Ink Review #483: Platinum Classic Cassis Black

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We are continuing with the Platinum Classic inks this week, and Cassis Black is up next. The ink is available in 60ml bottles. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review!

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The color:

Cassis Black is a dark, unsaturated red.

 Here’s all of the Platinum Classic inks together.

Here’s all of the Platinum Classic inks together.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink turns very dark when concentrated, it looks like a velvety black.

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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: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low, since this ink is an iron gall I expected a lot more water resistance than I got.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: high shadingno sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering, but no bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Lipstick Red, Platinum Classic Cassis Black, and Papier Plume Red Beans and Rice. Click here to see the Platinum inks together. Cassis Black is darker than Lipstick Red, but not as dark as Red Beans and Rice.

 I used a medium Pelikan M605 White Transparent on a Midori MD notebook. The ink had a dry flow.

I used a medium Pelikan M605 White Transparent on a Midori MD notebook. The ink had a dry flow.

Overall, the ink has a dry flow and not much water resistance. The ink does have a definite color change. When wet, the ink is a bright reddish pink, when dry it’s a dark, unsaturated red. The unsaturated red inks have never really appealed to me, so it’s not an ink I need a full bottle of.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.