The first fountain pen that I bought for myself was a Lamy Safari from Amazon. When the pen was added to the cart, so were eight cartridges of Monteverde Blue Black. I was super excited to get my flashy yellow Safari in the mail. As soon as the pen was free of its packaging I slammed one of these cartridges home into the back of the feed and what came out was GREY! WTF, I ordered Blue Black. That’s like navy or indigo or something like that, not grey! And what was with all of the changes in the ink’s colour intensity, was it such a weak assed ink that it couldn’t even keep a consistent colour? Eighteen months later I am better able to appreciate this ink for what it is; probably one of the best shaders on the somber end of the spectrum.
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Writing Sample: Blue Black by Monteverde
Shading: Excellent shading, especially on ink resistant papers.
Bleed Through: Minor bleed through on absorbent papers, more pronounced on Field Notes. None on Rhodia.
Show Through: Absorbant papers will exhibit show through
Saturation: Not very saturated.
Water Resistance: No useful water resistance.
Drying Time: Reasonably quick, 10-15 seconds using an EF nib.
Flow: Very dry, leads to scratchy feeling nibs and hard starts when the pen has sat for a while.
Cleaning: Easy to clean
Colour Make Up
This blue-black ink from Monteverde is comprised of a shock of turquoise with underpinnings of mauve and peach. A surprising makeup for what appears as grey when dry.
When the nib first places the ink on the page the colour starts out as a muted blue green but within seconds this colour transitions to a storm cloud grey. On ink resistant papers you will even get all of the colour variations that you would see in a storm cloud. The next thing you will notice is how dry the pen is when filled with this ink; sometimes to the point of even having to prime the feed a couple of pages in. Nibs that you had previously thought were smooth are now scratchy with audible feedback.
Of the original eight cartridges I bought with my first pen, I now have five left and I don’t think that I will ever run out of my supply on hand.