Monteverde Ruby Ink Review

This is my first review, yay! Today, I tested Monteverde Ruby. It was $8 for 30ml. I don’t mind the smaller size because I never finish bottles anyway. I bought it at the Baltimore Pen Show, among other goodies. 🙂 Red is one of my favorite colors (besides teal) so I’m always on the lookout for new red inks to try.

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I tried to make the color more accurate, need to work on better lighting

This ink leans more towards orange-red, rather than being a true red. I expected more of a dark ruby color. But I was pleasantly surprised! Ruby reminds me of a flickering flame with its beautiful orange shading. Either that or tomato soup! There is no sheen, but this ink doesn’t need any to stand out. It has a lot of character and isn’t as flat as another favorite, Diamine Red Dragon. (Review forthcoming!) It’s a perfect shade to use in fall because it looks like autumn leaves.

Monteverde claims that its line of ink is lubricated, to stop the nib from drying out. As a result, I found Ruby very wet and certainly lubricated. On Rhodia dot grid paper, the ink dried completely after 15 seconds. I don’t have a photo of it, but on Tomoe River paper it took forever to dry. I accidentally smeared it after 30 seconds. So be careful if you use it on TR. I tend to use more absorbent, fast-drying paper so it doesn’t bother me.

If you’re looking for a beautiful, autumnal red ink, then Monteverde Ruby is a great choice! However, it doesn’t top Diamine Red Dragon as my favorite red ink.

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Beautiful shading!
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I tried to draw a campfire…

4 thoughts on “Monteverde Ruby Ink Review

  1. I wondered what to expect when I found your blog… I really enjoyed this first review post! It reminded me of the hours and hours I spent practicing calligraphy in my early 20s… I just loved everything about this art… Choosing the right paper, the right ink, and playing with my favorite fountain pens! I’ll be looking forward to read more 🙂 xx

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      1. I agree! Hand writing in general is an art that people are slowly forgetting with all the keyboards we use daily… But I still enjoy hand writing to friends and mailing “real” letters to people…

        I hope you’ll show us your work if you try your hand on calligraphy 🙂

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