Here's a cursory ink comparison of Mont Blanc Toffee Brown and Bungbox Kabayaki of the Hamanako Eel.
While looking at the following images, I'd like the viewer to keep a few things in mind:
- I used a Matsubokkuri White Mole Glass Dip Pen to write the name of the inks; this glass pen distributes ink so evenly that high shading inks will not shade when using it. The written parts should not be taken too seriously
- The swab samples are one dimensional and light (as swabs often appear to be) and should not be considered representative of the ink color as a whole
- Ink splats are over saturated and should not be considered representative of the ink color as a whole
- Individually, each section of the ink comparison (ink cards) don't mean much, but, as a whole, I do believe that all three parts accurately displays the color range that is possible to achieve (depending on pen and nib used)
Compared to Kabayaki of the Hamanako Eel (Eel), Toffee Brown is rather blush:
While Toffee Brown is a beautiful brown, it is rather dry and it shows in some of the letters. Eel, on the other hand, is nicely lubricated and the color! It falls within the sienna category for me:
No sheen to be found, but the colors warm me.
I have to say, that looking at these two colors side by side, both inks are decidedly different, though very beautiful.
Toffee Brown is a poor substitute for Eel.