For July I dipped into my storage boxes and found a bottle of the unusually name Roasted Red from Beaufort Inks.
The story behind my acquisition of this unusually named ink is simple; some time ago I came across this ink when buying a replacement nib for my Kaweco Dia2 and I ended up buying four of the inks in their range. Beaufort Inks sell a range of nibs, inks and components for making your own pens and it’s always a pleasure speaking to Phil who is very knowledgeable about all things pen related.
So, this is the first of the Beaufort Inks I am reviewing and I’m very pleased with it; at £8.35GBP for 45ml it’s quite reasonably priced especially when you consider it comes in a nice round Italian crystal bottle.
However, the ink left me with mixed feelings when I did the Q-Tip test, the stripes came out as a better representation of the ink colour than the swab test, but the swab test does reveal that the ink is definitely a red ink with no underlying colours.
For the writing test I used a dip pen with a conventional nib and feed from which the ink flowed evenly and showed itself to be well saturated and a little on the wet side taking around 32 seconds to dry completely.
The final colour of the ink is a strong red bordering on maroon; not wholly dissimilar to Montegrappa’s Gryffindor Red and would make an excellent substitute for Gryffindor Red for considerably less pennies.
All in all, this is a very nice daily use red; it is nice strong colour without being too bright so I if you’re shopping for a red ink but want something a little different then add this one to your list to consider.
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.