Mont Blanc have released four inks in the Petit Prince range. Some might argue only three, this ink, sand of the desert (brown) and the recently released Petit Prince and planet (rose burgundy). I say four as I include the Homage to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Encre du Desert ink as de Saint-Exupéry wrote Le Petit Prince.
I was given this ink when I bought my first Mont Blanc pen. I was offered a bottle of any ink I would like and in those days I played it safe so chose this as I thought it would be useful. I haven’t used it since I got it and then again today. Royal blue is one of the standard Mont Blanc inks.
This is the first Diamine shimmer ink I bought, I was disappointed with it as the blue was darker than expected and I didn’t think it shimmered enough. Having said that I bought this colour because it was my first shimmer ink and it I didn't want something 'too out there'. I ended up hardly using it but then again I am not a big fan of blue inks. Doing this review I have a new respect for it.
Smoke on the water is a Diamine German exclusive and a very famous Deep Purple track. Calling this ink exclusive is a misnomer. The German Diamine inks were commissioned by SC Lucht the German distributor, they are exclusive to this company but any German retailer they supply can sell the inks anywhere they like. Hence many have purchased the the ‘German exclusive’ inks from German online retailers as I did.
I like shimmer inks – some people think they are not practical, but I use them everywhere even at work though there I tend to keep to more muted shimmer inks such as dark blues with subtle shimmer. This shimmer ink appealed because all the pictures I saw it just popped.
The latest release from Mont Blanc in their Homage series is Homage to Moctezuma 1. The ink is lovely unlike the LE pens they have released alongside the ink – I think you would have to be a big Mont Blanc fan to like them.
Another ink from one of my favourite companies. This ink is not one I would have chosen but I got a free bottle with a pen I bought so thought go out on a limb and get something you wouldn’t usually buy. I have reviewed five Birmingham Pen Co. inks so far and still rate the inks and service from the company. In the past the inks were made in Germany and bottled in Pittsburgh, production is moving so the inks can be made ‘in house’, consequently Birmingham pens are carrying very little stock presently but they will be back with more.
In owned quite a few fountain pens before I bought my first Sailor and discovered what a joy to write with they are – there is definitely something to be said for a gold nib over stainless steel. With every pen there has been a package containing cartridges of black ink. I have never used them going straight for the converter and bottled ink. However, recently I bought a pen and there was no converter – SURPRISE. A converter was ordered and while waiting I decided to use the cartridges.
Waterman Inks - Tender Purple, Absolute Brown, Audacious Red, Harmonius Green, Inspired Blue, Mysterious Blue and Serenity Blue
One of the first bottles of ink I bought was Watermans serenity blue or Florida blue as it used to be known. It is such a good all round liked by everyone colour and Waterman inks are good quality, not expensive and always reliable. I liked the ink so bought absolute brown and tender purple, just as I almost emptied the bottle my ink collection exploded and I haven't used it for a number of years. The March ink journal drop contained seven Watermans inks. It was an opportunity to rediscover lost loves and try some new colours.