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Monteverde California Teal

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#1 gsgill112

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 20:07

Hi Everyone,

 
DISCLAIMER : This is my Second Ink Review on this forum so please comment and any Suggestions are Most Welcomed.  :)  :D 
 
First of all, A Big Thanks to LIVTEK INDIA  for providing me the sample of this lovely Teal Ink, Do check them out at the link given above  :), That being said This is an Honest Review and I DO NOT REPRESENT LIVTEK OR MONTEVERDE IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER.  
 
1.    Sample
So, I received this sample in a Monteverde 30ml Ink Bottle and was immediately impressed with the lovely Teal Colour with some awesome Red Sheen.   

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Shaking the bottle and seeing the beautiful teal colour is just awesome.

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I was also impressed with the amount of sheen this ink has right ON the bottle and cap

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2.    Comparison 

​SO to understand the Colour profile, I have classified them to similar inks I Own:-

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You can see right out that the ink is quite similar to Jacques Herbin 1670 Émeraude de Chivor (Emerald of Chivor ) and the Monteverde D.C SuperShow Teal (2019 Special Edn from Monteverde).  All three have the same Red sheen and this ink falls somewhere in between the above two colours. 

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It is slightly light than the Monteverde D.C SuperShow Teal (2019 Special Edn from Monteverde) and comparable to the J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor less the Golden Sparkles.   

 

 

3.    Writing Samples

I am using a DIP PEN this time as

 --> This would be a standardised in my future reviews,

 -->  It puts out good amount of Ink on paper, 

 --> and I can test the cleanliness and staining factors easily. 

 

You can see the ink on the nib as well as the beautiful red SHEEN on the macro shot of the nib.

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and after letting the nib Dry for 5-10 days, dipping it in water and swirling the nib for 3-5 sec, the nib comes out squeaky clean ONLY in ONE DIP, without any traces of stains. So, This ink is VERY EAST TO CLEAN AND DOES NOT STAIN ANYTHING.     

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Following is how the ink performed on different papers. 

 

       (a).    Ink Resistant Paper:- 

                Writes perfectly with NO BLEED THROUGH OR FEATHERING, It does not shade at all and leaves a lovely Reddish Sheen on paper clearly visible :) COOL. The ink is very well behaved and lubricated and has the Monteverde ITF Technology . Though I experienced Huge Dry times on such paper but it looked Beautiful and 

It has a Beautiful Reddish sheen as found on Jacques Herbin 1670 Émeraude de Chivor (Emerald of Chivor ) and the Monteverde D.C SuperShow Teal (2019 Special Edn from Monteverde)

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This Ink DOES NOT SHADE WELL. 

 

NOTE : -- > I am using a very thin paper with wax kinna coating/ lubrication on paper making the paper highly ink resistant, although you can see the text on reverse, It is NOT Bleed through but rather the thin nature of the paper.

 

       ( B).   FP Friendly Paper

                     The Ink writes perfectly and does NOT BLEEDTHROUGH even after putting a lot of ink on paper. It is really Saturated and the Colour just Pops out. Dry Times are really good. I does sheen even on the copy paper. 

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       (c ).   Recycled Paper 

                    Well frankly speaking this is a (beep) of a paper very close to a News paper but the ink performed really well, I won't talk about the Dry Time on this paper as It is close to ZERO. The ink is immediately absorbed by the paper and you can see huge Feathering and Bleed Through, but taking into account the paper, it performed really well and the text is clearly visible. 

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4.    Additional Properties 

         I am a curious guy so, I did  chromatography using a Tissue paper and it was Awesome, You can clearly see the Blue poking out even before I soak the tissue wet and once I do that the Light Blue / Turquoise crawls on a tangent to the Subtle Green tones (I am very bad with colours so please correct me if I am wrong here). 

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Water Resistance:-   

          The ink is NOT AT ALL WATER RESISTANT and completely fades out. On the brighter side it is really easy to clean from the pen. It is Advertised as a safe ink to use and I did not face any issues while enjoying this ink.It behaves really well. Don't think of keeping the big nib saturate with this colour for longer (say > 10 Min or so), It will dry up but somehow not completely, If you touch it once it is dried,  it will definitely stain your hands and everything you touch BEAWARE.

 

This is a water Drop Test on cheep Copy paper

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This is a 10Sec running tap water test :-  

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Sheen Test :-
     As mentioned before the ink sheens quite well here are some shorts of that:- 
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5.    Final Thoughts 

         So, for about 1100 INR for a 90ml bottle you are getting an enormous and a well performed ink for very Cheep. I would definitely recommend this ink for daily carry purpose (Provided you like the colour) and anyone interested in a Teal Saturated colour (More towards green) with a hint of Gorgeous Red Sheen. All in all an wonderful ink to work with. 

 

Once again I would like to Thank LIVTEK INDIA  for giving me this opportunity to test the Ink. Do visit them for some more interesting Inks from various brands such as Stipula, Monteverde, Etc.. and do click their Awesome Fountain Pen Collection. 

 

 

Thanks a lot for making through, please do comment if you have any other opinions,

Stay Safe, Keep Enjoying the FP Journey,

and Stay Curious 

 

Thanks & Regards, 

GS Gill

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#2 taimdala

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 22:11

This is an AWESOME review! I love your categories and the way you approached them. And your pictures are wonderful.

The review is a wonderful breath of fresh air. Please keep doing your reviews. You're doing them right. ^_^

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 22:33

Nice review, I do hope to see more of them...

You've got me curious about the paper you used, especially the wax coated paper and the FP friendly paper.

They look very good, and I am especially wondering about the wax coated one... how could that be a pleasant writing experience (or was it? it does not look as if you struggled...)

I love the photos of the glass nib, great idea to test the ease of getting it off with it. And it does show off the sheen!


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 10:17

Great review.. Keep up the good work... 

You might want to have a sample writing  in FP. The colour will probably become lighter :)



#5 gsgill112

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 11:44

Great review.. Keep up the good work... 

You might want to have a sample writing  in FP. The colour will probably become lighter :)

Thanks for the Tip, Will Do so in near future :) 



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Posted 22 June 2020 - 11:53

Nice review, I do hope to see more of them...

You've got me curious about the paper you used, especially the wax coated paper and the FP friendly paper.

They look very good, and I am especially wondering about the wax coated one... how could that be a pleasant writing experience (or was it? it does not look as if you struggled...)

I love the photos of the glass nib, great idea to test the ease of getting it off with it. And it does show off the sheen!

Thanks for the comment, 

The ink resistant paper is actually paper Roll coated with wax which was used in old FAX machines. It is slightly better than the credit card receipt you get on swiping. It has one side coated in a wax that darkens on heat making the txt appear.

 

As the paper is really old I got few Km long roles of them for a bargain. It actually helps the Fountain pen and I usually get a feeling of writing from a Smooth Broad Nib even when using a cheep EF nib on the paper. That being said, Broad nibs usually works fine for few words and then stops working as the paper itself acts like hydrophobic material.

 

As I am a Fine Writer, So No issues :)

 

As the FP Friendly paper, these are also really old sheets I was able to find in some Indian Govt Offices which I practically got for FREE :) . (Not long ago FP was Kinna the writing thing in INDIA and you can still find some really Awesome FP friendly paper laying around somewhere)

The only downside is that the paper is slightly tinted towards GREEN spectrum so this Ink with the background really shines out :)

 

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#7 gsgill112

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 11:54

This is an AWESOME review! I love your categories and the way you approached them. And your pictures are wonderful.

The review is a wonderful breath of fresh air. Please keep doing your reviews. You're doing them right. ^_^

Thanks a ton :) 



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Posted 22 June 2020 - 12:22

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#9 mhguda

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 12:25

thanks for explaining about the paper. Over the years I got several notebooks, pads, and journals from India, almost all with awesome paper. I'm kind of jealous of you with that FREE FP friendly paper. Enjoy! while it lasts. My one complaint about the notebooks I got (some of them even bought locally, since some merchants here do import from India) is that they are lined and the color of the lines is very much in your face... I'd like some of that paper blank!


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Posted 23 June 2020 - 00:06

Excellent review! I’m a big fan of Monteverde inks. California Teal is a favorite. 



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Posted 23 June 2020 - 00:12

Nice review!  Thank you for doing this!


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Posted 29 June 2020 - 16:35

Thoroughly enjoyed your review - so much so that I will probably get a bottle.

 

Thanks much!


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Posted 29 June 2020 - 19:50

I got some beautiful red sheen on Midori paper, but none on Apica.



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Posted 29 June 2020 - 19:54

Gorgeous color!







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