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Mb Irish Green Alternatives?

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#1 vates

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 19:11

Greentings!

 

MB Irish Green is my absolutely favorite green ink. However, the surplus of this ink in local boutiques is unstable and they often don’t have it available.

On the other hand, the famous international store, where I frequently make purchases doesn’t carry MB inks.

 

Could you please advice an ink similar in color and shading to the subject? In the first place from the range of Diamine, J.Herbin and other major brands present in Europe and the UK. (no Noodlers though! these inks are out of my reach)

 

Thanks!


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 19:20

Omas green is slightly lighter but works well for me as an alternative to MB IG.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 23:29

Thank you! However, Omas is also not so easily available in my situation.
 
I've browsed through different topics and IIUIC, the closest may be:
 
Diamine Sherwood Green and Penman Emerald (the latter is a tough to find discontinued ink).
And perhaps,  J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage.
 
Please, share your thoughts!

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 23:50

Welcome aboard.

 

Check out Cyabea's thread with all the Diamine inks. He has tested each color and you can get some ideas.


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 04:53

Hello. Sorry to hear this. I have the MB Irish Green and it is my lifetime ( for now ) go to green and is permanantely housed ( for now ) in one of my trusty Lamy Safari's with an "EF" nib. Perfect match. I DO however have a J. Herbin "Lierre Sauvage" and have used in a similar pen and find it slightly, just slightly & ever-so slightly darker... Don't be scared, to me neglible. This is, of course if you want to stay with these makers. Have you tried looking at any Private Reserve's? They offer a huge number of colors. Also, Edelstein by Pelikan has an Aventurine which is close very close to the mark. I have this one as well, and behaves as well as the MB being on the wet side, but dries well enough for my uses. Don't know why some people want an ink to dry so fast. I know there's a reason for wanting this, but sloooow down a bit. Okay, end of tangent. Good hunting, LeRoy  



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 06:50

Oh, thank you!
I'll definitely look into Edelstein Aventurine. 

 

As for the PR inks: they have too many green colors to choose from.  Which color is the closest to MB IG from your experience?

 

Cheers!


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 18:04

Edelstein Aventurine=No!!!!     4001 Green is better...more green-green too.

 

R&K Verdura beat MB Irish by a nose in a paper test I was dong, third by a neck was Pelikan 4001 green...a most under rated but widely available ink, that patted it's younger brother Edelstein Aventurine on the head while it kicked it in the pants.

 

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 20:05

Thanks for you suggestion! From the samples I've seen 4001 is a nice green but Edelstein looks closer to MB IG.


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Posted 18 January 2014 - 00:57

 

Greentings!

 

 

MB Irish Green is my absolutely favorite green ink. However, the surplus of this ink in local boutiques is unstable and they often don’t have it available.

 

On the other hand, the famous international store, where I frequently make purchases doesn’t carry MB inks.

 

 

Could you please advice an ink similar in color and shading to the subject? In the first place from the range of Diamine, J.Herbin and other major brands present in Europe and the UK. (no Noodlers though! these inks are out of my reach)

 

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

I have to agree that MB Irish Green is a wonderful green. 

 

Probably my favourite as well.

 

 

You want alternatives within UK and Europe. Where are you based?

 

Why not just stock up with a few bottles? 

 

Wheelers Luxury Gifts has it for £11 a bottle with free UK Shipping.

 

Pen Shop has it for £11.50 with free UK shipping

 

 

As for the comparisons. I have tried J Herbin Lierre Sauvage Diamine Sherwood Green and R&K Verdura, and while I like them, they just are not the same. 

 

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 21:32

Yes, I will stock some of course as soon as they are available again.     


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 19:49

Lierre Sauvage is a little light, but Edlistein Aventura is a fairly close match. Irish Green may be a little more saturated. 



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 01:59

KWZ Green # 3. At least in my L2K it's an exact match. 



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 05:38

Noodler's-Green Marine is a little darker and a very nice ink, plus it has some water resistance.  It does shade well except for the XF size nib.



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Posted 25 July 2017 - 14:47

I think that Diamine Sherwood Green is a nice one.



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Posted 25 July 2017 - 15:03

I would tend to buy Mb Irish Green, as it's readily available here. However, if you can't get it anywhere then I agree that Diamine Sherwood Green is a good alternative.  :)



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Posted 25 July 2017 - 17:13

I would tend to buy Mb Irish Green, as it's readily available here. However, if you can't get it anywhere then I agree that Diamine Sherwood Green is a good alternative.  :)

Definitely KWZ Green # 3. I can't see any difference- note the green ink under my fingernail that I can't seem to get out. That should give me some credibility as an authority of the subject, as I've clearly been experimenting :) 

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 18:41

MB Irish Green really is the chieftain of the green inks. Diamine Sherwood Green is a bit darker and leans more to the blue side of the green spectrum, but it's a very well-behaved ink. In terms of performance, I'd rank it very close to the MB. Private Reserve's Sherwood Green leans a bit more to the yellow side of the green spectrum. In my experience, it writes a bit dry and stays moist on the page for far too long. But it may be the ink whose hue most closely approximates MB Irish Green of those I've tried.

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 14:49

I've never seen MB Irish Green live, but based on the photos I'd suggest Monteverde Green. 

 

Here's a review I did on the ink.

http://www.fountainp...nteverde-green/

 

I hear Monteverde inks are hard to find in the UK/Europe.  Here's a thread discussing their availability:

 

http://www.fountainp...inks-in-europe/

 

I know the OP was looking for something easily available in Europe, but I'm including this for other people also looking for an Irish Green alternative.







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