Montblanc The Beatles Psychedelic Purple
Coo coo ca choo! Montblanc The Beatles Psychedelic Purple will have you tapping your toes to the beat.
Montblanc’s Great Characters for 2017 is The Beatles, and they’ve paired their groovy pen with a Psychedelic limited edition purple. The ink comes in a beautiful square 50ml glass bottle that has replaced the 30ml one for limited edition inks. The box that it comes in is striped with colors that reference the suits worn on St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the silhouettes of the 4 members with their iconic facial hair adorn the front. This review was done with Platinum 3776 F, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia blank no.18 paper.
Psychedelic Purple is a calming violet that looks great in any nib size. With a finer nib, the ink doesn’t shade as much and has a darker eggplant appearance. With a broad nib the ink shades from a light iris to a mauve purple before finishing at the same eggplant purple that one gets in a fine nib. The ink can produce a golden sheen but only with a LOT of ink on exceptional paper. Don’t expect to be seeing any of it for normal writing.
Montblanc inks generally have good properties, and I would put this one near the top of the pack. The ink had excellent flow and good dry times at around 20-30 seconds. It is moderately saturated but still produced some good shading. There was no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper even in heavily swabbed areas. While it doesn’t have any water resistance, clean up was easy.
Overall, I was very happy with Psychedelic Purple. It fills a void in the Montblanc ink lineup that many people will appreciate. For me, the 50ml glass bottles that the limited edition inks come in are worth nearly half the price, so when it’s a good color like Psychdelic Purple it’s a no brainer to add one to the collection.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.
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