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Caran d'Ache Infra Red

10/18/14

Let's check out some red inks! It's about midterm-time for most academics, and that means plenty of grading. 

First up, Caran d'Ache's Infra Red. It's a solid red ink with excellent flow and pretty okay behavior. It does tend to bleed a little bit on really cheap paper, but it could be far worse. Honestly, I don't know where students get their paper. It's the worst. This ink bleeds pretty badly there, but so do all sorts of other pens. It actually works pretty well on regular copy paper. 

Best of all, it's a bright red ink. Those are pretty hard to find, for some reason. Many of them are a bit washed out, or they're too pink, or they're dark and look like blood. I'm a bigger fan of a true red, and this one fits the bill. 


Close-ups!




 I really like the rich, even hue of this ink. 

Copy Paper Test

 See? It works fine on this regular old copy paper. There's some bleed, but not all that much.

Chromatography



Compare!



Water Drop Test and Video Review




This is a really good red, if you're looking for a bright red that isn't a bloody red. The slight bleeding issue can probably be addressed with a fine or x-fine nib, if you're into that sort of thing. You can find bottles and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 50ml bottle goes for $36.


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The ink for this review was provided free of charge by Anderson Pens. The review was all mine, however.
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Mary R said...

Lovely red! I don't have many red ink choices among my samples, right now.

Also, my husband doesn't grade with red! He teaches physics, and people are already stressed out enough about the math involved. It's something he picked up from one of his mentors, and I know several other fountain-pen-loving teachers that grade in other awesome colors. He's been using Diamine Meadow, recently. :)

Michael Matteson said...

Hi Mary,
I don't always grade with red either, but I don't not-grade in red. Sometimes I just want a red ink to grade with. I liked Meadow, too, but it tended to create a weird funk on my nibs.