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    I'm relatively new to FPs (though I grew up using Pelikanos in school long time ago).

    I now teach at the college level and would like some recommendations for inks (presumably red, but open to suggestions) for grading papers, mostly cheap'ish notebook or computer/xerox paper. I tried Red Dragon Diamine, but didn't like it that much. Right now I'm using Monteverde Mandarin Orange for the time being.

    If you have a favorite grading FP you want to recommend please let me know. My collection is very modest, a Lamy Safari, Pilot Metropolitan and TWSBI Eco - all Fine nibs, though I'm thinking of getting another Eco with a Medium nib, for grading.
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    Default Re: best ink for grading papers :)

    My experience:

    Shaeffer Skrip Red is a classic red. Well behaved, no problems.

    R&K Morinda is probably my favorite red shade, but it washes away like the snows of late springtime.

    Most of my red is now done with DeAtramentis Document Red. A little light for my taste but absolutely watertight. Tears of students have no effect.

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    Default Re: best ink for grading papers :)

    I like Herbin Rose Cyclamen best, but i'll also use Iroshizuku Tsutsuji or Herbin Rouge Opera from time to time.

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    Default Re: best ink for grading papers :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Brilliant Bill View Post
    My experience:

    Shaeffer Skrip Red is a classic red. Well behaved, no problems.

    R&K Morinda is probably my favorite red shade, but it washes away like the snows of late springtime.


    Thanks .. I'll look to see if Goulet has some samples (are there other places recommended for getting ink samples?)

    Most of my red is now done with DeAtramentis Document Red. A little light for my taste but absolutely watertight. Tears of students have no effect.
    Thanks .. that made me laugh out loud .. needed that today looking at my piles of assignments!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    I like Herbin Rose Cyclamen best, but i'll also use Iroshizuku Tsutsuji or Herbin Rouge Opera from time to time.
    Thank you for the recommendations, not familiar with any of them, I'll look for some ink samples at Goulet (are there other places recommended for getting ink samples?)

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    Grading is so boring I have to find ways to entertain myself. I gather several pens with not-too-broad nibs, fill them with different inks, and keep changing pens as I go. Sometimes one color per problem, sometime one color per paper. Iím not sure what the students think when I use Lamy Salmon, but I donít care.

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    If I had to grade papers I would use Sheaffer Skrip Red or Diamine Poppy or Tulip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fqgouvea View Post
    Grading is so boring I have to find ways to entertain myself. I gather several pens with not-too-broad nibs, fill them with different inks, and keep changing pens as I go. Sometimes one color per problem, sometime one color per paper. Iím not sure what the students think when I use Lamy Salmon, but I donít care.
    Agreed, I like to mix it up too, though at this point my collection of FP and inks is very limited, so I want to start out with the basics (I have a huge collection in ink gel pens I used for grading before, in all sorts of colors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    If I had to grade papers I would use Sheaffer Skrip Red or Diamine Poppy or Tulip.
    Thanks .. the Sheaffer Skrip was recommended upstream, and I googled it, seems pretty popular for grading. I'll have to check out your other two recommendations, I appreciate the suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    If I had to grade papers I would use Sheaffer Skrip Red or Diamine Poppy or Tulip.
    Thanks .. the Sheaffer Skrip was recommended upstream, and I googled it, seems pretty popular for grading. I'll have to check out your other two recommendations, I appreciate the suggestions.
    You will find several red inks in the Ink Review forum but check in the Ink Review Index first for any ideas.
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    My personal favorite has always been Diamine Oxblood. It's a beautiful, bloody color that's perfect for student papers, but it does not perform particularly well on cheaper paper. Here is a link to a thread I started when I was looking for alternatives. Best of luck!

    P. S. If you'd like to try the Oxblood, I'll gladly send you a sample. I have it and the Chesterfield Siam.
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    Default Re: best ink for grading papers :)

    I used to use Pelikan Violet, but now I go for Iroshizuku Yama-budo. Fuchsia is fun for me.

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    I teach at the college level. I always grade in pencil when I am working with paper. But mostly, I grade online these days.
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    Thanks .. so much to read, so much to learn

    I did order a bottle of the Skrip Red, based on the 'grading' suitability I found once I was learned of it and did some google'ing, and also because it seems to work with cheap/xerox type paper, which is where most of my grading will happen. Also picked up a Jinhao 992 (clear) on the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreck View Post
    My personal favorite has always been Diamine Oxblood. It's a beautiful, bloody color that's perfect for student papers, but it does not perform particularly well on cheaper paper. Here is a link to a thread I started when I was looking for alternatives. Best of luck!


    P. S. If you'd like to try the Oxblood, I'll gladly send you a sample. I have it and the Chesterfield Siam.
    That was an interesting thread and informative. Also, thanks for the sample offer, I just ordered a bottle of the Skrip Red based on the recommendations upstream and what I found via google. The ability to work on cheap paper is a must, so I think I'm set with this for now. I will keep that ink mind however (if I understood correctly in the other thread, the Diamine and Chesterfield are the same ink, right?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by empliau View Post
    I used to use Pelikan Violet, but now I go for Iroshizuku Yama-budo. Fuchsia is fun for me.
    Those do sound like fun, thanks .. once I have a basic grading color, I definitely plan to mix it up by using others too (what I did with my various gel pens over the years, but FP are so much more fun right now )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levon View Post
    (if I understood correctly in the other thread, the Diamine and Chesterfield are the same ink, right?).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levon View Post



    Thanks .. I'll look to see if Goulet has some samples (are there other places recommended for getting ink samples?)
    I rarely order ink samples from Goulet unless they are having their semi-annual ink sample sale. All of their samples are a chintzy 2mls in volume, so I guess you get what you pay for. Most of my ordering comes from Vanness Pens (4ml), Anderson Pens (3ml), and Pen Chalet (3ml). Trying to fill a converter with a 2ml sample is just about impossible and I have to use a syringe with a blunt tip needle to fill the Pilot Metros and Faber Castell Looms. [Don't even try it with a piston fill pen.]

    I use Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Green when making corrections to all the internal memos going around the office, along with the mountains of QC data that has to be reviewed. The Bosses use Red inked gel pens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim View Post
    Most of my ordering comes from Vanness Pens (4ml), Anderson Pens (3ml), and Pen Chalet (3ml). Trying to fill a converter with a 2ml sample is just about impossible ...

    I use Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Green when making corrections to all the internal memos going around the office, along with the mountains of QC data that has to be reviewed. The Bosses use Red inked gel pens.

    All the Best.
    Ah, thanks so much for the recommendations. Never heard of Vanness Pens, familiar with Anderson's and Pen Chalet but haven't ordered anything from them (I did buy a few items from a local Anderson's here in Chicago). I'll keep those places in mind for future purchases.

    I'll check out the green you mentioned, might be fun.

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    Default Re: best ink for grading papers :)

    You could also take a look at Rohrer & Klingner Sketch inks.
    They are nano pigmented waterproof FP inks that behave very well on cheap paper (available in several colors).

    Also the regular ink line of Rohrer & Klingner is always a recommendation worth, excellent inks.

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