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.
2 thoughts on “Ink Of The Month – July ‘21 – Beaufort Inks Roasted Red”
The terracotta shading on this looks quite appealing. I’d heard of Beaufort before, and wondered why I’d not pulled the trigger on their products, so I went a-looking. A bottle of their ink ex-VAT for overseas is a very reasonable £6.96, but then there’s £13.45 in shipping! Compared to the £3.99 from Pure Pens for shipping similar goods, that’s a hard no I’m afraid. Couldn’t even see any relief for a minimum order value. I had a similar issue buying the relaunched Blackbird ink… the shipping is crippling from the UK, and the lack of overseas distributers is hurting exposure to a receptive market.
It’s a lovely ink but as you say the shipping is expensive, I’ve bought Blackbird inks and they are nice colours but their online shop was very disorganised when I placed my order and if I recall correctly the shipping inside the UK wasn’t cheap. Cult Pens, from what I have read, are pretty good on overseas shipping costs but despite their large inventory they don’t carry everything.
If there are a few things you want from this side of the pond email me and I can assemble them for you and that would reduce the shipping costs.
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