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Montblanc Shakespeare Velvet Red


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Another good red from Montblanc.





(on Clairefontaine white paper)



(Maruman looseleaf, ivory)


(Tomoe River. The Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot sample is written by fireant. The camera emphasised the contrast between Matador and Shakespeare but in real life they are really similar.)



(They make a perfect match!)


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Beautiful review ! I love it ! Usually I don't like red, but I fall in love with this one, it was love at first sight.

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Nice review and lovely photos!

I got this ink and although I'm trying to like it, it just hasn't grown on me. The ink I got has more dull orange-y undertones than in the photos, so I'll probably sell it.

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Good review and good ink. Although red isn't at all my specialty (either), I like this one as it really does seem to suggest a red velvet to me. Okay, maybe MB has won here, but they (MB) certainly do have a lot of experience in issuing red inks over the last ten years.... Or maybe I like it because this is the MB ink which I have waited longest for. It was first mentioned and/or bought in the States last Spring but it only appeared here for sale in Krautland six months later....


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Wonderful review as always! And I do like this red.

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I like the Oster Astorquiza Rot (I bought this one). I'm not sure yet about the Shakespeare Red. I still have plenty of Diamine Carnival left, and then their's Papier Plume's Lovers' Red.

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I have pictures to prove it... In my experience, Astorquiza Rot and Montblanc Velvet Red are so close is scary... ;)


I also compare it to Carube (which is much darker and brown) and and Hitchcock red (which is more purple.. but I never notice before)..


Give me some time to upload pics...





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It is still available in Oz, or so the vendor says. I just ordered some now. Freight could be prohibitive for others.....

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I ordered mine from them two months ago, and I didn't receive it until last week. They will only tell you they're out of stock and waiting for restocking after you've ordered, so you never know whether they have it or not beforehand.

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They will only tell you they're out of stock and waiting for restocking after you've ordered, so you never know whether they have it or not beforehand.


You can always email them and ask. They are quick to reply to any questions and always pleasant.

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Well no, it's really not a problem. They still sell it, and let you know it'll be a delay; it's not like it's gone forever and they just take your money and run. And they'll tell you whether it's there if you simply ask. I'd rather they continue to spend their time on their good customer service and quick dispatch of orders than bothering to update hundreds of products whether it's in their physical location or not.

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