- Where to buy: Beaufort [Here]
- Price: £8.35
- Bottle size: 45ml
- Price/ml: £0.19 (2dp)
- Colour: Red
- Shading: Minimum
- Sheening: None
- Recommend?: If you’re looking for a more ‘autumnal’ red, this would be good for you
I have been sent six inks to review from Beaufort. Below I will put links to the other six (which includes the overview, my maths hasn’t failed me.. Yet!) reviews that you can read.
- Beaufort Inks – Overview
- Obsidian Black
- Zodiac Blue
- Blue Black
- Scots Pine
- Roasted Red (this review)
And so we arrive at the final offering of the Beaufort range (at time of writing, at least!)
I have one red in my ink collection, if memory serves me correctly, and that’s Diamine Red Dragon (certainly, the only red ink that I actually use). For me, red inks are annotation inks and nothing more. It is very rare that I will actually use a pen specifically because it is inked up with a red and I’m not going through an essay or something of the like. So this isn’t an ink I’d use very often, but it does have some rather interesting characteristics for sure.
The most obvious comparison, to me, that I could make is to Diamine Red Dragon, which is like fresh arterial blood, and I think it’s awesome. A saturated, rich red ink. Beaufort Roasted Red, in comparison, is browner and lighter than Red Dragon, but I think it could actually be described as “autumnal”. It’s not as saturated; rather easy going. It has elements of red and brown.. If you could describe an ink as “autumnal”, then this would be this ink.
Perhaps where the name “Roasted” comes in to play. Makes me think of autumn.
I have also included a comparison with a true brown ink, Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz
The ink has fairly minimal shading and no sheen.
One thing that I look for in a red ink is how it performs on cheaper paper, as usually this is what I will be annotating on. Roasted Red isn’t awful, but there is some bleed through which may be annoying. Though, I don’t notice any feathering, which is a good sign. Usually I only print one sided for essay annotations so that I can write longer ones on the reverse of that page. So this would actually work for me.
Not very surprising as this has been seen across all the Beaufort inks, but this isn’t waterproof. Though, if you’re searching for a waterproof red ink then Diamine Red Dragon is also not the ink for you.
Red inks aren’t my thing, but with Roasted Red leaning close to brown, this ink definitely has potential. I also think it’s important for a manufacturer to have a red ink offering, as they can be rather useful inks. The brown leaning is a redeeming factor, but I think I need it a little browner before I would be tempted.
Disclaimer: These inks were sent to me from Beaufort in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own