It might not prevent a hangover, but Monteverde Amethyst will keep your pen happy and hydrated.
Monteverde Amethyst is a beautiful royal purple that is easy on the eyes and wallet. The Ancient Greeks thought drinking from an Amethyst cup would prevent intoxication, but you might find yourself intoxicated with this color. Amethyst is available in a 30ml glass bottles as well as our 3ml samples. At only $8 for the 30ml glass bottle it is a very competitively priced ink. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Lamy Al-Star B and on Rhodia blank no.18 paper.
Monteverde Amethyst is a fairly saturated color, and doesn’t display a huge difference in color between a fine and broad nib. In a fine nib, the ink is a uniform eggplant color. With a broader nib one gets a bit of shading from a lighter iris color to a dark royal purple. I’ve avoided saying it, but Monteverde Amethyst is a true-to-form Amethyst color. The ink does produce a beautiful green sheen, but only when it is swabbed or brushed onto a quality paper. Do not expect to get any of the sheening on your normal papers with your usual writing instruments.
The other Monteverde inks that I’ve reviewed have had good properties, and Amethyst stays on track. The ink has good flow, with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. It is saturated ink with higher dry times at 20-30+ seconds. The ink has no water resistance, but clean up is a piece of cake.
This is a good looking ink that works well. In a finer nib, the ink is dark enough that you might be able to pull off using it at work. If not, it is a great color for all your other writing needs.
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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