KWZ IRON GALL RED #3
I'd seen positive comments about this ink and wanted to give it a try. I'm looking for dark permanent inks for journaling. One ink that I've had trouble finding is a permanent deep purple. The Red #3 swatch online at Anderson Pens showed this ink to be just that: a dark purple instead of red. In fact, the color when it first meets the page is a brilliant cherry red. By the time you get to the end of a line, the ink has started to darken. By the time you've finished a paragraph, the ink above it has turned a dark purple, or possibly a dark wine color, depending on just how the light hits the page. Either way, it's a striking color. Dark and masculine, this is a color that I feel comfortable writing with.
Of course, iron gall inks are only permanent in the sense that water will wash away the dye in the ink, but the iron component (which appears as approx. black) will hold fast to the page. I'd prefer a Noodler's type water resistance, where most or all of the color is preserved on the page. However, the only dark purple I have found with significant water resistance is this KWZ iron gall ink red #3. There may be other good candidates in the KWZ iron gall family.
Thanks for carrying KWZ iron gall inks, Anderson Pens!