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Skrip Red vs Noodler's Nikita Red showdown
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Noodlers Nikita vs Sheaffer Skrip Red

-Take 2- (thanks to Inka for pointing out a major error in Take 1!)

These two red inks have just about everything I need in an ink.  There are some subtle difference between them, which I look at here.  I've photographed my samples--I think this gives a better sense of the color as opposed to a scan, which doesn't always look the same on different browsers/OSes.

Picture, with transcription below:

Noodler's Nikita Red
A "true" red, although a touch more faded or pink than Skrip Red.  Fairly quick to dry, especially for a Noodler's ink.  Slight feathering on crummy paper.  I thought this was a bulletproof/waterproof ink, but a quick run under the faucet reveals otherwise--it is most certainly NOT waterproof (thanks for pointing that out, Scott!).  Even though it isn't waterproof, it is more colorfast than Skrip Red.

Sheaffer Skrip Red (current formulation)
Another popping "true" red.  I think Skrip Red is a bit more saturated/vibrant than Nikita.  It is superb on cheapo paper quality--hardly any feathering.  It is not at all waterproof.  Skrip always washes away easily which is bad for papers but good for pens.  It has never stained my Pelikan ink window or Lamy Al-Star converter.  I wouldn't hesitate to put it in a demonstrator if I ever get one.

It has to be a draw, in my opinion.  Skrip has the advantage on cheap paper.  Noodler's has the advantage when it comes to water (note: it is not waterproof!).  Both are true reds that dry quickly and perform well on cheap paper.  Both are good chices for Valentine's Day, Christmas Cards, or grading papers.

Swatch close-up:

Water test:

-- Edited by bphollin on Sunday 7th of February 2010 04:37:15 PM



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Corrected review now posted!



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Excellent review, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
I especially like the swabs, really gives a good perspective on the difference in saturation between the two inks.

I made a nice "blood red" ink blend back in March, 2009, using a bit of The Heart Of Darkness [I estimate maybe a 10:1 ratio of Nikita to THOD?].
That little bit of "bulletproof" black really made it stay, a nice deep red color too.
Took me awhile to find it, but here's a shot of my Nikita/THOD blend, including wash-tests of pure Nikita [on lower right] and the "bloody" blend [on lower left]..



-- Edited by InkaFX on Monday 8th of February 2010 09:34:58 AM

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