INK REVIEWS

Montblanc ink

2010 Colour List:

Mystery Black, Royal Blue, Midnight Blue, Lavender Purple, Burgundy Red, Oyster Grey, Toffee Brown, Irish Green

Previous colours: Royal Blue, Blue-black, Black, Emerald Green, Ruby Red, Turquoise, Bordeaux, Sepia, Racing Green

In 2010 Montblanc updated the look of what was a classic ink bottle and issued a new, larger (60 ml vs 50 ml) bottle. I must say that I like the look of the bottle, but the not the new cap. The old cap has a real classic feel and look. The new cap is plastic and it looks like plastic.

This is a relatively expensive ink, up in price from the previous line. Some of the Montblanc colours have not appealed to me, they tend to be too watery while others, like the old Violet, and which is the same as the "new" Lavender Purple are inks that I use on a regular basis.

Montblanc PackagingI must say that the ink comes in very classy packaging.

The bottle sites in a study box that has a canvas pull to slide the inner drawer that holds the bottle of ink.

And for some of the inks this is repackaging in terms of the same in a new bottle.

Some of the ink holds the name previously used, while others have new names and the bottles hold the same ink. There are two new colours: Oyster Grey and Toffee Brown.

Montblanc new and old ink bottlesIn March 2010 when I popped down to my local store (Vancouver Pen) they were sold out of all but the Royal Blue and Oyster Grey but the full range of colours are in stock and I have been trying the Royal Blue, Midnight Blue and Lavender Purple inks.

 

Toffee Brown

Here is a good solid brown, with no yellow or other undertones to it. Even when writing with a broad nib, the ink leaves a good solid line of ink on the paper. The brown reminds me of Waterman Havana Brown. I have tried this ink in a number of pens, as it is making it rounds through the collection. So far, I can say good things about this ink.

Montblanc Toffee Brown

 

New Midnight Blue

Montblanc Blue BlackMidnight Blue is the new colour for Montblanc's blue-black offering, I colour I traditionally like to use.

Of the new line, Montlbanc notes this to be a permanent ink with ferro-gallic content. Ferro-gallic ink typically flows onto the paper in a lighter shade than when it dries.

Right: Delta Dolcevita with a stub nib lays a very wet line of link on the paper - the ink is almost black.

The exposure to oxygen causes the darkening as it bonds bonds with the fibers in paper. The downside is that it the ferro-Gallic ink has a reputation for being somewhat corrosive.
But we are not talking about the ferro-Gallic inks of the middle ages here. Montlanc and Lamy make what would be called new formula inks that are designed for fountain pens. To protect your pen's inner workings... flush it out with water, don't fill up the pen and leave it for extended periods of time.

I have been using this ink and I find that I do like the colour. Rather than loading it into pens and sometimes, as many do, leaving it in the pen, I am restricting its use to the pen I am using for the week, then flushing the pen out so no ink remains.

I do find that depending on the flow of the ink (wet vs dry writer) the colour ranges from a blue-black to an almost black. At the end of 2012, being involved in numerous days of meetings, I gave this ink quite a work-out. I liked how it looked on the paper when it dried. A full page of text was easy on the eye, with a strong visual look to the written page.

I must say, carrying around numerous bottles of ink a brief case can be a challenge, and I like the flat shape of the bottle, and the filling-well at the front of the bottle is large-nib friendly.

Montblanc Midnight Blue

Royal Blue

I don't see any difference between this colour and the previous Royal Blue. My comments remain, a crisp colour, but a little too much purple to the blue and the colour come across being a little to light in tone for my preferences.

Montblanc Royal Blue

Irish Green

I was at a Doctor's office, he was writing with a Montegrappa NeroUno fountain pen, and in the pen he had it loaded with Montblanc Irish Green. One look at the ink going across the paper as he wrote, and I knew that was a colour I would have to add to my collection. I am enjoying the ink. It is one of my Inks of Note. The green is bold and rich, dark enough to look very good in business or casual writing. Good flow, I have been using it in a few different pens and It writes fine.

 

Montblanc Irish Green Fountain Pen Ink

Burgundy Red

Another one of the new 2010 colours. I am still not sure of how I feel about this colour. With some of the very broad nibs, the colour has too much variation. If the nib had a sharp line, like a stub, then it seems to appear more to me. Good flow. I have tested it in a few pens and it performs well.

Burgundy Red

 

Mystery Black

The new black for 2010, Mystery Black, is almost identical to the previous black.

Montblanc Mystry BlackThat being said, it is a good black, once that perhaps I should use more. Nice tone, and reasonable good flow in a variety of pens. I have a bottle of the `new`black and will work it into my rotations of ink to see how its performance ranks in a variety of pens and writing situations

Montblanc Mystry Black

Alfred Hitchcock Red - Special Edition Ink

In 2012 Montblanc issued the Limited Edition, Alfred Hitchcock Pen. Along with the pen, Montblanc introduced the Alfred Hitchcock ink in red. My only regret about this ink is that it comes in a small 30 ml bottle. That said, the bottle is stunning. It is one of those bottles of ink you just love to have sit on your desk. Like a crystal inkwell, this is made for your desk.

Alfred Hitchcock Red

Alfred Hitchcock Red Ink

Not only is the bottle good looking, the but ink is a beautiful rich red. No orange tinge, and now blue or purple hue to the colour. It is bold, bright, but after using it for a day at meetings I quite enjoyed writing with this ink. It has good performance and a line of ink dried in just about five seconds. Flow was good.

Montblanc notes the Johnathan Swift 2012 Writers Series pen comes with seaweed green coloured ink, ``exuding an inspiring spirit and stimulating imagination and creativity on footsteps of the talented writer.`` The colour did stimulate me!

In fact when I first looked at the ink at my local pen store, Vancouver Pen, I left the store with no ink in hand. I thought the colour would be too pale for my liking. But, sitting in a meeting for most of the day, I found myself thinking about the ink a couple of times. The next day I returned to pick up a bottle.

Montblanc Seaweed GreenNow the bottle is a circular, classy little (35 ml) bottle of ink. I understand that this will be the standard bottle for the writer series.

The Australian manufacturer labels the bottle Khaki - which also I colour name I would give this ink. The box comes with a tasteful style, with the rope design found on the pen itself, duplicated in the packaging of the ink - nice job Montblanc.

Montblanc Seaweed Green

 

 

The ink tends to take on some differences depending on the nib being used.Montblanc Seaweed Green I find that for me, it works best in a pen that I apply a little pressure when I write. It is easy on the eye, and not like any of the other greens that Montblanc has produced. Nothing like Racing Car Green (a green black) and much more suable than Irish Green, the regular production ink currently in their line up.

Ink flow is good and the ink nicely dries in under 5 seconds. I dropped some water on the ink to see how it stood up and I was impressed. The ink did not lift off the paper and evaporate.

This is one of the special edition inks that will not be around forever, if you like it, get a couple of bottles.

Carlo Collodi Brown

This ink was released in conjunction with the 2011 Writer Series: Carlo Collodi. It comes in the now standard Writer's Series round 30 ml bottle. The ink is a bright chestnut brown colour. Performance in good and I have tried it in a number of different pens. It dries in just a little over 5 seconds (broad nib) and there is some nice shading and colour variation in strokes.

Carlo Collodi

 

Carlo Collodi Brown

John F. Kennedy - Navy Blue

I had heard about this colour, with comments being made of how it was such a solid blue. I asked a friend who had a friend going to New York to pick me up a bottle, as there was non available in Vancouver. I received a bottle of the ink as a gift. Nice.

The ink arrived and I was pleased. It is a solid blue, with good flow, in one the the small 30 ml square crystal bottles. If you are looking for shading and tones, not much, it comes across with a very steady colour. But it is more of a wet than dry ink, and it certain stands out well on the page. One of those staples you need in your ink collection. But, since this is a limited edition, it will only be available for so long.

 

Montblanc John F Kennedy Navy Blue