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I've thought I'd devote my first ink review in FPN to an outsanding ink: Montblanc's Racing Green. This ink is known as English Green in non-English speaking countries: Vert Anglais, Verde Inglese, Englischgrün and Verde Inglés.

 

It's difficult to grasp the real appeareance of this colour on either scans or pics. In my opinion, the second pic below is the one that better reflects the real aspect of the colour. However, I've noticed that even when seen in direct, the same ink can give different shades under different lights.

 

Comments welcome ;-)

 

PS: I edit to add that even though the prices of Racing Green have rocketed in the market since it was discontinued by Montblanc, I found my bottle as a NOS lost in a local dealer for only 10$

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And finally, I've done a small water resistance test, but have used up my pics quota and haven't been able to upload the pic. I just kept a piece of written Clairefontaine paper 1 minute under the tap and then let it dry. The ink is not 100% waterproof but resists OK. The text is readable after the wash up.

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Joe in Seattle

Carlos:

 

Good review, and very nice handwriting!

"how do I know what I think until I write it down?"

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Carlos:

 

Good review, and very nice handwriting!

 

Thanks for your words!

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I'm among those who enjoy this ink and am sorry that it has been discontinued.

I came here for the pictures and stayed for the conversation.

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I always have this ink loaded in one of my pens. It's a great shame that Montblanc decided to discontinue it. I am lucky enough to have acquired three nos bottles (one is now about half used) which should keep me going for a few years !

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Tiffanyhenschel

If you use an italic or flex nib, this ink shades beautifully. If you like dark greens, it is definitely worth grabbing a bottle if you can find it anywhere.

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Consider Sailor Jentle Epinard or J. Herbin Vert Empire should you seek alternatives for this wonderful but extinct ink.

Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

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Thanks for the review idazle.

It appears a really black-green with your pen & nib.

I expected a more greenish tinge to it going by the name but still a nice colour.

 

It seems very similar to Noodler's Zhivago from a fine nib.

sinistral hypergraphica - a slurry of ink

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Tiffanyhenschel

Thanks for the review idazle.

It appears a really black-green with your pen & nib.

I expected a more greenish tinge to it going by the name but still a nice colour.

 

It seems very similar to Noodler's Zhivago from a fine nib.

 

You can produce vastly different shades of green from this ink depending on which nib you use. It ranges from almost black, like it shows in this review, to a light meadow green. I save this one for italic and flex nibs.

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Thanks for the review idazle.

It appears a really black-green with your pen & nib.

I expected a more greenish tinge to it going by the name but still a nice colour.

 

It seems very similar to Noodler's Zhivago from a fine nib.

 

Pics are somewhat misleading to judge this ink's real tinge and reflections. The Centennial nib is very wet and not that fine, in fact it's broad enough to produce a line with this colour that gives a clearly green tinge under daylight. But I'm afraid that is not shown on the pics.

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Any advice on where or how to get a bottle of this MB Racing Green I would greatly appreciate it. One of my favorite colors since my first Triumph - would love to have this in a pen. Shame it was discontinued.

 

Thanks for any help, M.

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It seems similar to Pharmacist's own IG based green ink, which has rapidly become one of my favourites.

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Any advice on where or how to get a bottle of this MB Racing Green I would greatly appreciate it. One of my favorite colors since my first Triumph - would love to have this in a pen. Shame it was discontinued.

 

Thanks for any help, M.

 

I don't know how Montblanc has the distribution of its products organized in your city, but here in Europe they distribute through boutiques which are typically hosted in larger Stationery shops. I found my bottle of Racing Green in one of these boutiques in my city in the north of Spain, which is a small city. Probably it would have been harder to find in a big city like Madrid. I guess there might be a few of these bottles in some Montblanc outlets throughout the world, particularly in small cities.

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Anyone tried mixing Zhivago and Sequoia? I could but I haven't got the MB to compare it to.

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"Meddler's 'Salamander' - almost as good as the real thing!"

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It seems similar to Pharmacist's own IG based green ink, which has rapidly become one of my favourites.

I tried searching... Do you know where Pharmacist describes this? Or is a link where it's available?

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Found it! https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php?/topic/217220-new-iron-gall-recipes-with-fancy-colours

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Any advice on where or how to get a bottle of this MB Racing Green I would greatly appreciate it. One of my favorite colors since my first Triumph - would love to have this in a pen. Shame it was discontinued.

 

Thanks for any help, M.

I found it on Amazon.com. I paid $39.00 plus shipping. I know that is a bit high, however it is extremely hard to find.

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Wow... $67...

 

Watching my hoard closely...

MB JFK BB; 100th Anniversary M; Dumas M FP/BP/MP set; Fitzgerald M FP/BP/MP set; Jules Verne BB; Bernstein F; Shaw B; Schiller M; yellow gold/pearl Bohème Pirouette Lilas (custom MB-fitted EF); gold 744-N flexy OBB; 136 flexy OB; 236 flexy OBB; silver pinstripe Le Grand B; 149 F x2; 149 M; 147 F; 146 OB; 146 M; 146 F; 145P M; 162 RB
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two years ago, I bough the last 5 bottles of mb racing green taht my favorite penshop has, it is one of my favorite inks and it is also a highly versatile one.

Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

 

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nice review, I have one bottle of this ink and color/behavior/shading is excellent.

unfortunately i have only 1 bottle, I am hoping MB will reissue this before my ink runs out.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing

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