Friday 1 March 2024

Stationery Review 13: Karkos Red Fountain Pen Ink (USD 1.97) 30ml Bottle

Hi Guys, 

Karkos Red Foutain Pen Ink was my first red ink and since then I have been using the same. Karkos Red is totally different from the Lamy T52 Red Fountain Pen Ink. Lamy Red ink is more like a peach colour and Karkos Red is also not red colour as well. It seems like a mixture of pink with red to make it a little lighter than red. 

The water-based ink has a much darker colour where it's more wet on the paper. Overall, it's a colour that's really pastel in nature and the same goes for Lamy Red as well. Check out the video and also some of the other ones and this is also a reminder of the inks that I have in my arsenal or collection. What shall I name my Fountain Pens and Ink collection? 

Karkos Red Fountain Pen Ink is a really good value product and I think I will experiment with mixing this ink with some of the other inks from Karkos only so that I can create some new colours. There is a saying that you should not mix one brand's ink with some other brand's ink. The best practice is to mix the same brand inks. But life is all about experimentation and I don't think anything is going to happen with these inks even if you mix it with whatever you have in a sample size of 2-3 ml in total as general fountain pens only take around 1ml ink. 

Always remember to write down the drops of ink or the millimetres in the syringe when mixing the ink in a small test tube if possible else in an empty plastic sample vial. 
Stationery Review 13: Karkos Red Fountain Pen Ink (USD 1.97) 30ml Bottle
After my first order with the Ali Express App, I was glued to the platform mainly because of the two games that give you gold coins that you can pay for your products with. I found some of the fountain pen inks that I wanted to try. Whatever Inks I was getting here in South Africa were very expensive and I thought of not investing that much amount of money into the same.

I bought this Karkos Orange Fountain Pen Ink in a 30ml bottle for USD 1.97 (ZAR 38) each. Express Pencils Store is available on the Ali Express App from where I ordered this ink. Check it out and if you like it, you can also order it.

Also, the South African Post Office charged me only ZAR 36 to release the packet so based on the items inside the package that got equally distributed to all the 6 ink bottles and 1 glass pen. The overall cost of the ink then came to ZAR 45 approximately based on the exchange rate for a 30ml ink bottle.

The ink comes in a plastic bottle with a simple sticker saying the name of the ink. The opening of the bottle is protected by a plastic seal that can be taken in and out to not spill during transport etc. The plastic quality of the bottle is fine. The cap is in the same colour as the ink but it doesn't truly match the same. It takes a little while to take the plastic seal out but on its way from China to South Africa, it's kept in a ziplock bag and there was not even a single drop of ink spill. All the inks came fine and perfect.

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