Ink Snippet: Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red


Since January is at its coldest and bleakest just now, I am trying to jazz things up with garnet ink, in honor of the January birth stone.  It’s a little like inky jewelry.  Except so much more frugal.

Last week was Pelikan Edelstein Garnet, a red orange that I thought added a little spice to the wintery weather. Alas, it’s a limited edition ink from 2014 and so not easily available.

So this week I’m trying a second garnet ink, Faber-Castell Garnet Red.

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4 thoughts on “Ink Snippet: Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red

  1. Nice review, and comparison. I have tried Oxblood, and loved it. I bought a small bottle of Syrah instead. I’ve never tried Garnet Red, but am a big fan of Faber Castell inks. Burgundy Rose is another beautiful ink, and I was able to try that one recently. I wish they would bring Burgundy Rose into their full line up, it is that good. I think the Franklin-Christoph Urushi Red also is close to it, but haven’t seen two samples side by side to know for sure.

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    1. Oh, Diamine Syrah is a great comparison. I used to own it. I’ll have to see if I still have a sample to compare. Diamine makes very nice reds and maroons, and at such a good price, too. (I bought Burgundy Rose from Diamine as a single 30 ml refill, because a set is just too much ink for me.) Another would be KWZ.

      Someone else snagged the Franklin-Christoph inks after the Chicago Pen Show, so I’ve never tried any. 🙂

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      1. Laura, I love the Syrah, just a wee bit more than Oxblood. But I also love Sailor Oku-yama just a little more than Syrah. I am glad Diamine sells 30ml bottles, and I have a few. I love Sailor inks, but I detest their bottles. I actually don’t use them as much, because of the dreaded filling. I think I will pull that stupid white liner out of it. I like easy fill bottles. I don’t know why they don’t use an old Sheaffer bottle, or something along those lines… and come up with a better design. I will eventually try a sample of this Garnet Red. I think Faber-Castell makes some great ink. I don’t know if I will like Garnet Red better than those I’ve already mentioned though.

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  2. This is less garnet-like for me than the Edelstein. It’s kind of an understated ink – I bet you could even use it to write long-form without it being too, ‘wow, this is RED’ 😛


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