Field Notes. Copy paper fairs a bit better but bleed through is still an issue. 
Show Through: Absorbent papers will exhibit show through.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: No useful water resistance although there is a light pink component that is permanent.
Drying Time: Long drying time, 30 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Good flow. Better lubrication than other orange inks.
Cleaning: Easy.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

As can be seen above, this ink is made up of almost equal parts of vibrant orange and dusty rose. The rose component appears to have some permanency too which is shown by the pink dots on the Rhodia water drop test and the dark pink line where the ink sample was applied to the wicking media.

Similar Inks (Images Courtesy of Goulet Pens)

Conclusions

Orange Crush's colour is similar to a 1:1 mix of Noodler's Habanero and Cayenne but like most of Private Reserve's inks, its lubricity is better than the Noodler's offerings. I think that this added lubrication plays a large role in why bleed through is such a problem on cheap papers. Since I already have a bottle of Habanero, I don't feel that there is a lot to be gained by picking up a bottle of Orange Crush but if you want to confine its use to high quality papers, the added lubricity makes for a more pleasant writing experience.

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Ed Jelley 
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