Ink Of The Month – November ’18

This month I’ve chosen Graf Von Faber-Castell India Red, an ink I had been looking at for a while.

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GVFC inks are not amongst the more wallet friendly of inks but what you do get is 75ml of high-quality ink presented in a beautiful bottle that reminds me of some of the exclusive fragrance brands. So, what might seem, at first glance, to be expensive really isn’t when you take everything into account.

As I said I had been looking for a while before I finally took the plunge and ordered a bottle; my hesitation stemmed from a previous purchase of GVFC, Burned Orange, which is a lovely colour but a trifle flat. By which I mean it lacked a degree vibrancy and depth of colour that you get from other inks such as KWZ Grapefruit and I was worried I might be repeating the experience.

So, what about India Red, well it’s another flat colour but having said that I like my red inks to be quite bold and this is a subtle soft red and it’s nice to have this colour in my collection because it’s there when you need a red that doesn’t jump off the page but is obvious none the less.

I found it flows well and is a nice ink to write with, the written word being a little darker than the swab and it dried quickly so I had no smudging when I wrote some test lines and I also thought it would be a nice red for anyone who draws with inks.

The big question is “Is it worth your pennies?”

Yes, I think it is, if you want a nice discreet red then this could be the one to go for

Disclaimer: The ink was purchased with my own funds at retail price. The opinions expressed in this review are my own; and I am not connected with either the retailers or manufacturers in any way.

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