Next up in our Franklin-Christoph series is a cheery red. For a brand overview of all of the inks that will be reviewed in this series, follow this link.
Franklin Christoph Red 187 is a nice red that has none of the orange leanings that sometimes turn me off. When it comes to reds I like highly saturated inks that are bold and show no shading.
Shading: There is some shading in medium and broad nibs.
Bleed Through: Rhodia and Field Notes fare well but Copy Paper does suffer from spot bleeding in all nib sizes.
Show Through: The back side of Copy paper is unusable but Field Notes and Rhodia are OK for use.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Water Resistance: This ink has no water resistance.
Drying Time: Like other inks in this series, this is a slow drying ink. The dry time on Rhodia was 35 seconds. On copy paper and Field Notes the dry time was 10 to 15 seconds.
Flow: This ink flows well with average lubrication.
Cleaning: Very easy to clean, especially for a red which can sometimes be problematic.
Colour Make Up
This is simply composed of red dye.
We took a vote at the dinner table tonight and all three of us picked the Montblanc Corn Poppy Red over the Red 187. The consensus was that while it is a nice red, it feels too pink and more saturation in the colour is required. The long dry times, bleed through on Copy paper and lack of water resistance don't help the situation. I'll be looking elsewhere for the one true red.
Franklin-Christoph provided the inks in this review series. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the samples free of charge.