Posts Tagged ‘red ink’


Sunday Reads: Red, Coral And A Shot Of Tequila


It was a colorful week with a rainbow tucked in the middle…

From the archives, a range of red inks.


Family Portrait In Red


In this case, it’s a family of red inks. The colors are quite similar and I readily admit to preferring the softer, warmer side of red. Thus there is a bias in my collection that adding J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier to my color swatches made only more obvious.

Top row: Noodler’s Park Red, Rohrer & Klingner Morinda, Diamine Maroon, Noodler’s Tiananmen

Bottom row: J. Herbin Caroubier, Rohrer & Klingner Fernambuk, Diamine Vermilion, Diamine Wild Strawberry, Noodler’s Cayenne


A Burgundy By Any Other Name


Not that anyone has to have a burgundy ink in their color wardrobe, but a true inkophile does love variety. My collection is lacking a Diamine in this color range, something I intend to remedy soon with either Oxblood or Syrah.

For now, the long-discontinued Parker Penman Ruby and Noodler’s Red-Black will do while Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses is perfect for something a bit more pink. All three show a degree of shading with the right pens and good to excellent flow in any pen. None are fast drying but I like the colors so well that this quirk doesn’t deter me .

Noodler’s Tiananmen and Cayenne are my choices for red though Diamine Monaco Red is a good option for a slightly less saturated look.

Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses would be another good addition to this group but it’s a lot more difficult to find as the good ones so often are.

Burgundy Ink

The dots are more representative of the color produced with a pen except Noodler’s Tiananmen which is less red and more rose colored than reflected in the scan.


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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