Today's ink is Monteverde Smoke Noir, from the Noir 10-ink collection. I purchased my samples of ink from Goulet Pens.
Smoke Noir is a medium grey.
I was really surprised by the beautiful black sheen.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: 27 seconds
Water resistance: Medium-some of the ink smeared, but it was still readable.
Show through: Medium
On 20 pound copy paper there was a little bit of feathering but other than that it behaved well.
Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Montblanc Oyster Grey, Monteverde Smoke Noir, and Diamine Earl Grey. Click here to see the Monteverde inks together, and click here to see the grey inks together. Smoke Noir fits somewhere in between the other two, darker than Oyster Grey, but lighter than Earl Grey.
I used a medium Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a lovely wet flow.
Overall, I love the flow of this ink. It doesn't show any shading, but does have some lovely black sheen. Give it a try, you might love it.
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