Out of all the Private Reserve inks that I have sampled so far, this ink has got to be one of the more drier inks! Private Reserve -in my experience- generally produces nice wet, smooth flowing inks; which is something that I really like. However with this one... I am not sure what's going on.
Ink Brand and Name: Private Reserve Vampire Red
Color Category: Red/ Red-Brown
Price: $11.00 for a 66ml (2.23 oz approximately) bottle
Pen(s) Used: Lamy Al-Star Fine nib
Paper Used: Rhodia Ice No. 18 Graph
Flow: Somewhat smooth most of the time. Very finicky ink that chooses to come out heavier and wetter at times and lighter in color and drier other times.
I have not personally had the best experience with this ink. So it appears many others have not as well (will discuss further down). It is a very "finicky" ink and can't seem to make up it's mind from one word to the next. Sometimes, especially when first starting out, it writes nearly perfect - wet, dark, smooth. The rest of the time I get a really light and dry ink and it feels like I need to press harder on the pen (which I did not do, but wanted to) to make more ink come out. I also do NOT suggest doing that for most pens.
It doesn't seem to skip or have hard starts at all. Just...not enough saturation. Acts as if it is clotting a little bit in the pen with how it randomly performs. It is almost like the ink is too diluted most of the time. Which means I have little to no issue with feathering. No Bleed through and no ghosting.
Other people's experiences with this ink are also pretty negative...
"Do not expect this to be a blood red in any way...it looks like the color seen on the knees and elbows of so many grade school kids: dried blood" - C.B. 11-19-2013
"It dries far too quickly and has a wierd clumping thing going on in the pen" - Faith
"It has formed a clot in every pen I've tried." -R.M. 07-09-2013
Sadly, it does not appear that this ink is real favorable among those who have tried it (myself included). If you want some nice reds, I would suggest Noodler's Red Black or Ancient Copper.
Other Reviews of Vampire Red (Links)
Pentulant (More Positive review)
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