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Red ink?

I like Leonardo Rosso Passione (Passion Red) for a standard red. It is a true red but not too bright, and the shading is just right. It is well behaved.

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Rhody

I'm a Lumberjack.
Then definitely avoid Diamine Amaranth. The only ink (so far) that I've bought, which went down the drain. I do like their Red Dragon though.
Ya thanks I’m looking at red dragon but might try another brand just to spread it out. I like their ox blood but never really thought of it as a red before
 

AimlessWanderer

Remember to forget me!
I like their ox blood but never really thought of it as a red before

I know what you mean! I suppose it depends what you/we want from a red ink. Just because an ink is reddish in colour, doesn't necessarily mean that it will serve the intended purpose, especially if that purpose is to boldly stand out from other inks on the page.

I do have a few "contrast" inks, and while they are not all red in colour, they will all serve the purpose of boldly standing out from "general use" inks.

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The uppermost six inks in this picture, are what I would use for contrast, or the role that reds inks might traditionally be used for. The "notice me, notice me" inks. Only two of them are actually red.

The bottom row are a few of the inks that I would use as a secondary "general use ink", alongside a blue or black in in my primary pen. Nice colours, dark enough for everyday use, but not bold or punchy enough to stand out like the contrast inks do. There are more of this category reds in my drawer, than there are the brighter contrast reds. I have other greens and purples for this bottom group too, but don't have any other inks that would belong in that top row. However, those two reds, three oranges, and one purple, do what I need for that (Western?) traditional red ink role.
 
I generally like J Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite as a red fountain pen ink. It seems very red to me and to have little or no orange or pink. (I am talking about the original version. I cannot quite tell from what I looked at on line just now, but there seems to be a version now with "gold sheen" in it, so not that one. I like this orginal one, and own a bottle each of a couple of other colors of the 1670 inks. My recollection is that I have not been as impressed with those and the metallic elements to them, or some of them, don't do much for me. )
 

AimlessWanderer

Remember to forget me!
I generally like J Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite as a red fountain pen ink. It seems very red to me and to have little or no orange or pink. (I am talking about the original version. I cannot quite tell from what I looked at on line just now, but there seems to be a version now with "gold sheen" in it, so not that one. I like this orginal one, and own a bottle each of a couple of other colors of the 1670 inks. My recollection is that I have not been as impressed with those and the metallic elements to them, or some of them, don't do much for me. )

I know what you mean. I'm not one for shading, shimmer or sheen. Inconsistencies like that give me eye strain.
 

Doc4

Stumpy in cold weather
there seems to be a version now with "gold sheen" in it, so not that one

I know what you mean. I'm not one for shading, shimmer or sheen. Inconsistencies like that give me eye strain.

shiny metallic bits and multiple colors around edges and such are what what I am usually looking for in an ink!

Agreed.

I'm not looking for the ink in my old-school, traditional writing implement to be anything other than old-school and traditional.

Glitter pens and the like are for pre-adult girls. Not for middle aged men with their heads stuck in the fifties. (And I'm not specifying which fifties, either!)
 
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