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Alternative To Montblanc Irish Green


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I really like the color and shading of Montblanc Irish Green. I also like its performance on poorer quality paper (from what I've seen in reviews). The one drawback is the $23 price tag which, as a high schooler, I am a bit hesitant to shell out. I was wondering if there are any similar inks out there with very minimal bleedthrough. Permanence or water resistance is preferable but not a must-have. I use a Jinhao with a fine nib if that is of any help.

Here is a writing sample from The Pen Habit, if you don't know what it looks like.


http://penhabit.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/IMG_5595_resized.jpg

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MB has exponentially stepped up its ink game over the past decade, many thanks for the competition that put the feet to the fire.

 

Pelikan brilliant green, has been enjoyed (along with MB Irish Green), toss in the slightest whisper of black to take the shine off it.

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I bought a bottle of Diamine Sherwood in a quest similar to yours. I've read that they're very similar in appearance. Though it's a beautiful green with generous red sheen, Sherwood isn't the best, performance wise. It tends to feather and bleed on lower-quality paper. I haven't yet tried diluting it, which people have recommended for other inks to reduce feathering and such.

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I like Pelikan 4001 green. Dry.

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When Pelikan brought out the new 4001 Dark Green in February 2016 they told me that their 4001 Brilliant Green would be discontinued. Now I don't know if that is/was true, but if you really need and want the 4001 Brilliant Green, get it now!

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I forgot to add.... Pelikan's 4001 Dark Green isn't all that dark a green. Check out out my review and those of vis and Chrissy. There, you can also see a few comparative inks from other manufacturers.

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For $23 you get 60 ml of ink in the classic "shoe bottle", which will refill the typical 0.75 ml capacity converter 80 times. That's a lot of writing.

 

And if funds are limited, I'd definitely recommend samples instead of bottles so you can try out an ink and make sure you actually like it. Just because everyone else likes/recommends and ink, doesn't mean you're going to like it in your pen on your paper. Not trying to knock what other people like, just that when it comes to pens and ink our individual preferences are the most important and unique.

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waterman harmonious green is a great, reasonable price. As Monteverde emerald green.

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My experience with MB Irish Green matches what you describe. It’s a very user friendly ink. It’s free flowing, no clog-ups or feathering. Irish Green along with MB Lavender purple are my favorite easy to get along with MB inks.

I can’t think of an alternative, but getting some sample viles from someplace like Anderson Pens, or Goulet’s would be a good start. Meanwhile maybe you could put a bottle of Irish Green on your Christmas list. It’s worth waiting for.

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Listen to the Badgers — green from Waterman or Monteverde will be first-class and reasonable.

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Amongst the Monteverde greens, Yosemite Green looks like the closest match to the writing sample in the first post.

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Samples are your friend. The samples aren't overly expensive and you can really try out an ink - see if it flows well in your pen. AND you won't get bored.

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waterman harmonious green is a great, reasonable price. As Monteverde emerald green.

 

Same characteristics as MB Irish Green?

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