As my fountain pen hobby has taken hold in the last 6 months, I went on a quest to find the ideal, nay—the perfect red. And I found it.
Thanks to Goulet Pens samples, I was able to try about 10 red inks.
As you can see in the image above, I tested the following:
- Diamine Oxblood
- Diamine Poppy Red
- Diamine Wild Strawberry
- Diamine Matador
- Diamine Red Dragon
- Monteverde Ruby
- Monteverde Valentine Red
- Waterman Audacious Red
- Sheaffer Skrip Red
- Noodler’s Red
My first favorite was the last one I tested—Noodler’s Red. Everything else was too pink or too orange for my liking. My second favorite was Red Dragon as it was simply stunning and elegant but not what I was looking for in my choice of red ink. I really wanted to go with Ruby or Valentine Red since I really love Monteverde’s Horizon Blue and Yosemite Green, but they just weren’t to my liking. Noodler’s Red is true red to my eye, and I really like it.
Now, if you haven’t checked out Goulet Pen’s ink samples, do check it out!