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I know this is one of those "mythical" inks that everyone talks about, but the folks with bottles of it understandably guard them jealously.

 

A while back, I came across a home-made formula for it on another forum( https://fpgeeks.com/forum/showthread.php/18823-Who-wants-to-make-their-own-Montblanc-Racing-Green-ink?highlight=racing+green If that's permitted here) that looked promising.

 

The basic formula is 4.2 parts MB Golden Yellow, 4.0 parts MB Royal Blue, and .8 parts Mystery Black.

 

I decided to try my hand at making some up. I don't have a bottle of Mystery Black, but used an old "round" bottle of just plain MB black I had. The Royal Blue came is a few years old, and in one of the old-style blue/black boxes with the dark labels. The Golden Yellow of course is recent, and one of the flaws in this is who knows how long Golden Yellow will remain available.

 

In any case, I've never used/seen in person the original, but a quick test looked convincing. I just used mL quantities of the above, in an old empty Pelikan bottle(is that heresy?) measured with syringes.

 

What do you folks think?

 

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Good evening,

 

Nice mix, thank you.


Yes indeed it seems very close to the original.


Another mix with my unused inks.

  • Noodler's Zhivago 26%
  • Graff von Faber Castell Olive green 66%
  • Noodler's Old Manhattan black 2%
  • Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black 6%

This mixture is very slightly greener than the original.

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On 12/16/2020 at 5:18 PM, jean said:

Good evening,

 

Nice mix, thank you.


Yes indeed it seems very close to the original.


Another mix with my unused inks.

  • Noodler's Zhivago 26%
  • Graff von Faber Castell Olive green 66%
  • Noodler's Old Manhattan black 2%
  • Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black 6%

This mixture is very slightly greener than the original.

Hmm... I have three out of those four. Only one missing is the olive green, but I have a host of other greens. One should do the trick.

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1 minute ago, Muncle said:

Hmm... I have three out of those four. Only one missing is the olive green, but I have a host of other greens. One should do the trick.

https://inkswatch.com/ink.html?inkId=1294

that may help you to find a substitute for GvFC Olive 

 

Just give me the Parker 51s and nobody needs to get hurt.

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I do have a bottle of the MB Racing Green around here somewhere.

 

There is a modern version:

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/160797972912?hash=item25704e59b0:g:T8QAAMXQ~c9RGjMh 

 

It is really quite close. There is a topic around FPN somewhere . . . . 

 

 The links on this one are still working. You can get a good idea of what MB Racing Green looked like. 

 

 

Diamine Green/Black is close, as is Cult Pens Diamine Deep Dark Green.

 

Keep up the good work. Who knows Montblanc may bring it back in some form?

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Frank C said:

I do have a bottle of the MB Racing Green around here somewhere.

 

There is a modern version:

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/160797972912?hash=item25704e59b0:g:T8QAAMXQ~c9RGjMh 

 

It is really quite close. There is a topic around FPN somewhere . . . . 

Very expensive though if you include shipping...

@bunnspecial you seem to have made a good copy there. :) Maybe there wouldn't be too much difference if you had to use a different yellow.

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34 minutes ago, Frank C said:

There is a modern version:

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/160797972912?hash=item25704e59b0:g:T8QAAMXQ~c9RGjMh 

 

It is really quite close. There is a topic around FPN somewhere . . . . 

I paid way less than this for a real bottle of BRG a few weeks ago - that's a ridiculous price for a Diamine ink.

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I'd love a bottle of real Racing Green. It seems non-existent on Ebay...

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Selling three bottles can send your kid to Harvard.

2 Bottles to Yale.

 

MB Racing Green was once the worlds most hated ink, then with in weeks of it being discontinued became the most beloved.

 

And I had it in my hand, but as noobie was after only the ink bottle, all the advice said, throw all MB inks away.

(All things but the ink bottle were much hated 12 years ago when I came on the com. )

 

I didn't understand neither murky nor shading. In I was going to throw it away, I might as well try a brown....ok, so Sepia is not brown...is for a noobie.

I liked the  discontinued 12 E Sepia, even spent 1/3 more, E-19 on a second bottle, that soon will be cracked.

 

Someone put up a great thread with some 30-40 murky green inks. The much too late Ah HA moment where MB Racing Green was 'explained' vs a world of murky.

Well by then I did like shading inks....

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

RIP...200's once great nib, now a double ball.:crybaby::wallbash:

 

The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.

 

 

 

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