Ink Review #328: Montblanc Swan Illusion


Today we are looking at Montblanc Swan Illusion Plume, a new 2018 limited edition ink. I wanted to review this ink but couldn't find samples anywhere so I put out a request online and Krys from SquishyInk came to the rescue and sent a sample over for review. You can find this ink for sale at Appelboom.


The color:

Swan Illusion is a very light brown. It's almost a taupe color. I do think it is the color of some swan feathers, so the name is a good fit.



In large swabs, the ink is much darker, and has a slight green tinge.


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 shadingno sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering in every nib size as well as a bit of bleeding, so it's not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Espresso, Montblanc Swan Illusion, and Robert Oster Melon Tea. Click here to see the Montblanc inks together. Swan Illusion has a similar tone to Melon Tea, but is much lighter. Espresso is darker and warmer than Swan Illusion.


Longer writing: 

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


Overall, the ink is a bit light for everyday use, and the flow is a bit too dry for my taste.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by SquishyInk for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links.