Monteverde's revamped line of inks recently got my attention for their comprehensive lineup of clear, distinct hues, as well as good value. A 90ml bottle can be had for about $13-$15 USD from the better known online retailers in the United States, making it a very good deal.
Monteverde touts their "ITF Technology". From Monteverde's promotional material, here's how it claims to benefit us writers:
Fountain Pen Ink with ITF™ Technology
- Ink Treatment Formula
- Improves Ink Flow
- Extends Cap-off Time
- Lubricates Feeding System
- Improves Ink Drying Time
At my recent visit to the 2017 LA Pen Show, Monteverde gave a free bottle of Malibu Blue ink to all show attendees. A company representative had all their inks available for sampling with swabs, as well as show discounts.
I brought home four bottles of Monteverde ink, and post-show I've purchased a few more online:
- Malibu Blue
- Capri Blue
- Horizon Blue
- Sapphire Blue
Monteverde also offers two blues I am missing: Caribbean Blue (turquoise), and a Blue-Black. I am posting individual reviews for each of the four Monteverde inks I have.
I filled a variety of pens with these four inks, with nibs ranging from fine to double-broad stubs. Here's a snapshot from my Bullet Journal Ink Log, showing the pen/ink assignments and a writing sample from each.
Monteverde Horizon Blue
This is Monteverde's Parker Penman Sapphire workalike. It is similar to Diamine Blue Velvet and Visconti Blue.
Here is how it appears on Clairefontaine paper.
Horizon Blue is a deeply saturated, "pure" blue. It doesn't lean to purple or green.
Horizon Blue has a light amount of shading on Tomoe River. A little bit of red sheening can be seen in the Tomoe River sample.
Horizon Blue is a well-behaved ink. I had no skips or hard starts on the initial flow.
Horizon Blue came in second place for flow amongst the four inks tested. In my Sheaffer Prelude with M nib (a wet pen), it comes out wet but not too wet.
Like the other Monteverde inks, Horizon Blue has good lubrication, but has some stiction at the start/stop of a pen stroke. In my Clairefontaine bullet journal, my Sheaffer Prelude squeaks as I write!
Dry time is moderate, between 25 and 30 seconds on Clairefontaine paper from the Prelude.
Horizon Blue performs well in the feathering test on cheap office paper.
There is a medium amount of bleedthrough on the other side of the page on the cheap office paper.
Horizon Blue probably performed best of the four Monteverde inks, but still it is not a water-resistant ink in the 10 second immersion test.
Comparison with Other Inks
Here is a tile comparing Horizon Blue with other medium blue inks.
NB: The Parker Penman Sapphire is from a diluted sample and so isn't quite true in terms of saturation.
Edited by ErrantSmudge, 10 March 2017 - 02:30.