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.
This ink is rose noir. A rose is a woody perennial plant of the genus Rosa. In 1986 President Reagan signed legislation to make the rose the flower emblem of the United States. There are over 300 hundred species of rose and it flowers in many colours. Despite the myriad of colours most think or deep red or pink when rose comes to mind. This ink is a dark dusky pink bordering on purple.
The ink comes in the standard Monteverde 30ml bottles but the labelling is different to their other inks. The label is quite plain and just states the name of the ink.
Chromatography revealed a combination of at least three purple shades and dark blue.
On col-o-ring it was a dusky rose or dusky purple colour (depending on how you look at it) with some darker to black shading.
On Tomoe I was going to say purple but I showed it to friends and they said grape.
I started the writing tests using Rhodia and became a little frustrated as the ink seemed to have poor flow. I have found this with other Monteverde inks despite them being lubricated. My first attempt below.
Rose noir is also a very user friendly ink on cheap paper, minimal feathering but most importantly no show through or bleeding.
Last Tomoe river and I was reminded as to why I was excited when I had seen this ink on Instagram. I think the colour is great and I really like the amount of shading. Dry time was not as good as Rhodia but still very acceptable.
The closest dupes I could find are below though the Krishna ink is pinker and the Birmingham Pen co. ink more burgundy.
This is by far the best of the Monteverde inks I have reviewed. I was so pleased it didn’t disappoint. Monteverde inks are good value for money but seem to be inconsistent in behaviour. This, however I would recommend to people to buy.
In summary –
Saturation – good
Shading – excellent
Sheen – no
Flow – good
Nib dry-out – no
Nib creep – none
Start-up – excellent
Feathering – no except cheap paper but even here very minimal
Drying – good
Cleaning – easy
Water resistance – not sold as waterproof but after being held under running water a lot still remained.