Private Reserve Copper Burst ink

Private Reserve Copper Burst Ink Review & Giveaway

Today’s Private Reserve Copper Burst ink review and giveaway follows another fairly recent review of a Private Reserve fountain pen ink. We had to do another one because we haven’t had this ink brand in quite a while, and after recently adding them back to stock, a pretty big fan base is coming round requesting ink samples (we’ve added them) and more reviews of some of the ink colors they haven’t had the chance to try. So, here’s another popular Private Reserve ink review request coming at you!

All About the Ink Maker: Private Reserve

Private Reserve is an exciting “new” brand at Pen Chalet. They offer European-made fountain pen inks that are packaged in the United States. They’re actually one of the oldest American fountain pen ink companies, and they developed their ink concept for vibrant, saturated inks over two decades ago. Private Reserve ink batches are not hand-mixed, but this brand’s chemists use a precise measuring system for consistent color results and to ensure the highest level of quality. Generally speaking, Private Reserve inks are known for having a smooth flow, high saturation, and great shading possibilities.

While Private Reserve is under new ownership (and working with a new distributor), their popular inks feature the same formulas and colors fountain pen enthusiasts already love. For instance, this week’s ink, Copper Burst, is an old, beloved fountain pen ink Private Reserve is re-introducing to the market.

If you’re looking for a Private Reserve ink, Pen Chalet is proud to be an Authorized Dealer, so check out the available inventory and current price at We carry all 36 colors of Private Reserve ink! And while the sample size Private Reserve inks are hard to keep in stock because so many of you want to try the entire line of inks – we DO keep adding samples to stock as quickly as we can!

This Week’s Featured Ink: Private Reserve Copper Burst

Copper Burst is a dark copper-red ink color; you might even describe it as a “burnt-red” or brick color. Regardless of your terminology, Private Reserve Copper Burst ink shows up dark on paper, and is a good choice as an everyday use ink color.

It’s Time: Private Reserve Copper Burst Review

We put this Private Reserve ink to our standard ink review tests. Keep reading to hear all about the results!

Private Reserve Copper Burst ink
Read the full Private Reserve Copper Burst ink review.

Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):

For our review of Private Reserve Copper Burst fountain pen ink, we used a French made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper (also French made). The dip pen has a tip that is comparable to a medium-fine fountain pen nib.

Let’s Talk About the Private Reserve Copper Burst Ink Bottle:

Private Reserve Copper Burst ink comes in a simple large capacity 60 ml. round bottle, with a really big lid. The packaging is simple and effective including a clear description of the ink’s color. The large lid has ridges along the side to make it easier to get a grip and open the ink without any trouble. However, with any ink bottle featuring a large opening like this, it’s important to make sure the lid catches the threads on the bottle when closing your ink – the larger the ink bottle opening, the larger the mess if the cap isn’t put back on correctly when you’re finished using the ink.

How Much Does Private Reserve Fountain Pen Ink Cost?

Private Reserve inks are a very economical ink purchase. You get a large quantity of ink for a great price. Check for the latest discounted pricing at

How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?

We applied a one dip test to see how far one dip could write on paper (dipping the pen into the ink only one time). Private Reserve Copper Burst ink is a medium to high saturation ink, and it easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples (one dip per writing sample: “S” “X” and scribble lines).

How Fast Does the Private Reserve Copper Burst Ink Dry?

During our review, Copper Burst ink showed a dry time of approximately 7-8 seconds with medium to high saturation; which is quick enough to be considered a good choice for an everyday ink.

Does Copper Burst Ink Bleed Through?

We saw no bleeding during normal use, and no bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test either.

Was There Any Feathering While Using Private Reserve Copper Burst Ink?

We saw no feathering during normal use, and only some slight feathering during the water test.

How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?

Private Reserve Copper Burst ink is not waterproof, but we put it through a water test anyway to see how well it performed. We got significant color smearing (expected with this dye-based fountain pen ink), but the lines were still clearly legible. Although we did see some slight feathering during the water test.

What About Shading & Sheening Traits?

Private Reserve Copper Burst ink has some really nice shading traits, if you have a nib that will allow ink flow variation like a stub or italic nib. We saw shades from dark burnt red color to a lighter copper-red color (and a few shades in between). They were all a fantastic and unique red color. We also saw some dark sheen at the wettest points of the cotton swab test.

Final Conclusion on this Week’s Featured Private Reserve Ink:

In conclusion, this week’s featured fountain pen ink is a popular ink recently reintroduced to the pen world (and added to the Pen Chalet inventory). The Private Reserve inks are made in the European Union and they’re very economically priced. They come in clear, neat packaging with simple color labeling and a large, 60 ml. ink bottle. Private Reserve Copper Burst ink is a unique, dark copper-red color. We love that the large, easy to open lid on the Private Reserve ink bottles provides easy access, but be warned this type of large mouth lid may collect ink at the top. Open the lid slowly and pay attention to the possibility that the ink might drop on the threading a bit when you open the ink or you could be in for an epic ink mess. Private Reserve inks are high performance inks, easy to clean and use and we found this week’s Tropical Blue ink to be a great choice for an everyday ink color. It’s a particularly good choice since it comes in a big bottle with a large, easy access opening, and offers a quick dry time. Check out all 36 color options from Private Reserve ink – their color selection in impressive. Happy writing from the EU!

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Patrick E Tinney
3 years ago

I only have one of Private Reserves ink and would definitely be open to acquiring few more. I love this dark copper-red look.

3 years ago

I have been looking for a nice deep red ink and this might be the one for me. I love anything copper so this will look great on white or cream paper. I like that it is fast drying as I plan to use it for letter writing and for my calendar. It catches the eye and will stand out on the paper. Get those samples ready!

3 years ago

So pigmented!

3 years ago

This ink would be perfect for my copper Karas Fountain K fountain pen! I’m using Diamine Ancient Copper with it right now. Private Reserve looks like they made a darker shade which is nice.

Kevin W
3 years ago

I really like the wide mouth on these bottles (jars?!), and this colour is so rich.

M. Shaw
3 years ago

The color of this ink sort of looks like blood. If I start writing with this ink, people will think the page I write are part of a crime scene. 😀

Ron Parish
3 years ago

My favorite ink has changed over the years; it used to be Sheaffer’s King’s Gold, but I’m leaning more toward Robert Oster’s Bondi Blue.

3 years ago

I haven’t tried Private Reserve yet, but this color certainly makes me want to!

Annette M
3 years ago

I’ve just tried Private Reserve ink. I think they’re a great value! This copper looks really rich!!

Heather Burke
3 years ago

I love the dark colour – something different but still a great everyday ink for writing.

3 years ago

I’m so glad Private Reserve is back, and with the original color formulas. And this is a lovely color!

John Stein
3 years ago

This color looks amazing! I have yet to try Private Reserve Ink, but looks like I may have to!

3 years ago

refreshing reddish brown colour.

Lisa Hunerlach
3 years ago

A new ink brand would bring me up a tick on the Fountain Pen Companion leaderboard lol. I love to paint with fountain pen inks and the large bottle opening is a nice feature.