Monteverde - Purple Wisdom
Another Monteverde ink and this one called purple wisdom. I can tell you absolutely nothing about the name as it is purple and its wisdom and I have no idea why they put the two together. It is a part of another Monteverde set this one called emotions. The first few inks I reviewed were from the Gemstone collection, I have reviewed one from the noir collection and now this from emotions. The set includes: Peace Blue, Kindness Pink, Love Red, Gratitude Magenta, Passion Burgundy, Confidence Blue, Hope Green, Motivation Orange, Joy Sepia and Wisdom Purple.
The ink comes in the standard Monteverde 30ml bottle but with slightly different labelling. I do like the simplicity of the labeling but the colour is no indication of what you get with the ink.
On col-o-ring its not, the blue undertones are apparent but it tends more to a lilac than a dark purple. On Tomoe river paper its a bluey purple.
I have a lot of purple inks of various shades as it is my favourite colour but I could not find a single ink that came close to this. Against anything purple it looked blue and against anything blue it looked purple. The closest was Strait Pens happy accident lilac which is also quite blue under-toned and yet from the photo you can see they are not at all similar.
I used a Laban pen with a medium nib and started with cheap paper. As with previous Monteverde inks getting it started took a bit of an effort, I had to prime the pen three times. Once ink flowed the performance of this ink on the cheap paper was impressive, it did not appear to soak in yet dried quickly and had virtually no feathering and no show through. This is the first time I have used this paper for an ink review and not had feathering or show through.
From cheap to Rhodia. The ink performed impeccably but for someone who loves purple ink I don’t like this.
The last test was on Midori. The dry time was similar to that of the cheap paper.
In summary I’m not a fan of this shade of purple but it was well behaved ink. The dry times were variable depending on the paper and it lacks any shade.
Saturation – high
Shading – no
Sheen - no
Flow - excellent
Nib dry-out - none
Nib creep – none that I saw while using the pen
Start-up - hard, seems to be a feature of Monteverde inks
Feathering – nil even on cheap paper
Drying – depends on the paper but generally acceptable
Cleaning – easy, one of the best I have cleaned out of a pen in a long time
Water resistance – not sold as waterproof and it’s not it didn’t so much as run off the paper when tested as just fade before my eyes, Moonstone did exactly the same thing (link to review)
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