Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Red Ink for Correcting?


rouge caroubier

With “Back to School” advertisements all over the place, it’s hard not to reminisce a bit about my own school days: fresh notebooks and loose leaf binders, #2 pencils, leaky plastic fountain pens and cursive writing.

My father was a school teacher, and he used to correct students’ papers with a dip pen with burgundy ink.  Working at Exaclair, a number of teachers have told me they still correct their students’ papers or tests with red ink; one mentioned is Rouge Caroubier.  I will correct drafts with red ink.  It’s easier to read and grabs your attention.

Do you use red ink for school, work or writing?



5 thoughts on “Red Ink for Correcting?

  1. Red is THE universal ink for correcting. As a Navy Officer, I was surprised to learn that Commanding Officers’ color is blue, and the Executive Officer’s is red.

    When helping Lucky write his book, used Noodler’s Nikita, and Rouge Caroubier.

  2. I use Waterman audacious red, I work in plumbing projects and use it to draw hot water piping lines, and a blue ink for cold water, sometimes it is not the most practical, but i don’t really mind.

  3. I use Sheaffer Skrip Red in a fine point fountain pen on regular printer paper, no problems with bleed through.

  4. As a freelance editor, very few manuscripts are submitted in paper form anymore. However, many of my clients are older, and … um are disinclined to use a computer. I still get manuscripts from one client written on an old post-war Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriter. I am one of the last few editors that still edit the old fashioned way, so I burn through a lot of red pens. I mostly use red Pilot G2 gel pens, in the finest tips that I can find. I also use a lot of Zebra Sarasa 0.7mm red gel pens, but I do not like them as much as I like the Pilot G2s. I don’t think that I would use any of my beloved fountain pens for editing as the ink would bleed through most of the manuscripts pages making a mess. Most of my clients do not use FP-friendly paper, and I would like to avoid destroying what might be the only surviving copy (although, I have learned to immediately photocopy and scan my client’s paper manuscripts, just in case).

  5. I’m personally using my Diamine Oxblood at work, when I need to highlight some specific point, identify a document, correct a procedure or leave an “urgent” note on a desk.
    That ink regularly brings me comments as “Is that blood?”.

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