Monteverde Jade Noir
Sculpt your own word-masterpiece with Monteverde Jade Noir.
The days of Monteverde offering 12 colors of ink are over. Their ink selection is now HUGE, with new colors often debuting as a series. One of the most recent, the Noir line, includes Jade Noir. Monteverde inks are available in a 30ml and 90ml bottle, although we prefer the 30ml for its convenience and outstanding price-tag of $8. The 30ml glass bottle is rectangular and has an opening that accommodates every pen size. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Lamy Studio B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
Jade Noir is a dark, piney green. The ink doesn’t shade much and therefore has a very similar appearance in both a fine and broad nib. The lightest the ink ever gets is a seaweed green, but even that is a fairly dark color. If you were to use a brush, you might be able to get some red/brown sheening, but that is not achievable using a pen.
As with other Monteverde ink I’ve reviewed, Jade Noir performed quite well. The flow was good with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. As stated this is a highly saturated ink, but the dry times were still good at 20-30 seconds. While the ink didn’t have any water resistance, clean up was easy.
This is a great colored ink that is extremely versatile. It is dark enough where you would be able to get away using it at work, especially with a fine nib. That said the ink also has a lot of personality, and I’ve enjoyed using it for everything from work to journaling.
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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