It was in 2010 when Montblanc changed the manufacturer of their ink as well as the design of the bottle. The new colours launched include: 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.
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.
Midnight Blue is new name 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.
I have been using this ink since it has come out and I find that I do like the colour and the general performance of the ink. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Now it is one of my regular Montblanc colours that I use in a variety of pens. 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.
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.
I find that I continue to use the colour from time to time, and it has what I call good readability. A full page of writing with this ink is not a page of writing that you regret!
This is the name fore the "new" black issued in 2010, Mystery Black, is almost identical to the previous black.
That being said, it is a good black, one that perhaps I should use more. Nice tone, and reasonable good flow in a variety of pens. I have a bottle of the black and work it into my rotations of ink to see how its performance ranks in a variety of pens and writing situations. If I want a very dark black, I still lean towards Aurora Black, but I am happy with the performance of this ink.
This is different from the permanent black that is available in a white box from Montblanc.
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.
Two regrets about this ink: it comes in a small 30 ml bottle, and it was limited production, and is no longer availale. 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.
Not only is the bottle good looking, the but ink is a beautiful rich red. No orange undertone. 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.
But, this ink is no longer in production. I keep it here as a good reference in terms of other red inks. I bought a number of bottles so I am fortunate enough to still have it on hand and use.
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.
Now 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.
The ink tends to take on some differences depending on the nib being used. 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.
As a limited edition ink, it is no longer in production.
Carlo Collodi Brown
Even though this special issue ink is no longer in production, everyone once in a while I see a bottle in a store, so perhaps it is helpful to provide some information.
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.
Interesting colour, however, no longer in production.
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 at the time, the ink was not 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.
As I have used the ink I have concluded it is a bit dull in the colour tone, but a good performed and a solid blue.
In June 2015 Montblanc issued its Twilight, a Limited Edition ink. The promotional information on the ink lists this as part of their blue-hour offering. What that means exactly I am not sure. Typically the Limited Edition inks have been issued in conjunction with one of the Limited Edition fountain pens.
With a little mystery in the background, I can say that I originaly really liked this ink. It is a rich, bold colour and the ink has very good flow. Depending on the size of the nib, you will experience some very pleasant shading effects.
I saw I originally liked this ink as I have some bottles where the rich blue becomes a weak colour blue-green. Not was I was expecting. This first happened as I filled a new pen and I assumed there must have been some chemicals in the ink chamber that impact the colour and with a couple of of fills the would return to its true bleu colour. Not so.
I will pick up another bottle and give it a second try. This ink comes in the small square crystal-like bottle, very attractive, fits in a briefcase so easily. I would like this ink in a larger bottle. But, as with the other limited edition products, it comes in a 30 ml bottle.
Like blue black - you will like this ink.