Let’s take a look at a past limited edition ink today, Montblanc William Shakespeare Velvet Red. This ink was available in 35ml bottles. I like to look at past limited editions so I can find currently available inks that are similar.
William S. is a dark red, almost a red-brown.
In large swabs the ink looks much darker.
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
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in all nib sizes and a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.
William S. is closest to J Herbin Rouge Grenat and Birmingham Carnelian Silk. Click here to see the Montblanc inks together.
Overall, it’s a nice ink, well behaved and an interesting color. If you are looking for a currently available alternative, take a look at J Herbin Rouge Grenat or Diamine Red Dragon.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.