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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    I agree. When I did my "dark red with gravitas" personal shoot-out, with about 15 reds, Oxblood was both depressing and morbidly ugly. I chalked it up to too much brown in it, which made it seem like dirt mixed with blood. Ick. Red Dragon gives me seriosity and depth without gore.
    "Dirt mixed with blood" sounds like the shade of Oxblood I have seen so far in a swab test. I haven't reviewed it yet, but I used it as a comparison ink for Red Dragon, and found it much darker. I have it to review, but I just know I won't like it as much as Red Dragon or Burgundy Rose.

    Has anyone compared Oxblood with Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk? They look sort of similar

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    I like the Red Dragon sample I tried. When I finally finish my bottles of Diamine Crimson (lighter), Private Reserve Fiesta Red (similar), and/or Rohner & Klingner Morinda (lighter), I will probably buy a bottle.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Chrissy, great review, encouraged me to fill a pen with it last night! I agree - nice ink

    Thank you for the review!
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Thank you for the nice ink reviews! So many of them, too. I like this Red Dragon; it's very close to my Diamine Matador, only I think the Matador is a bit more alive, his blood is wetter. More pink, maybe. Both are quite nice, though.

    Diamine seems to have many similar ink colors, but I guess with ~120 colors they would have to have similar ones.

    Keep up the good review work. I might have to try doing one as a justification for having so many colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xina View Post
    Thank you for the nice ink reviews! So many of them, too. I like this Red Dragon; it's very close to my Diamine Matador, only I think the Matador is a bit more alive, his blood is wetter. More pink, maybe. Both are quite nice, though.

    Diamine seems to have many similar ink colors, but I guess with ~120 colors they would have to have similar ones.

    Keep up the good review work. I might have to try doing one as a justification for having so many colors.
    I think that Matador is somewhat lighter. I might be able to do a comparison though, because I think I might have almost one ml of Matador kicking around somewhere.

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    Now I have tried it, Red Dragon is going to be a firm favourite of mine.

    There are some Diamine inks I would buy in 80ml bottles rather than 30ml bottles. This is one of them.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Here's a quick comparison between Red Dragon and Matador.

    Matador is lighter and less saturated.

    Diamine RD v Matador (2).jpg

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Red Dragon has been in my pens for the last 2 days. A cheery colour for when I make profound comments (delusion can be a comfort).

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    Thank you Chrissy for all your work with the ink reviews, they are very comprehensive.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Such a nice review. I should get a ink review book and start doing the same. Thank you!

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Thank you Chrissy.

    Having read this review I have just ordered a 80ml bottle of this ink. I was looking for a nice deep red ink for my red Caran d'Ache Geneve fountain pen and I did not want anything close to pink.
    My other writing instrument is a pencil.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Quote Originally Posted by RuiFromUK View Post
    Thank you Chrissy.

    Having read this review I have just ordered a 80ml bottle of this ink. I was looking for a nice deep red ink for my red Caran d'Ache Geneve fountain pen and I did not want anything close to pink.
    You're welcome and I hope you enjoy writing with it.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Is it more red than Oxblood? Oxblood turned out a bit to brownish, and I need a dark red.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Quote Originally Posted by arrow View Post
    Is it more red than Oxblood? Oxblood turned out a bit to brownish, and I need a dark red.
    Yes Red Dragon is more red than Oxblood. I've reviewed Oxblood and it's quite a lot browner. Like blood that has dried after several days.
    Syrah and Burgundy Royale are darker.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Thanks a lot Chrissy. I just bought Burgundy Rose a few days ago, but I like the large 80 ml bottles that last a while. I just have to try Red Dragon. On my computer screen your oxblood test turns out less brown than on my paper.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by arrow View Post
    Is it more red than Oxblood? Oxblood turned out a bit to brownish, and I need a dark red.
    Yes Red Dragon is more red than Oxblood. I've reviewed Oxblood and it's quite a lot browner. Like blood that has dried after several days.
    Agreed. I grade school papers with Red Dragon. Great ink, great red.



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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    Just loaded up an EF pen with it and the ink flows well and is beautiful on all papers - even plain copy paper with the EF nib. It's now my new favorite red.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    It is kind of funny when old threads keep popping up, but it certainly is warranted with Red Dragon. This is one of the very first inks I ever did a 'shoot-out' with, picking up a number of samples of reds and trying to decide. That was almost 10 years ago and RD remains my favorite red ink. I've never had issues with it and it looks great, very red but not perky and cheerful! Always a go-to.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon

    I have been using Red Dragon for a bit now, it behaves well in pens, but for dip nibs I need to be careful. I like the red color, it comes of as a nice dark red. I may need to add yet another red.

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