An overview of the inks within this review series is available here. This red looks quite matte when dry and leans a little to the orange side of red. The writing experience is nice and pen clean up with this ink was much easier than I was expecting; simply a bulb syringe. While there are a few permanent reds out there, most lean heavily towards pink. If you are looking for a true red that is permanent you will have to choose between this one and Noodler's Fox.
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Bleed Through: Yes the ink bleeds through on Copy paper but Field Notes is OK. I have started using paper out of a National Crop book so that may explain the better performance.
Show Through: Absorbent papers exhibit show through.
Saturation: Not a saturated ink.
Water Resistance: 100% waterproof.
Drying Time: Longer than average dry time, 25 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Average flow. Average lubrication.
Cleaning: Average. Much better than most reds.
Colour Make Up
The only colour is the red pigment.
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The Noodler's Fox shown above has bulletproof properties similar to the Document Ink. The Nakita is similar in colour only.
I think that this ink would do well in a lab environment where having a good waterproof ink could be important. Another use case may be document or drawing mark ups in the field where records must be kept and there is a possibility that the paper may get wet before returning to the office. If you are into art, this ink is able to be mixed with others in the Document Ink line to create custom colours.
As I have said in past reviews, I cherish shading, sheen and unique colour above permanence and other practical values so this ink doesn't tick the boxes that say buy me. Just because it doesn't rock my world doesn't change the fact that the ink performs well and is exceptional along the waterproofness axis. If waterproofness is one or your important requirements, I have three words for you, "Add To Cart".
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I reached out to Goulet Pens and asked if they would be willing to supply samples of the complete line of De Atramentis Document Inks. While they were out of stock in the Black and Brown variants, they kindly provided samples of the rest of this line to me free of charge. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the sample free of charge.