Ink Review: Cult Pens Deep Dark Red (Diamine Exclusive for Cult Pens)

Cult Pens Deep Dark Red is one of the 6 inks in the “Deep Dark” range that are made exclusively for Cult Pens by Diamine Inks.

Deep Dark Red is a saturated dark red ink that exhibits some shading and leans slightly purple rather than brown. I found it flowed very well with the pens I tried it in, felt quite wet, and it’s lubrication was very smooth across the page.

It’s a dark red ink that lives up to it’s name very well. It’s every bit as good as some more expensive, purple leaning, dark red or burgundy inks, such as Louis Vuitton Rouge Libertin and Montblanc Antoine Saint-Exupéry.

My review was written on 100gsm smooth coated paper, that is not very absorbent, and I saw no spread, show-through or bleed-through. It dried very quickly on this smooth paper.

Available in 80ml and 30ml bottles plus International sized cartridges from Cult Pens web-site.

  • Flow Rate: Excellent – quite wet
  • Lubrication: Excellent – felt smooth across the page
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Very saturated
  • Shading Potential: Some shading seen with F nib.
  • Sheen: Green sheen seen especially on Tomoe River paper.
  • Showthrough seen on Hobonichi Techo and Field Notes. I could have easily written on the reverse of the former, but Field Notes also had bleedthrough that was more of a problem.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen on any paper I used.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the pen
  • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days – easy clean-up
  • Staining (hands): Washed off easily.
  • Clogging: Not seen.
  • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows some water resistance.

Cult Pens Deep Dark Red

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