This is a limited edition ink from Nagasawa Kobe, Monet Violet, to celebrate a Zurich Museum exhibition in Japan. One of the painting exhibited is a Monet's Water Lily Pond. Obviously the ink is violet, to replicate the colour of water lilies.
This ink comes in a gorgeous box.
I unfolded the box and scanned it (and joined the two parts with software):
As you can see it's the box that attracts me and motivated my purchase.
And the bottle, very pretty as well:
It comes with a piece of paper introducing the ink.
Photo and scan. The scan is bluer than it actually is.
The colour, however, is not so special as the box. It's a moderately saturated violet. The shading is very nice. It doesn't sheen in normal writing (quite a letdown considering it's a Sailor). It's well behaved as other Sailors. In terms of water resistence, the darker part actually holds up quite well to water.
In case the handwriting is not easy to read, these are:
(left) Monet Violet, Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu, Sailor Kingdom Note Sasakia charonda, Private Reserve Tanzanite, Sailor Nioi-sumire.
(right) Diamine Pansy, R&K Solferino, R&K Magenta, R&K Cassia, Iroshizuku Yama-budo.
Monet Violet and Murasaki-shikibu are quite close in terms of saturation, MS being more red and MV more blue. The rest are more saturated. If you really like the colour of Monet Violet, I think you can mix Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu with Ajisai and get a similar colour. I might try that myself sometime.
Don't get me wrong. I do like this ink. I like the colour. It's quite beautiful. However it just lacks that little something special to be limited edition and to match the nice box. And normally I like more saturated inks.
I like this ink, a lot. Maybe I'll love it the more I use it. And the more I look at the box.