The folks at Montblanc are getting their Greek on with this Hellenic hue.
Homer, the poet behind The Iliad and The Odyssey, is the latest author to be memorialized by the yearly Montblanc Writers Edition. The ink is a beautiful blue that is meant to reflect the tranquil blue of the Greek houses and sea. Homer is a limited edition ink and as such, is packaged in Montblanc’s square glass 50ml bottles. The bottle is then packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with a pull-out drawer. This review was done with a Sailor 1911 F, Lamy Studio B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
Homer is a neutral true blue that leans towards the softer pastels. It has moderate shading in both a fine and broad nib, so the appearance is similar no matter your nib size. At its lightest, the ink is a light cerulean blue. From there it shades to a true blue. It does shade into darker azure and navy tones, but it never gets very dark. Homer didn’t display any sheening on Rhodia paper.
I don’t like to sound like a broken record, but Montblanc inks behave beautifully. Homer has good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. It’s a moderately saturated ink with good dry times at 20-30 seconds. I’m going to say that its water resistance is low, but it was possible to make out the writing after the water test.
If this ink had a little red sheen, I would be in love; as it is, I’m just smitten. Homer is great every day blue ink. It’s a traditional blue which makes it perfect for work, but it has little subtleties that make you enjoy using it day after day. It certainly won’t be mistaken for a ballpoint.
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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