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.
Moctezuma 1 was born in 1398 and died in 1469. He is also known as Moteuczomatzin Ilhuicamina, Huhuemoteuczoma or the more well known name Montezuma. He was the 5th king of Tenochtitlan and the 2nd Aztec emperor. The Aztec empire was made up of the triple alliance of three city states Tenochtitlan, Texcoco and Tlacopan. The three city states ruled in and around the valley of Mexico. Tenochtitlan became the dominant partner of the alliance and under Moctezumas rule the empire was expanded, he undertook a lot of reforms that strengthened the Aztecs, this lasted until the arrival of the Spanish in 1521.
The packaging is the standard limited edition Mont Blanc box of outer hard sleeve with a drawer inside holding the ink bottle. The bottle is square glass and looks like crystal, the Mont Blanc logo is on the cap.
The col-o-ring swatch is a teal but a greeny teal and to prove this is not turquoise as Mont Blanc say I have put it against pelican 4001 turquoise.
On Tomoe river paper it looked more blue. In fact it reminded me of Diamines Blue peppermint 2019 inkvent calendar but without the shimmer.
The pen used for the writing is a Sailor slim progear with a medium nib.
Starting with Rhodia. I know the photo makes the paper look blue but that is a very good representation of the colour of the ink on the paper. I have not put this photo through any editing programme. Impressive dry time.
On Tomoe it is teal with some shading. Very slow dry time.
On copy paper – no shading, dry time not as good as Rhodia but quicker than Tomoe. I have written no feathering on the paper but when I look at the photo again there is a little bit, its just not that obvious in the photo.
I do like this ink. I didn’t think I was a fan of teal ink but they are growing on me and as I don’t have many I could justify the cost of this ink. Bought directly from Mont Blanc as they ship internationally with no postage charge. As with all Mont Blanc inks not cheap ($NZD63) but good quality.
Similar inks in the shade range are below though Diamine steel blue (top right) and Sailor Kobe story nunobiki emerald (bottom right) are more blue.
In summary -
Saturation – high
Shading – yes but paper dependent and even then minimal
Sheen – no
Shimmer - no
Flow - good
Nib dry-out - none
Nib creep - none
Start-up – Excellent
Feathering - no
Drying – the better the quality of paper the slower the drying (found that with other MB inks)
Cleaning - good
Water resistance – not sold as waterproof but not bad