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.
Regular Production Colours
Limited Edition Colours
- Permanent Grey
- Leo Tolstoy - Sky Blue
- Alfred Hitchcock - Red
- Jonathan Swift - Seaweed Green
- Carlo Collodi - Brown
- John F. Kennedy - Navy Blue
- Twilight Blue
- Antone de Saint-Exupéry (2017)
- Beatles Psychedelic Purple (2017)
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.
Recommendation: If you want a permanent ink, in something other than black, then grab a few of these bottles before the line is canceled.
Montblanc Permanent Grey comes in the small 35 ml round bottles that they use for their limited edition line of inks. So here we have classic ink made in Austria and the bottle made in Italy.
This is the Meisterstück 90 Years Anniversary ink that will be available for a limited time. Unfortunately, I only had the change to try this ink in July 2016 and I was warned that it is limited in production. The Permanent grey, Montblanc says is to represent the longevity and solidity of the Meisterstück writing instruments.
I have tended to stay away from grey inks as they always have seemed too light on the paper. But this ink has much punch, and I could see getting into it very easily.
The bottle has that classic look. It is taller than it is wide, and that is good for filling the pen.
I found the ink has good flow and on a few of the papers I have tested, the dry time is good. On my Rhodia, Clairefontaine and other good papers there is no bleeding.
I wrote with the ink, then purposefully spilled some water on it. There was no running of the ink. As I blotted the ink with a paper towel, the water absorbed more of the water and the lines got darker but all is fine.
I have been using this ink my a beautiful OMAS 360 Grey fountain pen fitted with a broad nib, I thought the pen and ink colour would go together so well. I will be trying it with different pens. Of course, as with all inks, there will be tone differences depending on the nib.
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 find that I rarely use this particular colour as I like a bolder blue and there are plenty of other offerings in both the Monthblanc and other lines.
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.
I do like green inks and this is probably my third ranking of the greens that I use the most. O like the Moss Green from Graf von Faber-Castell as my first choice of a dark green. But for the past year or so I have been leaning to the green/brown mixes. This started with the Jonathan Swift Limited Edition colour in the Montblanc line, and continued with the Daniel Defoe Palm Green Limited Edition colour. Then I found Stipula and the iroshizuku lines all had green/browns. My use the green-brown continues with the Kyo no oto ink that I shipped in from Japan. The kokrito is an interesting colour.
Another one of the new 2010 colours. When it first came out my use was limited. But I have a bottle of this ink in one of offices I work from and I find that for pens I keep at that office, this seems to be a regular fill.
I do find that some of the very broad nibs result in a line that has too much colour variation for me. If the nib had a sharp line, like a stub, then it seems to appear more to me.
The ink has 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. Even being in the red tones, I use this for business writing and I find that a full page of writing with this ink is okay on the eye.
This is the name fore the "new" black issued in 2010, Mystery Black, I think this is almost identical to the previous black.
That being said, it is a good black if I had to use it. The colour has an acceptable 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 dark black, but the reason I mention that "if you have to use it" is that I lean towards Aurora Black as the best black ink available.
I should not that Mystery Black is different from the Permanent Black, that currently has a white box. I have not used that ink yet.
Here is a beautiful blue to add to your collection. I am really enjoying this colour, and sadly knowing that it is one of the Limited Edition inks, produced to accompany the Leo Tolstoy fountain pen. Nevertheless, I will enjoy it while I can!
It comes in the very attractive 35 ml round bottle that has been used for the limited edition inks. Not sure why some come in the square bottle, others the round, but I like the look of the bottle and it is taller than wide so that helps with filling.
The ink has good flow and drying time. I have been using it in a variety of pens including Stipula, Delta and Visconti and its flow characteristics are fine in all the lines. Depending on the breadth of the nib there is some shading that comes across but overall, a page of writing looks consistent in terms of overall colour.
The ink is called Sky Blue, but when I saw the sample at my local pen store, Vancouver Pen, the colour looked like a rich blend of dark blue with a hint of turquoise. As I have been writing with it, sometimes I see this, other times is just comes across as a rich blue. Regardless, it has a great look in terms of the colour.
This is the perfect ink for both business and personal use.
In 2012 Montblanc issued the limited edition Alfred Hitchcock Pen. Along with the pen, Montblanc introduced the Alfred Hitchcock ink in red. Luckily I bought up a supply so in 2016 I can still enjoy this beautiful ink. I use it with great care!
I have always had two regrets about this ink: first, it comes in a small 30 ml bottle, and second, it was limited production, and is no longer available.
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.
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.
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 but I found a full page of writing with this ink was hard to take. It looks great when you are writing a card with just a paragraph of so of text.
The ink, is no longer in production.
I heard about this colour, with comments being made of how it was such a solid blue. I asked my physician who had a friend going to New York to pick up of bottle, as at the time, the ink was not available in Vancouver. I received a bottle of the ink as a gift. Nice. At the price of ink getting a bottle of ink as a gift is more expensive than a bottle of wine. I am mentally still working on that!
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. The ink had limited shading and tones coming across as a a very steady colour. But it is more of a wet than dry ink, and it certain stands out well on the page.
It was a blue I wanted to use on a regular basis. I did pick up a few bottles but, it is a limited edition, and the ink is not longer listed as available on the Montblanc site. Some stores hold the bottles only to accompany the John F. Kennedy fountain pen.
In June 2015 Montblanc issued Twilight, as 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 originally 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 say, 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 blue colour. Not so.
This ink came in the the very attractive small, 30 ml square crystal-like bottle. It looks great on the desk and nicely fits in a briefcase.
On one of my visits to Vancouver Pen this ink was highlighted as one that I should try. The reaction to the ink has been very positive.
Well when I got h home and filled up a pen I must say I was impressed. The ink has a rich bold colour. I have tried it a Montblanc and a Delta fountain pen and the performance has been fine.
As I have been using the ink and must say I like the rich dark colour. It looks solid on the paper, no matter if it is a full page of written text or a short note on a card.
This is a Limited Edition Ink, released in 2017 so this will not be a colour that is around on an ongoing basis. But, enjoy while you can pick up a couple of bottles. It comes in the small square glass bottle, similar to other issues in the writer's series. But, this time they have made the bottle larger. It is a full 50 ml, basically the regular size bottle as Waterman Ink. The price, however, is nowhere near the Waterman ink.
Late in 2017 Montblanc issued a Limited Edition ink for its Great Characters series. The Beatles Collection, Psychedelic Purple.
It is a very bright, bold purple. Looks great on the page.
The ink comes in a bold "pop art" colours, and outer hard sleeve with a drawer holding the ink bottle. The bottle is the very attractive square glass that has a crystal look. This bottle, however, is a larger 50 ml. A number of the other Limited Edition inks come in a smaller 30 ml bottle.
The ink is wet, but dries in a reasonable time. There is some shading, but overall I found in medium and broad nibs it laid a fairly consistent in tone line. Some inks lose their punch as they dry, but not do for Psychedelic Purple. It retains its pop.
I like the verticle height of the bottle, it makes filling a fountain pen with a large nib easier.
There are other purples, like the purple in the Diamine line that are very similar, but, who isn't a Beattles fan. This ink will only be available for a limited time, so giving it a try could be a well timed decision.