This is an updated review of this ink. I first reviewed it in August 2020 and was less than complimentary. The ink manufacturing for the company was at one time outsourced, I reviewed an outsourced ink. Now that manufacturing is in house I took the plunge and tried again and am glad I did so feel the ink needs an updated review.
I have a number of grey inks but think this is only the second I have reviewed. Everytime I look at grey inks I wonder when is grey grey?
This is an ink from Herbins essential collection. The name sounds romantic in French, in English it translates to Burmese Amber
This is the first ink that came from a collaboration between reddit fountain pen users and Diamine, released in 2017. Other inks are aurora borealis from 2019 and this years ink - writers blood. Earl grey was my first grey ink and its a lovely silver grey with some shade.
It has been a couple of months since I reviewed an ink – work and other commitments left no time. Todays ink is Uguisu from Taccia. An ink I have been using a lot the last few days.
Taccia inks are made in Japan the pens come from the USA.
I have recently been reading about Abraham Lincoln which led me down the rabbit hole of learning about the American Civil War. The name of this ink, Antietam, for a non-American means little. I then did some reading and went and bought a sample of the ink.
Noodler's as a brand often use their inks to make political statements. Noodler's House Divided debuted at the 2017 DC Pen Show. The name I suspect refers to the partisanship in US politics more noticeable since November 2016. However, when most hear the phrase they think of Lincolns 1858 speech.
This is an ink I have wanted to try for awhile and I so wanted to love it but like many others have found it a difficult ink.
The introduction is a repeat from previous Sweet Life reviews.
In 2016 Monteverde started to re-imagine / configure their inks and as a part of that they have released a number of collections e.g. noir, emotions, gemstones and this, the Sweet Life collection released early 2019. The collections are not easy to obtain in my part of the world but Pen and Ink (Queensland) have the sets for AUD$99 plus postage.
I contacted Monteverde in the USA about some of their other inks, the US people directed me to the Australasian distributor who in turn directed me to Pen and Ink. It would appear Pen and Ink are the only retailers in this part of the world, (and have been fantastic) in the US many retailers stock Monteverde inks. In the US the sets retail on line from US$90 - $100.
As said there are 10 inks in the collection, I will divide the reviews but make some general comments here and after the last review summarise what I have found / think. The same pen was used for each ink i.e. a Birmingham Pen Co 6th Avenue pen.