thINKthursday – Monteverde Valentine Red

thINKthursday
Monteverde Valentine Red

This week we see how true Cupid’s aim is with Valentine Red.

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine Red

thINKthursday – Monteverde Valentine Red

thINKthursday - Monteverde 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.

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine Red

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.

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine Red

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine 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.

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine Red

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine Red

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine Red

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine Red

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine Red

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine Red

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.

thINKthursday - Monteverde Valentine Red

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.

Ink it Up!
Chris

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