As I mentioned in a previous review, I bought a bunch of Diamine inks at wonderfully low prices from the Pilotfish storefront on Amazon, from the UK. Adding this 30ml ink to my order cost about $1.60 (plus $2 shipping), so I went ahead an got it, even though I wasn’t particularly interested in the color (I also got Blood Orange, Oxblood and Firefly in the same order).
And I got what I expected. Diamine Red Dragon is a very even red hue, with minimal shading and variation, but a cool name. The red hue is a rich crimson, and while there’s nothing particularly exciting about it, it is a very solid color.
Flow with Diamine Red Dragon is just slightly on the dry side of medium, and drying time is nice and quick at around 20-25 seconds on Clairfontaine paper. The ink is not at all water resistant.
I don’t get any sort of sheen or shimmer with Red Dragon.
I don’t have a lot of reds to compare it with. It’s more of a true red than Blood Orange, which is more of a reddish orange, and of course, firefly is really just an orange. Oxblood is much darker and a bit more blue.
And that’s about it for Red Dragon. It’s pretty nice, but I’m not really crazy over.
What are your favorite reds? I’m always on the hunt.