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Montblanc Ink Smudge Resistance


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#1 honore



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Posted 06 May 2020 - 13:22

So about 10 years ago I thought montblanc ink was the best, although back then I had no idea what makes an ink "good" or "bad", overall the 8 or so inks I have performed well and i had no complaints but pretty much never use them since the colors are not my taste anymore.


Fast forward to today, my most recent MB ink purchase is royal blue which I think is a fantastic blue and performs very well in the pen; the problem I am noticing is that is smudges DAYS after being laid down on paper.  As a very primitive control, Pilot Blue Black ink, on the same papers, dries to be completely smudge proof in 30-60 seconds max.  Has anyone observed this about mb ink?  What exactly causes this?  How much does the ambient temp and humidity affect this property of inks?


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#2 Tas


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Posted 06 May 2020 - 16:20

I have four bottles of Mont Blanc Midnight Blue (3 IG formula and 1 non IG). Never smudged.

I also have a bottle of their excellent Permanent Black. This will smudge if laid down from a wet pen. Whilst I adore its darkness I cannot practically use it in my Visconti Homo Sapiens.

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Posted 08 May 2020 - 02:19

I found Montblanc Permanent Black prone to smudge.  Stopped using it for that reason.

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Posted 08 May 2020 - 07:23

I was gifted a bottle of MB Mystery Black.  Its water resistance is not stellar, but its behavior has been beyond reproach in the hooded nib Chinese pens I've put it into, on the salvage copy paper I generally use.

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