- Where to buy: Pure Pens [Here]
- Price: £6.99
- Bottle size: 60ml
- Price/ml: £0.12 (2dp)
- Colour: Red
- Shading: Minimal
- Sheening: No
- Recommend?: A warm and true tone red that lives up to its name!
Pure Pens originally launched their own brand ink line with a Celtic theme, which was a huge hit. This is the second themed ink that they have released and this theme is “England”. You can find the other reviews down below:
I have a slight reservation when inks are named after something specific – such as this ink (another that springs to mind is British Racing Green). I say this because it means the colour has to be done just right. This ink wouldn’t work if it was a light red, or even a dark one. The hues, colour, shade and other fancy colour words I don’t really understand all need to be on point. Otherwise it’s just a name (sorry, Romeo, in this case there’s quite a lot to a name).
Fresh in my memory following the World Cup (when it sadly didn’t come home), the English flag proudly waves during times of national “come together”; be it the World Cup (until we inevitably lose), St. George’s Day or any other significant event. The flag of St. George is what is used on the English flag and, while I’m sure you’re familiar with it, features a white background with a symmetrical red cross – a red I would describe as “warm”. Pure Pens St. George’s Cross fits the bill and it is pulled off very well. Not only does this colour match the flag, it’s also a very nice colour to use. Win win!
I think comparing St. George’s Cross with other inks shows that this is a true and warm red. Red Dragon is my go to ink and has been ever since I discovered it early on when I got into the hobby (it was the name that did it for me). It isn’t as dark or blood like as Red Dragon, but still very much a true red. It’s executed very nicely.
Something that I quite enjoy seeing with red inks is how they perform on cheaper paper. The reason being is because usually I am using red inks on this sort of paper as I see it as an “annotation” ink (though some may prefer green). So it’s reassuring to see that you can use this ink on cheaper paper as well as the better quality papers. Perhaps you may want to write a shopping list, for example, on paper you’re more used to and put the important items in red. These inks have a very good use case and this one fits right into that niche.
One thing it’s not too terribly good for, however, is waterproofness.
I’m usually quite critical of red inks and compare them mainly to Diamine Red Dragon. Though, this is one that I have been rather impressed with and definitely give it a recommendation.
Disclaimer: I have been sent this ink for review purposes by Pure Pens. All opinions expressed are my own.