Ink Review #752: Monteverde Joy Sepia

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Monteverde Joy Sepia is from the Emotions collection. I love brown inks, from the darkest walnut brown to light sepias, and this one lands somewhere in the middle. I’m not sure that I think of sepia when I am joyful, but let’s take a look! Thanks to Monteverde for sending it over for review.

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The color:

Joy is a medium brown with a bit of a red tone.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink looks more matte, with less red.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding and feathering in the larger nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Joy Sepia has a bit less red than Diamine Cherry Sunburst, but more red than SBRE Brown. Click here to see the Monteverde inks together, and click here to see the brown inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, it’s a nice sepia brown with some pretty shading. I love the flow, it’s well behaved, and it would be a great ink for fall or winter. The color of the ink does look different depending on what color paper you use. On cream paper it looks more red, on white paper it looks more classically brown.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Monteverde for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Pilot Iroshizuku 100th Anniversary Inks, Part 2

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Pilot celebrated their 100th anniversary with some vey expensive fountain pens and a set of 7 limited edition Iroshizuku inks. I decided to break the set up into 2 groups to review them. This time let’s take a look at Fukurokuju, Hoteison and Jurojin. You can find the 50ml bottles of these inks at Pen Chalet.

Swabs:

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Hoteison is a dark green-black. Fukurokuju is a medium green and Jurojin is a cool, light purple.

Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

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Dry time:

The inks took 30-40 seconds to dry.

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was just a little bit of feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low

Other properties: All three had medium shading. Hoteison and Jurojin both had a tiny bit of sheen.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as a bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Similar inks:

Hoteison is closest to Sailor Jentle Miruai. Fukurokuju is close to Robert Oster Opal Green. Jurojin is warmer than Ajisai, but not as warm as Robert Oster Summer Storm.

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I used a Bond Travel Gear A5 notebook. I used a Pilot Vanishing Point Crossed Lines, a TWSBI Eco Transparent Green and a Pelikan M600 Violet, all with medium nibs. The inks all had a wetter flow.

Overall, out of the three I like Jurojin the most. It’s a pretty color, and I’m really enjoying it in the Pelikan M600 Violet right now.

Disclaimer: I purchased these inks myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Pilot Iroshizuku 100th Anniversary Inks, Part 1

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Pilot celebrated their 100th anniversary with some vey expensive fountain pens and a set of 7 limited edition Iroshizuku inks. I decided to break the set up into 2 groups to review them. Let’s tackle Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Daikokuten and Ebisu first. You can find the 50ml bottles of these inks at Pen Chalet.

Swabs:

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Bishamonten is supposed to be a red, but it’s really a dark pink, Benzaiten is a light warm pink, Diakokuten is a dark but vibrant yellow, and Ebisu is a lovely sky blue.

Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

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Dry time:

The inks took 20-30 seconds to dry.

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was just a little bit of feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low

Other properties: All four had medium shading. Bishamonten had medium sheen and Benziten had a tiny bit of gold sheen.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as a bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Similar inks:

Bishamonten is closest to Caran D’arche Divine Pink. Benzaiten is much warmer than Kosumosu. Daikokuten is close to Akkerman Gele Oker van Frans. Ebisu is similar to Sailor Jentle Yuki-akari.

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I used a Bond Travel Gear A5 notebook. The inks all had a wetter flow.

Overall, they are all ok and perform well, but out of the four I like Daikokuten the most. I’m just not excited by any of them.

Disclaimer: I purchased these inks myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #744: Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu

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Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu, aka Japanese Beautyberry is a pretty medium purple. I love purple inks, and this one is a great spring purple. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Murasakai-shikibu is a pretty medium purple.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there’s a tiny bit sheen, it’s a dark, antique gold color.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: medium, some of the ink washed away but you might still be able to read it.

Feathering: Low-it feathered in every nib size on Leuchtturm but did fine on the other papers.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-it only bled on Leuchtturm.

Other properties: medium shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper, and even then there was just a tiny bit.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding and feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as some feathering in the smaller nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Murasaki-shikibu is closest to Taccia Murasaki Purple. Click here to see the Pilot Iroshizuku inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pilot Vanishing Point Twilight with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I love the color and it has a nice flow but I’m not crazy about how much it feathered on Leuchtturm paper. I still really like it, I will just use it on the better papers.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #743: Monteverde Wisdom

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Monteverde Wisdom Purple is from the Emotions collection. It’s almost summer so I’ve been reaching for fun, more vibrant colors, and I think this one fits the bill. Thanks to Monteverde for sending it over for review.

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The color:

Wisdom is a bright, medium purple. Not too red or too blue, but right in the middle.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there’s a tiny bit of greenish-copper sheen. I love how it shifts in-between both colors of sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Other properties: medium shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper, and even then there was just a tiny bit.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding and feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as some feathering in the smaller nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Wisdom is similar to Waterman Tender Purple. Click here to see the Monteverde inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Sailor Pro Gear Slim Purple Cosmos with a zoom nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I love the bright purple color, it has a lovely wet flow and it’s affordable. It’s a yes for me. I have two bottles of Wisdom to give to readers, so join the giveaway below!

Update: Congratulations to Michael and Lea for winning the giveaway!

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Monteverde for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #742: Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai

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I love Pilot Iroshizuku inks, they have a lovely flow and come in pretty colors. Let’s take a look at Ajisai, aka Hydrangea. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Ajisai is the perfect purple-blue as spring hydrangeas. It’s a unique color, there aren’t many inks this shade.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there’s a tiny bit copper sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low, when exposed to water the purple washes away and only a bit of the blue is left.

Feathering: Low-there was just a bit of feathering in the larger nib sizes on Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Other properties: medium shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper, and even then there was just a tiny bit.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding and feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as some feathering in the smaller nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Ajisai is closest to Organics Studio Potassium, but it’s more vibrant. Click here to see the Pilot Iroshizuku inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Platinum 3776 Nice Lavande with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I love this color for spring and late winter. It has a great flow and the color is beautiful. It’s a win for me.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

2 years and 700 inks

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Today, May 17th, is Mountain of Ink’s two year anniversary! Not only has it been two years, but we have reached over 700 inks! Every time I complete 100 ink reviews I talk about my favorite inks by color, but this time, by reader request, we are going to tackle them by brand instead. These are my current favorites, not favorites of all time or ones you should rush out and buy, just some inks I'm really enjoying right now. Since it’s almost summer I find myself reaching for brighter, fun colors.

The First 100 Inks

The First 200 Inks

The First 300 Inks

The First 400 Inks

The First 500 Inks

The First 600 Inks

The rules: the inks have to have been in the first 700 ink reviews. They have to be my current favorites from that brand, meaning the ones I use the most often. My favorites change often, so these are the ones I have used the most in the last month.

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Akkerman

  • Shocking Blue

Ancient Song

  • Offering Incense

Aurora

  • Black

Birmingham

  • Daisy Lace

  • Marmalade

Blackstone

  • Sydney Harbour Blue

  • Barrier Reef Blue

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Bungubox

  • 4B

  • Ebisu Gold

  • Mother Pink

Callifolio

  • Andrinople

Colorverse

  • Lights on Ceres

  • Einstein Ring

  • Photon

  • Hayabusa

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De Atramentis

  • Pine Green

Diamine

  • Silver Fox

  • Gerbera

  • Peach Haze

  • Marine

  • Soft Mint

Franklin Christoph

  • Honeycomb

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J Herbin

  • Corail des Tropiques

  • Ambre de Baltique

Kaweco

  • Ruby Red

  • Paradise Blue

Kingdom Note

  • Uca Arcuata

KWZ

  • Old Gold

  • El Dorado

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Kyoto TAG

  • Kyo-no-oto #1 Nurebairo

  • Kyo-no-oto #7 Hisoku

Lamy

  • Vibrant Pink

  • Coral

  • Pacific Blue

  • Dark Lilac

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Montblanc

  • Oyster Grey

  • Lucky Orange

  • Irish Green

Monteverde

  • Confidence

  • Moonstone

  • Garnet

  • Sapphire

  • Amethyst

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Nagasawa Kobe

  • #30 Oji Cherry

Nemosine

  • Pleiades Blue Black

  • Blue Snowball Nebula

  • Coalsack Nebula

Noodler's

  • Apache Sunset

Organics Studio

  • Nitrogen

  • Walden

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Papier Plume

  • Sazerac

  • Garden District Azalea

  • Calle Real

  • Lake Michigan Summer

Pelikan

  • Onyx

  • Mandarin

  • Jade

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Pen Saijiki

  • Jakujoya

  • Fujifusa

  • Syurei

Pilot Iroshizuku

  • Take-sumi

  • Tsutsuji

  • Yu-yake

  • Yama-budo

  • Ajisai

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Platinum

  • Lavender Black

Private Reserve

  • Buttercup

Sailor Ink Studio

  • 123

  • 130

  • 143

  • 150

  • 160

  • 162

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Sailor Ink Studio

  • 230

  • 264

  • 350

  • 442

  • 452

  • 543

  • 743

  • 935

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Robert Oster

  • Blue Water Ice

  • Tranquility

  • Yellow Sunset

  • Peach

  • Thunderstorm

Rohrer & Klingner

  • Alt-goldgrun

  • Salix

  • Verdigris

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Sailor

  • Yama-dori

  • Irori

  • Sei-boku

  • Kiwa-guro

  • Black

Taccia

  • Ao Blue

  • Tuchi Golden Wheat

Waterman

  • Radiant Pink

  • Tender Purple

What inks are you loving right now?

Disclaimer: All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page, and this post is not sponsored in any way.