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Mont Blanc - Swan Illusion Plume

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#41 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 20:30

Very interesting even though, I am not in to gray inks, this one seems interesting


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Posted 04 May 2019 - 04:02

I purchased a bottle and received two....it is an unique ink. Even with XF nib...the ink is wet and pools. Great shading. It is definitely hard to describe the color...a very unsaturated complex ink. The box does list it as a grey...there is a grey component however it is not a gray. There is light brown in there...I don't know which is the dominant color. I don't also know how I feel about it. I will write with it over the next 3 days and decide. I do like the fact that it is an unsaturated ink.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 01:33

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Namrehsnoom sees some admirable qualities in this ink, and does such a terrific job of analysis that these qualities may be there. My opinion: I dont see any attraction. What Arragon was saying about mediocrity in this passage, well, he could have been talking about this ink.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 01:37

I was very happy with Monteverde's Moonstone for my alternative.

 

I respect many of Montblanc's inks but after my bottle of Elixir Parfumeur, leather scent, Orange Brown, I have been less inclined to try each of their special edition inks.



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Posted 14 May 2019 - 01:51

Antoine de Saint-Exupery is super, but this one, I’m not a fan.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 23:24

We could create a new saying: one mans signet plumage is another man's cardboard. I'm on the signet side but Moonstone comes close. Both make lovely, subtle inks.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 23:25

Cygnet.....stupid auto correct.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 23:58

I was very happy with Monteverde's Moonstone for my alternative.

 

I respect many of Montblanc's inks but after my bottle of Elixir Parfumeur, leather scent, Orange Brown, I have been less inclined to try each of their special edition inks.

 

 

Is Moonstone slightly darker than Swan Illusion? My version on Swan Illusion looks like a watery golden light brown or Toffee Brown watered way down with no red hue. 149 with XXF nib on HP 32. I also have 2 bottles of it.  :wallbash:  


Edited by Jesus1, 15 May 2019 - 00:00.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:08

Since I don't have Swan Illusion, I can only imagine it from swatches I have seen.  I do have KYOTO TAG's Kiro- Iro Stone Road of Gion & felt the glance I saw of the Illusion swab seemed a bit darker than that.  So I chose to try the Moonstone & certainly that decision was based on it's nominal cost.  Having two "similar inks" seemed sufficient to me to avoid Swan Illusion.



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:24

Since I don't have Swan Illusion, I can only imagine it from swatches I have seen.  I do have KYOTO TAG's Kiro- Iro Stone Road of Gion & felt the glance I saw of the Illusion swab seemed a bit darker than that.  So I chose to try the Moonstone & certainly that decision was based on it's nominal cost.  Having two "similar inks" seemed sufficient to me to avoid Swan Illusion.

 

 

Which do you like best Stone Road or Moonstone and why?



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:12

I like each of them for their unique appearances; browns are one of my favored inks & I enjoy the diversity between the "warms & cools."  I wouldn't have thought pf Moonstone as a brown until I tried an ink from Switzerland, HIERONYMUS, Brown 1, their darkest of the 3 brown choices available.  I like it enough to keep a dedicated pen filled, something I also do with another warm brown in another pen.  I was probably lucky that each of these pens & inks are compatible with each other but they perform well & I enjoy knowing both those inks are "@ my fingertips."  Those are the only two pens that get refilled with the same ink, the rest get varied inks.



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Posted 18 May 2019 - 21:20

Thanks a lot for this. I was very interested in this one. I'll be putting it on my wishlist ;)



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Posted 23 May 2019 - 04:16

This thread has actually got me interested in Monteverde Moonstone (over Swan Illusion).  I have somewhat similar Papier Plume Pecan already, and Pecan has some unusual qualities like blue-green outlining effect.  It's more feathery, however, so one should be careful with paper selection for that Papier Plume ink.


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Posted 23 May 2019 - 05:11

Great review!  After seeing this review, I did purchase a bottle.  

 

I have to say, in my humble opinion, this is a very unusual ink.  No, it isn't brown and it isn't gray, and it isn't gray-brown.  It is subtle and complex.  It shades beautifully as already mentioned several times.  I much prefer it over Monteverde Moonstone.  I used all of my sample of Moonstone, but Moonstone seems to be more brown than Swan Illusion. 

 

One thing is for sure, it shines when it is used in a broader nib. 

 

So thank you, namrehsnoom, for your great review and leading me to this great ink!  


Edited by DrPenfection, 23 May 2019 - 05:13.

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:55

Great review!  After seeing this review, I did purchase a bottle.  

 

I have to say, in my humble opinion, this is a very unusual ink.  No, it isn't brown and it isn't gray, and it isn't gray-brown.  It is subtle and complex.  It shades beautifully as already mentioned several times.  I much prefer it over Monteverde Moonstone.  I used all of my sample of Moonstone, but Moonstone seems to be more brown than Swan Illusion. 

 

One thing is for sure, it shines when it is used in a broader nib. 

 

So thank you, namrehsnoom, for your great review and leading me to this great ink!  

 

Deborah,

You changed your avatar...I always wanted to comment on the old one...Was that your dog swimming underwater...chasing the ball?

If so how did you take the pic?

I know it's off topic...

Regards,

David


Edited by Jesus1, 23 May 2019 - 08:55.


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Posted 23 May 2019 - 14:53

Great review!  After seeing this review, I did purchase a bottle.  

 

I have to say, in my humble opinion, this is a very unusual ink.  No, it isn't brown and it isn't gray, and it isn't gray-brown.  It is subtle and complex.  It shades beautifully as already mentioned several times.  I much prefer it over Monteverde Moonstone.  I used all of my sample of Moonstone, but Moonstone seems to be more brown than Swan Illusion. 

 

One thing is for sure, it shines when it is used in a broader nib. 

 

So thank you, namrehsnoom, for your great review and leading me to this great ink!  

 

 

Deborah,

If you would not mind...can you do a quick writing sample in the B and one in the F. I have two bottles of this ink and I can't get it to look like any sample I have seen...I would appreciate it...

Regards,

David



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Posted 24 May 2019 - 00:09

Thanks for the review.  

I'm now of two minds about this ink.  Someone posted some pix the other day and it looked quite nice (I like browns that lean towards sepia, rather than ones that lean red).  And like someone else, I was thinking that this might be nice for drawing with.

But in the review here, it seems a lot more, well, insipid....  Definitely need to sample the ink first -- if at all possible -- before committing to a full bottle -- because it *isn't* cheap.  
I'm curious as to how it compares to something like Edelstein Smoky Quartz -- which I really like.  And to FPN member Pharmicist's original formula of Terra Incinerata (although even he admitted was a little too green leaning).

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 01:45

I tried it again...I see a Golden Brown...again I am using an EF nib...and was dipping it. i wasn't in the mood to flush a pen.



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Posted 24 May 2019 - 23:51

 

Deborah,

You changed your avatar...I always wanted to comment on the old one...Was that your dog swimming underwater...chasing the ball?

If so how did you take the pic?

I know it's off topic...

Regards,

David

 

LOL!  Yes, I do change things up occasionally.  The Cavalier pup underwater is not my dog and I did not take the picture.  I found it somewhere and really liked it so I put it on my computer.  My current avatar is my youngest Cavalier.  Her name is Yofi, which I have been told means "glorious beauty" in Yiddish.  


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 23:56



 

 

Deborah,

If you would not mind...can you do a quick writing sample in the B and one in the F. I have two bottles of this ink and I can't get it to look like any sample I have seen...I would appreciate it...

Regards,

David

 

 

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These aren't the best photos (taken with an iPhone under LED desk lighting), but I think you can see that the color really varies with the pen.  My one and only EF is out being "tuned up".  So, I wanted to show you what the ink looks like with a drier nib (my Pilot VP stub nib) and with the wetter nib (my Pilot VP fine nib).  

 

I am not a big fan of brown or gray inks.  But I really like this ink.  Out of the 60 or so inks that I have, this has worked its way into my top 5.  


Edited by DrPenfection, 24 May 2019 - 23:59.

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