Pure Pens Cadwaladr

  • Where to buy: Pure Pens [Here]
  • Price: £6.99
  • Bottle size: 60ml
  • Price/ml: £0.12 (2dp)
  • Colour: Red
  • Shading: Not much
  • Sheening: No
  • Recommend?: A good love letter ink. It isn’t too vibrant or saturated but it’s definitely a nice shade of red.

I have six inks to review from the latest Pure Pens batch of inks released in February 2018. The inks all have a Celtic theme to them, which gives the inks an extra level of personality above the colour they lay on the page. You can find reviews to the other inks below and the list will be updated as and when the reviews are published:

Ykno what, one day I’m going to be able to pronounce the name of this ink. Whenever I read it in my mind the pronunciation seems to change each time. Cadwaladr (at least I remember the spelling) is a red ink, the same shade as Wales’ national colour and pays homage to a north-Wellian nurse serving in the Crimean war alongside another famous British nurse, Florence Nightingale.

Cadwaladr Pure Pens fountain pen ink reviewThis may (or, rather, will – if you’re a regular reader) surprise you, but I don’t think this red ink is half bad. Diamine Red Dragon is the ink that I compare all of my red inks to, because it’s just the perfect shade for me. I don’t like red inks much, it must be said, and this one suits me well. I’m often rather critical of red inks in every day usage, but I think this red has a specific application.

Pure Pens Cadwaladr ink review

Diamine Red Dragon is a blood red ink. Cadwaladr is more muted and not as saturated as Red Dragon (though, I do consider Red Dragon to be very saturated, so it’s sort of a silly comparison). As it’s not so violent looking (ie it doesn’t look like you’re writing with the blood of someone whom you detest) and it is quite soft to look at, I think this would make it a perfect ink to write letters to a dear one, specifically a significant other. Red is often used to represent love (and anger.. Oddly enough.. Though, blue is supposed to represent sadness and being calm so heyho) and I think this is a really good shade to use.

Pure Pens Cadwaladr ink review Diamine Red Dragon

As you can see, Red Dragon is darker and a bit more saturated. I’d describe it as a ‘full on’ colour, while Cadwaladr is.. Well not as ‘full on’ is how I’d describe it.

Pure Pens Cadwaladr ink review Diamine Red Dragon
Cadwaladr on top and Red Dragon on bottom

Even though you’d want to give your loved ones the best, I’m sure we’d all be using the best paper we can find. But sometimes we think of something in the moment that should be jotted down. So how does the ink perform on cheaper paper?

Pure Pens Cadwaladr ink reviewPure Pens Cadwaladr ink reviewCould be better, could be worse, in my opinion. The colour doesn’t change too much on the more absorbent paper and I think there are only a few points where I can see actual bleed on the reverse side, though there is a lot of show through. Of course, some heartfelt letters may bring a tear to the reader’s eye.. So waterproofness would be an important factor to this ink..

Pure Pens Cadwaladr ink reviewSo perhaps best not to write anything too sob-inducing with this ink..!

What better way to display the ink through the misunderstood intellectual romantic himself, Adrian Mole. I’ll leave you with a few writing samples from his diary (and if you haven’t read at least the first book, I thoroughly recommend it).

Pure Pens Cadwaladr ink review

Pure Pens Cadwaladr ink review

Disclaimer: I was sent this ink in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are my own

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