Montblanc Web Grey
Montblanc Metamorphosis Web Grey will have you caught in its net.
Montblanc Web Grey is a limited edition ink released in conjunction with their Rouge et Noir Spider Metamorphosis pens. The ink is a light graphite grey that is meant to mimic the silver color of a spiders’ web. The ink comes in Montblanc’s beautiful 50ml square glass bottle. The bottle is impeccably packaged in a cardboard box with a separate compartment that pulls out like a drawer, holding the ink. This review was done with a Faber-Castell Loom EF, Lamy AL-Star B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
Web Grey is a nearly true grey, with only the slightest hint of blue. Writing with a fine nib produces a light appearance, while a broad nib creates more shading and a darker appearance. At its lightest, the ink is a silver grey. From there, it shades to an ash grey before finishing as a lead color. Overall, the ink has an appearance similar to what one would get writing with a pencil.
Montblanc inks always preform well, but Web Grey is a step above the rest. It has good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. While it has very low saturation, Web Grey has great dry times at 15-25 seconds. I was surprised at how water resistant the ink is, only slightly smearing from the water test. Even with its water resistance, the ink was easy to clean up.
While some people don’t get grey inks, I happen to to be huge fan. I find joy in the pencil-like look of an ink coming out of a fountain pen. The ink is fairly water resistant and workplace appropriate, so you can use it anywhere. While it is on the expensive side, you get a gorgeous bottle and an ink that’s a pleasure to use.
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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