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Swabs & Swatch
Paper: HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
Depicts nibs' line-width and pens' relative wetness.
Pens, L → R: Somiko, M200, C74, 330, Phileas & Sonnet.
WRITTEN SAMPLES: Moby Dick
Row Height is 8mm.
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
Paper: Royal - 25% rag.
Paper: Pulp. One-a-Day calendar page.
'HAPPY!' on Glossy Card.
Smear/Dry Time on Glossy Paper.
Smear/Dry Time on HPJ1124.
Wet Tests on HPJ1124.
- Dye-based fountain pen ink.
- Quite possible.
- An excellent choice.
- Not a huge amount of gravitas, but MvBl is nimble and dynamic. (Please keep in mind this is Ms BlBk speaking.)
- In the higher densities MvBl could be used for mark-up and editing.
- Error correction and grading of assignments are beyond its scope.
- Reasonable for all but the most severe internal or external correspondence, in which case a hand-written document may be a non-starter.
- Just a bit of care is required.
- If not astutely paired / contrasted with other inks, the hint of violet which animates and adds dimension to MvBl creates potential for imbalance.
- MvBl should counterbalance Blues which are equally animated, yet lean into the cyan side of pure process Blue.
- Line quality is very high indeed, so unless one is using hard textured papers, MvBl can be used with confidence for cross-hatching and instances requiring tight skinny lines, figures & labels.
- A fair choice for hand-written assignments: the lively mood may indicate a bright bulb in the murk of academia. (MvBl won't ghost write 4.0 papers.)
- Lack of show- bleed-through on the the highly absorbent Royal and the run of the mill HPJ1124 indicate that MvBl will run well on 'lowest bidder' papers.
- The lack of water resistance may deter the accident prone.
- No doubt.
- MvBl has the animation for cheerful chatter.
- Even at the darkest tone shown, the ink moves along at a comfortable brisk pace.
- Could be used for pro forma writing, (but use the Lamy Green instead).
- While easy on the eye, I wouldn't write a wee note of more than eight or ten A4 pages with a wide nib.
- Shaped nibs are certainly welcome, but MvBl is a shading ink, so those two elements combined may be distracting / jumbled. If used, wide Italic nibs may well benefit from increasing the line spacing.
- For billet doux, one really should have an alternate on hand, but MvBl would suit cute notes.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS
- Modest, if not just a bit lean.
- Not seen.
- MvBl will not conceal scritchy scratchy nibs, but just a bit more would be welcome when using narrow nibs on hard textured paper. (Nothing new there.)
- None after 3 days.
- Not seen.
- Seems unlikely given the modest saturation.
- Not seen.
- Not seen.
- Not seen.
- Glossy paper - 2-5 seconds.
- HPJ1124 - 15 - 20 seconds.
- YMMV. Kindly run samples that reflect your materials and requirements.
-1- on the 4S Scale:
"Some inky artifacts remain as evidence of activity, but no words legible.
- Not apparent from a cartridge.
- (Also watch for hand sanitiser residue.)
- Extremely fast & thorough with plain water.
- No stated prohibition.
- Not claimed.
* At the time of writing, one ink is claimed to be permanent by virtue of compliance with an ISO standard for BP inks. That ink is not MvBl.
- One eyebrow cocked.
- Somehow minds me of a Cambodian dyed silk blouse - a certain lustre lurks.
- Subtle, pervasive, attractive.
- On smooth papers, all nib-widths generated shading of a sort.
- Pen+nib combos used:
- Just a bit more than expected.
- Papers used:
- Less than anticipated.
- As MvBl is fairly constant across a range of papers, it is a strong contender for a 'personal/signature' daily writer ink.
- While it is evident that an 8mm row height is fine for yours truly, (just pretend OK?), somehow MvBl strikes me as really well suited to a smaller hand - perhaps those who are comfortable with 6mm row height.
Is the name appropriate?
- The box says 'Monteverde'; the ink is 'Blue'. Simple, yes?
- Too many to recall or list.
Try this in the privacy of your own home:
- In twenty seconds - name the usual suspects which surround MvBl in the 3-stage swabs below. (Consenting adults only please.)
- Whites of course; smooth glowing expanses of white.
☠ Anything harder and/or more ink resistant than G Lalo.
☠ Dirty whites.
- Most reasonable tints.
- MvBl is not opaque or heavily saturated, so the colour of the paper will combine with MvBl.
- Will be OK on forms - no fussing about.
- Comes forward very slightly, so is easily read.
- For charts & graphs:
- Good pick.
- Good pick.
- Not really.
- HPJ1124 is fine, just fine.
- A matter of preference over performance.
OTHER THAN INK
- Eight long (magnum) cartridges in a box.
- No HazMat warnings.
- Somewhere in the wilds of Europe.
- Packaged in USA.
- Long international cartridge.
- Heavily coated card stock.
- An adhesive dot masquerades as a swatch. Tsk! . . . Tsk
- Ink colour name is printed on the UPC label affixed to the back of box.
- Daft. (When faced with temptation, my resolve not to use cartridges unless required simply sublimated.)
- All should be recyclable or benign.
- Also in bottles of 90ml, about 3 oz. by weight.
- Shows potential.
- Likely to be subtle and floating.
- The 330 on the HPJ1124 nudged-out the C74, a perennial favourite.
- There seems to be something new about this ink, but I find it difficult to pin down and describe. I really doubt that such a nuance will be evident from the scans. Indeed, that indescribable 'something' may be just the thing that makes the ink seem new.
- Having only a few cartridges, I will be squeezed to decide for-against a bottle fairly soon. (I'm sure you know the answer to that one!)
- Ah kushbaby, I don't think this is one to order immediately, but the next time a pot of your Blue ink runs dry, and the strains of Bach float away on the breeze come sun-up, give Monteverde Blue a fair go - it certainly won't disappoint.
To be relevant to most members, I make an effort to use papers, pens & nibs that are readily available. Pens are those for which I paid $100 or less, and are factory stock - not customised.
- Written Samples:
A. Sailor Somiko + TIGP F nib.
B. Pelikan M200 + g-p steel EF nib.
C. Pilot Custom 74 + 14K SFM nib.
D. Sheaffer 330 + steel M nib.
E. Waterman Phileas + steel B nib.
F. Parker Sonnet + 18K stock Italic nib.✢
✢ Cost exceeds $100.
- For lines & labels:
Pilot 'Lady' + H882 g-p steel nib.
On these papers:
- HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
- Royal - 25% cotton rag.
- Glossy paper.
- Glossy card.
- Scans were made on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted.
- Figures shown were scanned at resolutions up to 150 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Images linked were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Scans were not adjusted, so went straight to the file sharing thingy.
Edited by Sandy1, 22 December 2010 - 03:56.