Recently a pen friend from my local pen club was very kind and gave me samples of his Montblanc limited edition inks. Since a lot of these inks are no longer available, I decided to lump them into 3 reviews. Today’s inks are:
Meisterstück Ultra Black, a companion to the Meisterstück pens, first released in 2016.
90 Year Permanent Gray, celebrated Montblanc’s 90 year anniversary, released in 2014.
Wood and Tobacco Gray, from the Elixir Parfumeur Collection, first released in 2018. This ink can still be found at retailers-a 50 ml bottle of this ink retails for $85 at Montblanc.
Heritage Spider Web Gray was released in 2019 and is still widely available.
Leonardo da Vinci Red Chalk was released in 2013.
James Purdey and Sons Single Malt was released in 2018 and can still be found at some retailers.
Left to right: Ultra Black is a dark black with a purple undertone. 90 Year Gray has a blue undertone that can be seen in lighter shading, Tobacco Gray leans a bit brown so the name is very fitting. Spider Gray is a cool toned light gray. Red Chalk is a vibrant red-brown. Single Malt is a bright brown-orange.
Both Tobacco Gray and Single Malt are supposed to be scented inks. Since I’m not a drinker or a smoker I don’t know what whiskey or tobacco usually smell like, so I have no idea if the scent is true-to-name, but they do smell different than the average ink.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Water resistance: Low
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in every nib size as well as a lot of bleeding, so I would not recommend these inks for cheap paper.
ranges from 5-60 seconds.
Ultra Black has a bit more purple than Sailor Ink Studio 023. 90 Year Gray reminds me of Robert Oster Graphite. I don’t have any inks similar to Tobacco Gray. Spider Gray is warmer than Diamine Silver Fox. Red Chalk is lighter than Diamine Ancient Copper. Single Malt has a bit more red in it than Robert Oster Toffee.
Overall, out of these six inks Single Malt is my favorite. I love the color and the little bit of shading. Tobacco Gray’s price tag blows me away, the cost is way beyond my personal comfort level for a single bottle of ink.
Disclaimer: This ink was provided by a pen friend for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.