Ink Review #341: Franklin Christoph Sweet Maroon


It's reader request week! Today's ink is Franklin Christoph Sweet Maroon. Ink Journal was very kind and sent a sample over for review. I've never tried Franklin Christoph inks before, so I'm excited to try this one out.


The color:

Sweet Maroon is a medium maroon, just like the name suggests.



In large swabs it looks more purple than red, and has some bright green sheen. In large swabs it reminds me of Sailor Jentle Grenade.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, a tiny bit of sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen only really shows up in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering and just a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Sailor Shikiori Yodaki, Franklin Christoph Sweet Maroon, and Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot. Sweet Maroon has less sheen than Yodaki, and is lighter than Astorquiza Rot. 


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M805 Stresemann on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow. There were a few hard starts in the first paragraph.


Overall, I like the color of this ink, and it's pretty well behaved. I love trying out different ink brands, so I'm looking forward to trying more Franklin Christoph inks in the future.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Ink Journal for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links.