An overview of the inks within this review series is available here. Diamine Carnival is a lovely true red colour that leans blue rather than orange. This ink shades in broad nibs which, while I would consider it a plus in any other colour, it is not a feature I appreciate in a red where the pink tones make the ink look weak. The more saturated a red, the happier I am. All of that being said, I have reviewed a lot of red inks on this blog and this is one of the better ones that I have seen.
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Shading: Shading can be found in nibs on the broad end of the size chart.
Bleed Through: Copy paper experiences spot bleeding but Field Notes and Rhodia fair quite well.
Show Through: Depending on the preference of the writer, the back side of Copy paper would likely be considered questionable for use. The backside of both Rhodia and Field Notes is fine for use.
Saturation: Average saturation. I wish it was more because that is my preference for reds.
Water Resistance: Like most reds, this ink has no water resistance.
Drying Time: Slightly longer than average drying time, 25 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia. Oddly, the drying time on more absorbent papers is long too.
Flow: Average flow. Average lubrication.
Cleaning: Yet to be determined. Will update.
Colour Make Up
A narrow band of poppy red is followed by cherry red that makes up the bulk of the colour.
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If you are the type of person who uses red ink to mark up documents I think that this one is perfect for the job. It is a true red that flows well and is easily read. While I would prefer that it didn't shade in broader nibs, that is a personal niggle and I think most users would like that aspect of the ink. Right now I am using De Atramentis Orchids for document mark up purposes but I believe that Goulet Pens no longer carries that colour so Carnival may take up that role once I finish the bottle of De Atramentis.
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I reached out to Diamine and asked if they would be willing to supply samples of the complete line of the 150th Anniversary inks. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the sample free of charge.