Vampire Red – Private Reserve

Private Reserve Ink was founded by Terry W. Johnson and Susan Schube in the workroom of Avalon Jewelers/Gallery in Zionsville, IN, as an addition to the fountain pen department. Terry’s vision was simple… “Why not have fountain pen ink in a rainbow of colors to expand the bounds of writing beyond standard black, blue, red and green.”


That’s what’s written on their internet site. My experience with their inks is ambigous: I like most colors, but the inks I’ve tried weren’t best behaved (Orange Crush, Shoreline Gold caused nib crud; Hor Bubble Gum is PINK and it stains everything).

Vampire Red is, probably, one of the driest inks I’ve tried in a long time. I expected it will be similar to most Private Rerve’s inks and will produce wet, smooth line. It doesn’t. Not only this ink feels dry – it also causes strong nib crud.


For me it’s intolerable. This ink goes to my black list of worst inks ever.

Ink Splash


Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Software ID


Color range


Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib





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