Ink Review #521: Taccia Aka Red


Our next Taccia ink is Aka Red. Red inks are a hard note to hit. Some are too bright, some are way too dark and I’m starting to think I’m never going to find my “perfect” red. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.


The color:

Aka Red is a bright, medium red. Usually inks look great on the Col-o-ring swab, but I really don’t like how this one swabs. It just looks odd.



In large swabs there is a little bit of bright goldish-green sheen.


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

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Other properties: medium shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer. There is some medium shading, but it’s a very subtle shading, not as noticeable as some other reds have.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in the larger nib sizes and bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:


In swabs, Aka Red is brighter than all the others, and a bit more orange. Click here to see the Taccia inks together.

Longer writing:

I used a medium Kaweco Al-Sport Red on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wet flow.

I used a medium Kaweco Al-Sport Red on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I hate the way this ink looks in swabs but love it in writing. There’s a bit more bleeding than I’d like, but it’s the closest I’ve found to my “perfect” red color so far, so I definitely need a full bottle.

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.