Ink Review #752: Monteverde Joy Sepia


Monteverde Joy Sepia is from the Emotions collection. I love brown inks, from the darkest walnut brown to light sepias, and this one lands somewhere in the middle. I’m not sure that I think of sepia when I am joyful, but let’s take a look! Thanks to Monteverde for sending it over for review.


The color:

Joy is a medium brown with a bit of a red tone.



In large swabs the ink looks more matte, with less red.


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 shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding and feathering in the larger nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Joy Sepia has a bit less red than Diamine Cherry Sunburst, but more red than SBRE Brown. Click here to see the Monteverde inks together, and click here to see the brown inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, it’s a nice sepia brown with some pretty shading. I love the flow, it’s well behaved, and it would be a great ink for fall or winter. The color of the ink does look different depending on what color paper you use. On cream paper it looks more red, on white paper it looks more classically brown.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Monteverde for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.