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Reviews Written by randy25rhoads

September 8, 2013
Not NEARLY as good of...
Not NEARLY as good of an ink overall as Rouge Hematite. It's certainly a very deep blue—if not a full-on blue/violet—but has no sheen. It's just a very saturated, dark dark blue; nothing you can't get from Diamine for half the price. Just can't help feeling that I paid for the bottle and packaging rather than the ink (just like a feel every time I buy a bottle of Iroshizuku…)

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September 8, 2013
FYI, the newest bottles...
FYI, the newest bottles of Rouge Hematite (as of this review on Sept. 8th, 2013) have absolutely none of the gold pigment the original formulation had. I have one bottle of the original formula and one bottle made about a year ago—the difference is certainly visible one the page, but even in the bottle it's obvious when looking at the pigment that's settled on the bottom of the bottle. The newest bottles, however, don't even have any of the gold pigment, and are MUCH lighter on the page with none of that beautiful gold sheen.

It's still a good ink with fairly heavy shading (different than the metallic-looking sheen of the old bottles, mind you), but it's *just* a red ink now.

Just an FYI for those with the old bottles looking to get a new bottle.


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October 15, 2012
This is a deep blue ink...
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This is a deep blue ink with a GORGEOUS golden sheen. It's truly reminiscent of the light from a sunset reflecting off lazy ocean waves.

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January 24, 2012
It writes like a dream...
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It writes like a dream but the barrel and cap are made from weak, brittle plastic. I've been very careful with mine and both the top of the body and the bottom of the cap have developed cracks. This is my second Preppy, which I got to replace the first one that had the same issue.

I know it's only a $3 pen, but I still expect it to not fall apart after a few months of easy desktop use, especially after buying the $8 converter. It's a shame too, because the fine nib writes like a dream, much smoother than many of my "real" fountain pens.

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December 20, 2011
While the pen is definitely...
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While the pen is definitely beautiful, the one I received was scratchy to write with and I haven't been able to find the Goldilocks writing angle between barely laying down any ink and laying a thick line that takes an hour to dry. I put the pen under powerful magnification I could see several burrs on the tip that hadn't been ground down when the pen was finished. I took some 800 grit wet dry and smoothed it out, which helped with the scratchiness, but did nothing for the thin line/insanely thick line problem.

Now that I've voided the warranty I'll keep experimenting to see if there's anything I can do to smooth things out. I know there must be some good writin' in there somewhere; I bought the pen because of all the good reviews.

October 13, 2011
I really dig this highlighter....
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I really dig this highlighter. It's a sort of waxy consistency, is bright, and catches your eye. It even fluoresces well under UV light.

October 13, 2011
These pens are absolutely...
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These pens are absolutely beautiful, and write well. However, I find that I must rotate the pen every few words in order to keep the amount of ink coming off the tip consistent. If you don't rotate it, you'll run out, turn it slightly, and get inconsistent density. Other than that gripe, this is a gorgeous pen that is a pleasure to write with.

October 13, 2011
I absolutely love this...
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I absolutely love this ink! Beautiful color, and perfect consistency for my work.