Ink Review #275: Montblanc Golden Yellow


We are halfway through yellow week, and today's yellow ink is Montblanc Golden Yellow. I purchased my sample of ink from a pen friend, but you can find this ink for sale at Anderson Pens. This ink is a limited edition, so if it's one you love I would suggest getting a bottle before they are no longer available.


The color:

Golden Yellow is a medium bright yellow.


In large swabs the color leans a bit more orange than it does in writing.


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: None

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved well, no issues that I noticed.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Sunshine Yellow, Montblanc Golden Yellow, and Toucan Gold. Click here to see the Montblanc inks together. In writing, Sunshine Yellow and Golden Yellow are actually really close.

Bungubox Sweet Potato Yellow, Rohrer and Klingner Helianthus, and Diamine AmberClick here to see the yellow inks together.


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M400 White Tortoise on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.


Overall, this ink behaves very close to Diamine Sunshine Yellow. Let's face it, this ink is expensive-$25 for a 30ml bottle. Diamine Sunshine Yellow is very close and costs $15 for 80ml. If you like this ink but want a cheaper alternative give Sunshine Yellow a try. I do prefer Golden Yellow over Sunshine Yellow just because it seems a little bit smoother, but I don't know that it's worth the high cost. Give it a try, you might love it.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.