Ink Review: Loden by Franklin-Christoph

Next up in our Franklin-Christoph series is a dark green ink. For a brand overview of all of the inks that will be reviewed in this series, follow this link. 

Franklin Christoph Loden is a dark forest green with grey undertones. As with the other dark tones from this manufacturer, Loden would be at home in an office environment. While no one will mistake it for black, it certainly falls within the bounds of "Workplace Professional".

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of 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: There is some shading in medium and broad nibs but it isn't why you would choose the ink.
Bleed Through: Rhodia fares well but Field Notes and Copy Paper suffer from bleeding in all nib sizes.
Show Through: The back side of Copy paper and Field Notes are unusable, Rhodia is just fine for use.
Saturation: Higher than average saturation.
Sheen: None, infact the swatch looks quite matte.
Water Resistance: This ink has no water resistance.
Drying Time: The dry times for this ink are very respectable. 15 seconds on Rhodia which is faster than average ink dry times.
Flow: This ink flows well with average lubrication. 
Cleaning: To be determined.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

The ink trace is lead by a band of cerulean blue followed by a band of grey-brown and then a light pink tinged taupe.

Similar Inks 

The Noolder's Sequoia is a reasonable match but the Sailor inks are much lighter with a yellow undertone.

Conclusions

I like this colour for everyday use and the quick dry times are a very welcome change from the majority of the Franklin-Christoph inks tested to date. All that said, this ink is an aggressive bleeder and any paper that is available in the office will have to be used single sided.

Solicitation Disclaimer

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.