Review: Montblanc Emerald

My thanks to Danny for the ink sample.

Montblanc Emerald is Montblanc’s 2018 Colour of the year. It is a delightful colour. The green is bright and it pops right off the page. It shades well, going from a dark saturated green to a bright blue-green colour. But with the price of Montblanc non-standard inks going up, I’m not sure I’ll add it to my collection even though I really enjoyed this ink.

Review: Pen BBS No 224 Tolstoy

My thanks to Ana of The Well Appointed Desk for the ink sample.

Pen BBS is a China ink manufacturer. They have a wide variety of ink colours. No. 224 Tolstoy is a shade of green-yellow that’s just right up my alley. I’m a sucker for almost all kinds of green-yellow. I love it a whole lot. It shades super well going from a mossy green to an almost Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin light green-yellow. No. 224 Tolstoy is dry so it won’t give you the best writing experience if you filled it into a dry writer.

Review: KWZ Chicago Blue

My thanks to Ana of The Well Appointed Desk for the ink sample.

KWZ Chicago Blue is a standard dark blue ink. It is mostly flat and doesn’t shade very much. It does have the standard KWZ ink scent and so if you don’t like it, stay away. This colour feels excellent for corporate use. Also if you are looking to buy a bottle of KWZ Chicago Blue, you’re probably out of luck. This was made exclusively for the Chicago Pen Show 2017.


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Review: 3 Oysters Purple Grey

My thanks to Glenn for the ink sample.

3 Oysters is a Korean ink brand that is just starting to surface on my radar. Purple Grey is like its name purple and grey. The purple can be just the barest of hints. 3 Oysters Purple Grey is dry without a doubt. It is an excellent ink to tame wet nibs and for lefties in general. Personally I don’t think Purple Grey is a very unique colour but if you are looking for a dry ink that’s corporate friendly, 3 Oysters Purple Grey will be an interesting choice.