I love the three Organics Studio inks I have tried so far, so I have high hopes for Organics Studio Mercury Red. I got my bottle from Pen Chalet.
55 ml of ink. The ink is handmade in Maryland.
Mercury Red is a subdued Red. The last few Organics Studio inks I have tried have been really vibrant, so this is a little different.
The consistency of the ink is good, it's just muted compared to other red inks.
Dry time: 30 seconds
Water resistance: low
Show through: low-medium
Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Diamine Music Strauss, Organics Studio Mercury Red, and Diamine Monoco Red. As of right now, I can't think of a close match for Mercury Red. All of the other reds are more saturated. The closest is probably Monoco Red. To see the Organics Studio ink swabs together, click here.
I used a broad Vanishing Point on Original Crown Mill Stationery. The ink started out more saturated, and the longer I wrote the lighter it seemed to become.
What I like: This ink is very well-behaved. No complaints there.
What I don't like: The dry time is a bit long, and the color is very muted. I prefer more saturated colors, so the color is too light for my taste. It also doesn't have any shading or sheen to make it pop.
Overall, this ink isn't my favorite, just because of the muted color. I don't think I need a full bottle of this one, just because I don't love it.
Disclaimer: This ink was sent to me free of charge by Pen Chalet, in exchange for an honest review. There are no affiliate links on this page.