This is review two and the introduction is a repeat from the previous review.
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, Australia) have the sets for AUD$99 plus postage.
I contacted Monteverde in the USA about some of their other inks and after being directed to the Australasian distributor they then directed me to Pen and Ink . It would appear Pen and Ink are the only Monteverde ink retailers in this part of the world, (and have been fantastic) in the US many retailers stock Monteverde inks where the sets retail on line from US$90 - $100.
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.
The inks are named after a collection of popular American desserts, I couldn’t think of anything more American than keylime pie or blue velvet cake, some of the others are fairly international e.g. chocolate pudding and birthday cake.
Each ink comes in a 30ml glass bottle with more interesting labels than some of Monteverdes other inks. They all contain ITF technology. ITF stands for ink treatment formula which in Monteverdes words -
“drastically improves ink flow quality, extends cap-off times and lubricates and protects the ink feeding systems from cororsion and clogging”
The inks come in a black magnetic sealing box which is ‘specifically designed for reuse and recycling. The box is contained within a soft cardboard outer sleeve. Pictures of the packaging are in my first review.
The colour range is limited with a preponderance of browner shades.