thINKthursday – Monteverde Ocean Noir

thINKthursday
Monteverde Ocean Noir

Take your writing to new depths with Monteverde Ocean Noir.

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

thINKthursday – Monteverde Ocean Noir

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

Monteverde has added 10 Noir inks to their already extensive lineup of ink. These new inks are generally on the darker side and offer a muted palette. Ocean Noir is a rich, dark blue that’s pretty and practical. Monteverde inks come in a 30ml glass bottle that is easy to fill from, and are well priced at $8. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Lamy AL-Star B and on Rhodia blank No. 18 paper.

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

One might think that with noir after its, name Ocean Noir would be a blue-black, but it is all blue. The ink is highly saturated and doesn’t display much shading. In a fine nib the ink is a uniform dark navy. In the broad nib there is some slight shading that shows a lighter azure blue before shading to a dark navy. Ocean Noir does have a nice red/golden sheen that was achievable with a broad nib on Rhodia paper.

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

Monteverde inks come with an ITF (ink treatment formula) that purports to add lubrication and helps prevent the ink from drying out on the nib. I don’t know what this ITF actually is, but Monteverde inks do perform well. Ocean Noir had excellent flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. It is a highly saturated ink, but the dry times were good at 20-30 seconds. The ink had no water resistance, but clean up was easy.

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

If you like the color, then Ocean Noir will be a great workhorse ink. The color is workplace appropriate and the sheen gives it a little fun for all your other writing needs. If you’re looking for a blue, then Ocean Noir has the performance and price that make it an ink to consider.

thINKthursday - Monteverde Ocean Noir

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.

Ink it Up!
Chris

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