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25 Days of Dupes 2022 – Week 2

Posted in Fountain Pens

Last updated on December 6, 2022

Hello, welcome to the second post of 25 Days of Dupes 2022. Below you’ll find the inks for days 5-11. If you have a suggestion for a possible dupe, let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it to the wrap up post.

Some reminders:

  • The first image for each ink shows the inkvent ink and what I feel is the best match, swatched on Tomoe River paper.
  • The second image for each ink shows the inkvent ink and the different inks I tried matching it to, swatched on Iroful paper.
  • I swatched ink with a small paintbrush, and wrote with a Zebra G dip nib in the first image.
  • I can’t guarantee that the color you see on your screen will be true to life. However, with all the dupes on the same page, you’ll see how the colors look in relation to each other, which is the main point of these posts.
  • I’m not attempting to dupe the special properties of the inks (sheen, shimmer, scent).

Enjoy, and happy inking!

Day 5: Spiced Apple

Spiced Apple is another one of the new “formulas,” a chameleon ink; it’s an apple red with green-gold to blue shimmer. I can actually see the duochrome effect in the swatch this time, but not in the writing. Diamine Poinsettia (2019 Inkvent) is a near-perfect match. That’s three previous inkvent inks now, if you’re keeping track.

Spiced Apple and its best match
Spiced Apple swatch on top, Poinsettia swatch on the bottom.
Spiced Apple and the colors I tested
Spiced Apple swatch along the top, with (left to right) Robert Oster Red Candy, Diamine Matador, J. Herbin Rouge Grenat, Diamine Red Dragon, Diamine Poinsettia (2019 Inkvent), and Diamine Carnival swatched under it.

Day 6: Ghost

Ghost is a “standard” ink, but it’s actually a multishader; it has pink and blue in the gray. Vinta Inks Armada is virtually identical.

Ghost and its best match
Ghost swatch on top, Armada swatch on the bottom.
Ghost and the colors I tested
Ghost swatch along the top, with (left to right) Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu Syogun, Vinta Inks Armada, Diamine Snow Storm (2019 Inkvent), and J. Herbin Gris Nuage swatched under it.

Day 7: Alpine

Alpine is a shimmer ink; it’s a deep, desaturated green with silver shimmer. J. Herbin Vert Empire is a near-perfect match.

Alpine and its best match
Alpine swatch on top, Vert Empire swatch on the bottom.
Alpine and the colors I tested
Vert Empire swatch along the top, with (left to right) DeAtramentis Jane Austen, J. Herbin Vert Empire, and Diamine Salamander swatched under it.

Day 8: Jingle Berry

Jingle Berry is a standard ink; it’s an almost-fuchsia. The best match I found is Vinta Inks La Union. La Union is slightly less purple than Jingle Berry.

Jingle Berry and its best match
Jingle Berry swatch on top, La Union swatch on the bottom.
Jingle Berry and the colors I tested
Jingle Berry swatch along the top, with (left to right) Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses, Colorverse Andromeda, Pilot Iroshizuku Yama Budo, Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji, Akkerman Staten Generaal Rood, Kobe Suma Rikyu Rose, Vinta La Union, Sailor Many Akebi swatched under it.

Day 9: Cardinal

Cardinal is a standard ink; it’s a true red. There are several perfect matches to it, but I chose Diamine Ho Ho Ho (2019 Inkvent) as the best match to point out that it’s another dupe for a previous Inkvent ink.

Cardinal and its best match
Cardinal swatch on top, Ho Ho Ho swatch on the bottom.
Cardinal and the colors I tested
Cardinal swatch along the top, with (left to right) Diamine Poppy Red, Diamine Wild Strawberry, Monteverde Ruby, Diamine Firefly, Kyi Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi, Diamine Ho Ho Ho, Caran d’Ache Infra Red swatched under it.

Day 10: Dusted Truffle

Dusted Truffle is a shimmer ink; it’s a pale grayish-brown with silver shimmer. Montblanc Swan Illusion is a near-perfect match.

Dusted Truffle and its best match
Dusted Truffle swatch on top, Swan Illusion swatch on the bottom.
Dusted Truffle and the colors I tested
Dusted Truffle swatch along the top, with (left to right) Montblanc Swan Illusion, Pilot Iroshizuku Yama Guri, Kyo Iro Stone Road of Gion, Diamine Espresso, J. Herbin Cacao du Bresil swatched under it.

Day 11: Appletini

Appletini is a standard ink; it’s a bright lime green. Diamine Kelly Green is virtually identical, but shades to a slightly darker color.

Appletini and its best match
Appletini swatch on top, Kelly Green swatch on the bottom.
Appletini and the colors I tested
Appletini swatch along the top, with (left to right) Diamine Kelly Green, Caran d’Ache Delicate Green, and Diamine Meadow swatched under it.

Thanks for reading to the end, I hope you enjoyed my post. What do you think of this week’s colors and dupes? Are there any you’ll want to get later, or do you already have some of the dupe inks? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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