Tonight has posted a review prior to this one [linked here].
Packaging and price
35ml round bottle with no filling aids. I prefer the LE Diamond bottles, but if this is a new line then it looks like these circular ones might be here to stay.
The ink seems quite widely available at release priced at about £11 a 35ml bottle. This is roughly twice the cost per ml compared with J. Herbin or the standard Montblanc inks. Being a limited edition ink it will be around for about a year, the same as the Jonathan Swift WE pens are about, to be replaced with another in 12 months or so... If you like it stock up.
MB Jonathan Swift Stocks by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Sample quote is from "Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships" better known as 'Gulliver's Travels' by Jonathan Swift.
HP Everyday (weight unstated)
HP Page by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
HP Everyday - Sonnet Stub
HP Sonnet by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
HP Everyday - 146 Medium
HP 146 by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
HP Everyday - Custom 92 - Fine-Medium
HP Pilot by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Conqueror Wove 90gsm (Brilliant White)
Conqueror Wove Page by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Conqueror Wove - Sonnet Stub
Conqueror Wove Sonnet by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Conqueror Wove - 146 Medium
Conqueror Wove 146 by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Conqueror Wove - Custom 92 - Fine-Medium
Conqueror Wove Pilot by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Conqueror Bamboo - Bamboo pulp 100gsm (Creama)
Conqueror Bamboo Page by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Conqueror Bamboo - Sonnet Stub
Conqueror Bamboo Sonnet by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Conqueror Bamboo - 146 Medium
Conqueror Bamboo 146 by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Conqueror Bamboo - Custom 92 - Fine-Medium
Conqueror Bamboo Pilot by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Rhodia Bloc Pad (80gsm)
Rodia page by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Rhodia - Sonnet Stub
Rodia Sonnet by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Rhodia - 146 Medium
Rodia 146 by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Rhodia - Custom 92 - Fine-Medium
Rodia Pilot by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
A colour comparison to some other murky greens and MBIG for comparison (sadly I have no MBRG to compare it to )
Seaweed Green Swabs by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
...after 1 minute in standing water
Seaweed Green Swabs Soak by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Writing 30 seconds in standing water
Seaweed Green Writing Soak by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
The ink flows from the pen well, it didn't strike me as being particularly wet or dry, that said it did lubricate very well. None of the samples showed any sign of bleed, show through was on the better side of average. Overall MBJSSG seemed to be a very well behaved ink. Shading is not too contrasty, but it's clear and pleasant.
Water resistance was better than I expected. The swabs showed it to be about average, I just wanted to compare it to those that were bulletproof. The writing sample was clearly legible, which was a nice surprise.
It's a low saturation green. The scans show it to be a little less saturated than it comes across on the page, I attempted a tweak, but couldn't get any closer representation. On the old wiping cloth it separates into two distinct colours, one a more sequoia green, the other a much lighter yellowy green. I like it, it has more of a distinctness about it than Vert Empire.
I like it, I currently use quite a lot of Vert Empire, and this is similar with a bit higher saturation and some water resistance. The rub is in the price, is it worth double; on a penny per page basis the truth is the difference is not going to be all that noticeable. I plan on keeping a couple more bottles in my LE ink box before the end of the production run. I'll report back with how I get on.
I have tried to use a range of nib widths here, although looking back the Parker stub seems a little too close to the 146 medium... something for next time!
Parker Sonnet (Vert de Gris - Parker stub nib... a nice colour match for the ink )
Sonnet by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Montblanc 146 (medium nib)
146 by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
Pilot Custom 92 (fine-medium nib)
Pilot by Bigeddie100, on Flickr
As always; all comments, feedback and suggestions are very welcome.
Edited by Bigeddie, 19 August 2012 - 20:59.