Ink Review: De Atramentis Pearlescent Camelian Red

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Let's tackle one more De Atramentis Pearlescent ink set before we move on to something else. Today we are going to take a look at the four Camelian Red inks, and just looking at the swabs I like the copper version best, so most of the photos will feature Camelian Red Copper. I purchased my samples of ink from Vanness Pens

Left to right, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper. 

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The shimmer isn't visible when the ink is wet, it only appears when the ink dries.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is a ton of shimmer but no sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: After 30 seconds the ink is completely dry, but you can still smear the shimmer.

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low

Other properties: no shadingno sheen, and lots of shimmer. There could be some shading in there, but I didn't notice any since it was covered in shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in every nib size as well as clogging.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): De Atramentis Camelian Red Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Copper. Click here to see the De Atramentis inks together.

 I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise with the Gold version, a broad Conklin Durograph Forest Green for the Silver version, a fine Karas Kustoms pen for the Bronze version, and a broad Kaweco Al-Sport Rose Gold for the copper version. I think I prefer the copper version out of the four. All had some clogging issues, even with the wet flow.

I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise with the Gold version, a broad Conklin Durograph Forest Green for the Silver version, a fine Karas Kustoms pen for the Bronze version, and a broad Kaweco Al-Sport Rose Gold for the copper version. I think I prefer the copper version out of the four. All had some clogging issues, even with the wet flow.

Overall, there was a lot of skipping, hard starts, burping and clogging, These inks are a hard pass for me, they are just too high maintenance.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.