Next up in our Franklin-Christoph series is a very dark brown. For a brand overview of all of the inks that will be reviewed in this series, follow this link.
Franklin Christoph Dark Chocolate is a walnut brown coloured ink that would be acceptable for use in any work environment. The casual observer may mistake the ink for black but the ink's warm tone makes for a nice change from the standard fare.
Shading: This ink lays down a consistently dark line and therefore there is no shading of note.
Bleed Through: Rhodia fares well and Field Notes only exhibits the most minor spot bleeding but Copy Paper does suffer.
Show Through: The back side of Copy paper is unusable but Field Notes and Rhodia are OK and the second side is fine for use.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Water Resistance: This ink exhibits no water resistance.
Drying Time: I gave up timing the dry time on Rhodia after 40 seconds. On copy paper and Field Notes the dry time hovers around the 20 second mark.
Flow: This ink flows well with average lubrication.
Cleaning: Very easy to clean
Colour Make Up
The thinnest portion of the ink trace's leading edge is made up of blue quickly followed by a brown with a healthy red tint to it.
I was surprised at how close I was able to come to this colour with the inks that I have on hand.
Dark Chocolate is a good, basic ink. Better performance on Copy paper would be nice but it is no worse than many inks that are tested on the blog. Dry times on good paper will be a concern for left handed over writers.
Regardless of the above, I can see many people choosing this as an everyday office ink. Of the similar inks shown above, only the Private Reserve is readily available in North America. The Private Reserve ink is 4¢/ml cheaper but some people have negative feelings towards the quality of Private Reserve's products.
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.