Ink Review #591: Montblanc Emerald Green


Montblanc had an ink in the 80’s called Emerald Green, which has been discontinued for quite a while. In 2018, they released a new version of the ink under the same name. A reader was able to send me a sample of her Grandmother’s vintage Emerald Green, and I purchased some 2018 Emerald Green so we could compare the two and find some similar inks. The 2018 Emerald Green is still available online from Montblanc. Thanks to Zoe for sending in the ink! For this review, I’ll focus on the 2018 version, and then compare it to the vintage.


The color:

Emerald Green is a very pretty medium teal.


Vintage vs. 2018

On the left is the vintage version of this ink and on the right is the 2018 version. Both are very similar, but the vintage has just a bit more blue in it. The vintage still performs well.



In large swabs there is some pretty shading and a little bit of dark pink sheen.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in the large nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Colorverse Photon is the closest to Emerald Green, but Pelikan Edelstein Jade is also close. Birmingham Emerald Scout is similar, but has more blue, and is not widely available yet. Click here to see Montblanc inks together, and click here to see the teal inks together.

Longer Writing:


Longer Writing:

I used a Pelikans with broad nibs on Tomoe River paper. The inks had average flows. Both versions are very similar in writing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this ink. If it’s not available near you, Colorverse Photon is a good alternative.

Disclaimer: A sample the vintage ink was provided by a pen friend and I purchased the other ink. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.