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.
I wrote a little about J Herbin inks when I reviewed vert olive in November 2018. The ink today Poussière de Lune was bought simply because its purple and I liked it when I came across it on the Fountainfeder website. I had not seen it before and yet now when I look I discover it one of the most popular inks around and has been so for about 10 years. It is also a good alternative for those that like Scabiosa from Rohrer and Klingner and are worried about IG inks in their pens
The two inks I am going to review here are from cartridges not bottled ink. I bought the cartridges when I bought my first Mont Blanc pen – thinking I wouldn’t need that much ink as I couldn’t use it all so cartridges were better than bottles. Ha ha ha to me, in the 5 years since I bought the pen my ink collection has exploded. It led to me completely forgetting I had these cartridges until I had a big ink ‘sort-out’ late last year.
An aurora is sometimes known as Polar lights, they are natural light displays best seen in high-latitude regions hence around the Arctic and Antarctic. Aurora Borealis for which this ink is named are the Northern lights seen around the Arctic. The Aurora Borealis were named in 1619 by Galileo, from the Roman goddess of the dawn and the Greek name for the north wind. The Southern lights are known as Aurora Australis.
The only other Monteverde Noir ink I possess. I wanted to buy the full set but every time I went to the US it would be sold out in the shops I visited. I have now got over my want for the collection as I have found the Monteverde inks I have reviewed such a mixed bag of behaviour. Some background to the Noir collection is provided in the Smoke Noir review.