Ink Review: Montblanc Irish Green

Ink Review: Montblanc Irish Green
Montblanc Irish Green Swatch

Montblanc Irish Green Ink Test


I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again.  I love greens.  My favorite color.

I mainly bought Montblanc’s Irish Green just because I like their “shoe” bottles so much.  But after using it for a while, I am really coming to like it a lot.  It has quickly taken up the #2 spot for my favorite green color, right behind Diamine Sherwood Green, and it may actually supplant it after more use, since Sherwood Green tends to come off the paper pretty easily onto a sweaty hand or finger.

This is a beautiful green color, rich and saturated.  It does, in fact, remind me of the Emerald Isles.  There is a bit of a blue tint to the green, but it’s just barely on the blue side of the spectrum.  I would still classify this color as a true green.

In terms of water reisistence, you can see from the image above, it’s not terribly resistant, but it does leave behind a faint gray line once the color has been washed away.  Thus the slightly higher score there.

Perhaps the thing I like most about this ink, however, is the unique shading.  A lot of highly shaded inks (of which this is NOT one), shade very abruptly.  The ink pools and you get pockets of heavy ink next to pockets of light ink.  There’s something about the property of the shading on this ink, however, which results in a sort of graduated shading.  You can see it more specifically in some of the other images below, but on the written text, you don’t find a lot of those “hard edges” of shading.  The ink seems to just flow into and out of the lighter and darker parts of the text.

This is a very, very pretty ink. It has behaved well for me, and I enjoy it quite a bit.

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