Ink Review #231: Monteverde Mercury Noir


It's Monteverde week, so today we are looking at Monteverde Mercury Noir. I purchased my samples of ink from Goulet Pens


The color:

Mercury Noir is a dusky red, on some papers it almost looks dark pink.


There was a little bit of black sheen around the edges.


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: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib, mainly on Tomoe River paper.

Other properties: Medium shading, low black sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was only visible in the flex nib on Tomoe River paper.

On 20 pound copy paper there was a little bit of feathering and just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Burgundy Royale, Monteverde Mercury Noir, and Kyo-no-oto #6 AdzukiiroClick here to see the Monteverde inks together. 


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow, but not as wet as the other Noir inks I've tried so far.


Overall, it's a well behaved ink, but I don't like it as much as the other Noir inks I've tried so far (Ocean Noir and Rose Noir). 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.