Montblanc inks are some of our favorites at Anderson Pens. Their inks cover all of the basic colors, but have enough character that I never grow tired of them. Montblanc Lavender Purple comes in the standard ‘shoe’ bottle, which is aesthetically beautiful and practical. At $19 for a 60ml bottle I think Montblanc inks are one of the better values for quantity and quality. This review was done with a Faber-Castell Loom fine, Noodlers Konrad with an Anderson Pens broad nib, and Rhodia blank no. 18 paper.
Montblanc has a knack for accurately naming their ink, and Lavender Purple perfectly describes this ink. The ink shades well; the darker pools mimic the buds of the Lavender plant, while the lighter areas reflect the delicate fuzzy flowers . The ink is fairly saturated, but there is still a considerable amount of difference in color if you’re using a fine or broad nib. In a fine nib the ink is much lighter and softer, with less shading and a monotone pastel appearance. Using the broader nib brings out the shading properties, but also darkens the ink considerably to a deep wine violet.
The dry time on Rhodia paper was normal at around 25-30 seconds, with little to no feathering and minimal bleed though. Lavender Purple did very poorly with the water test, washing away any indication of writing.
Lavender Purple is a favorite of Steph, and seeing it used everyday in her pens had made me appreciate it more than most purples. The ink is sophisticated enough that it could be used in most workplace environments, but has enough character that you won’t grow tired of it.
Let us know what you think of Lavender Purple, or if you’ll be trying it in one of your pens.
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 3ml sample to be sure it’s the color for you.
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