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