Today's vintage ink is Sheaffer Skrip Melon Red. This ink was popular in the 1940's. A sample of this ink was provided by John from Fountain Pen Love.
Melon red is a watermelon red.
In large swabs the color is pretty constant, not a lot of variation.
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
Show through: Medium
On 24 pound Staples copy paper the ink feathered and bled in every nib size.
I used a medium Jinhao X750 on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow. There was a bit of nib creep, but not too bad.
Overall, the ink still behaves well and has a good color, even after all this time. It is a little less vibrant than the original color, but it is still usable. If you are looking for a modern alternative, give Robert Oster Fire Engine Red a try.
Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was donated by Fountain Pen Love for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.