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Communication Breakdown, by Diamine


A bright red ink, exclusive for the German market (but easily available online) and with a very intriguing name for a writing ink. Which effect does this red color have or aim to have? It is a beautiful red color, bright and deep. In my opinion it is more suitable for grading and correcting than for notes or correspondence. For longer reads I like reds with a bit more brown, for greeting and holiday cards I prefer a shimmering red ink (Firestorm Red, Rouge Hematite for instance) .

The quality of ink is high, as is to be expected from Diamine. No feathering, nice shading, negligible show-through and very smooth writing. The ink is very wet, which can be seen easily when writing and it comes back in above average drying time of 50 seconds (Crown Mill Vellum paper, medium nib Parker). In the writing with a poster nib some silver/green sheen can be seen. The ink most certainly doesn't like water.

The color that comes closest is Red Dragon, also by Diamine. Red Dragon is just a little bit darker or less bright. Monaco Red is a lot less saturated color. And Oxblood and especially Steenrood (PW Akkerman) are far more brown.

It is a beautiful red ink, good for grading and correcting, but the color really doesn't really add much. Not unique enough. 


Written on Original Crown Mill Vellum paper

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