Monteverde Valentine Red
This week we see how true Cupid’s aim is with Valentine Red.
Monteverde recently renamed all of their inks and added many more to their lineup. Valentine Red is part of the inks that got a new name, but the color is the same as the previously named Monteverde Red. It is available in 90ml and 30ml glass bottles, and also offered as a 3ml sample. This review was done with a Pilot Metropolitan F, Lamy Safari B, and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
Valentine Red is a bright red with a pastel look that brings about a pink appearance. In a fine nib the ink looks more like a true red, although shades of pink appear in areas where the ink has shaded. With a broad nib there is considerably more shading, and as a result the ink appears more like a pastel red/pink rather than a true red.
The ink performed well; flow was good and there was no major feathering or bleedthrough. It is a fairly saturated ink, which lead to higher dry times – more than 30 seconds. The ink shaded moderately, especially in a broad nib. Water resistance was nonexistent, although cleanup was easy.
I think red inks are tricky. If you’re looking for a true red, then I would suggest with Sheaffer Skrip Red. Valentine Red is an apt name for this ink because it does look more like a pastel pinkish red – and it will surely feel at home when you’re penning that love note this Valentine’s Day.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.
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