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Steenrood van Vermeer, P.W. Akkerman


Steenrood van Vermeer (stone red by Vermeer) is an ink from P.W. Akkerman's Dutch masters series. Inks inspired by the colors famous 17th century Dutch painters used. Stone red resembles the colors of bricks used in the famous 'Straatje van Vermeer' painting. This is my second favorite red, after Diamine's Oxblood.

The color is midway between red and brown. Classy and modest enough to be used in an office environment (for note taking). Beautiful and striking enough to be used for personal notes and correspondence. The ink remains pleasant for the eyes, no matter how long the text you have to read or write. 

Akkerman's ink are excellent. Very well behaved, no feathering, very beautiful shading, no show-through, not too wet and well lubricated. I never noticed any startup problems or skipping. Drying time is fast, between 15 and 20 seconds on Crown Mill Vellum paper. The ink is very susceptible to water. 

When compared to other brownish reds, it can easily be seen how brown this ink is. Oxblood is significantly more red, Herbin's rouge grenat even more so. When compared to Herbin's Terre de Feu (a reddish brown instead of a brownish red), it becomes clear how red this ink still is. 

All in all this is a wonderful ink that comes in an amazing and beautiful bottle. Highly recommended! With summer ending and autumn close, I will definitely keep a pen filled with this ink.

N.B. Written on Original Crown Mill Vellum paper

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