Posts Tagged ‘Noodler’s Cayenne’


Seeing Red – Ink That Is


No true red in this lot but they are the red inks I use most often.

Red Inks with Bottles

Red Ink Swatches

Diamine Monaco Red Ink

Diamine Monaco Red Ink Written Sample

What is your favorite red ink?

Diamine Vermillion Swatch

Thank you Tessa Maurer for images 2-5. The out of focus one at the top that required the most editing was my doing using Tessa’s old camera. Obviously, I have a lot to learn.


Montblanc Bordeaux and Noodler’s Cayenne Ink


Here is a quick scan of two inks that found a way into my rotation over the weekend. I swear I had nothing to do with it. Really!

Montblanc Bordeaux and Noodler's Cayenne Ink

Montblanc Bordeaux and Noodler’s Cayenne Ink


So What’s Wrong With Red?


Red the color – not the film Red. Helen Mirren is one of my favorite actresses and deserving of a svelte namesake fountain pen in my opinion. But that’s another story. No, this post is about red ink and its nearest neighbors, pink and orange. What can you do with them?

Time after time I load a pen with one of these colors and start out with the best of intentions, most often to shake up my rotation. Nothing wrong with blue, violet, brown, green, teal, and turquoise. They are, with the exception of turquoise, somewhat muted and dark, if not brooding in many incarnations. Red and its cohorts are cheeky in comparison. Shouldn’t that be exciting?

Too often anything in the red family just gets flushed down the drain though not all reds are created equal. Some shout while others whisper. With a few exceptions like Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses, Noodler’s Red-Black, and Rohrer & Klingner Solferino, the pen doesn’t get used and the ink gets wasted. So I’m swearing off for a while. My rotation no longer looks like a  rainbow but that’s fine. Maybe Noodler’s Cayenne will sneak in with the first autumn chill. Since it can look either red or orange, only one pen need get sullied. Glad that’s settled.

Do you have a similar issue with a color? If so, which one?

Noodler's Cayenne Ink

Noodler’s Cayenne Ink

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