As long as Monteverde keeps coming out with new inks, we’ll keep reviewing them.
Olivine is one of the newest colors and it sparkles in all the right ways!
Monteverde Olivine is part of the newest addition of colors that are named after gemstones. Olivine is a piney moss green that shades well and looks great. Available in a 30ml glass for $8, it is an inky bargain. This review was done with a Conklin Duragraph F, Lamy Logo B and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
Olivine is a very olive color – or are olives a very olivine color? Either way, this mossy dark green is beautiful. It shades form a light olive color to a dark seaweed green. In a fine nib it doesn’t shade as well, and could almost pass as a black. In a broader nib it shades considerably more, and with that comes a great range of green shades.
As with other Monteverde inks, Olivine performed excellently. The flow was good and there was no feathering or bleedthrough. Saturation was high to moderate. Dry times were low at 20 seconds. The ink had no water resistance, but the shading was high and clean up was easy.
I really enjoy rich green inks and Olivine inhabits a spot in my top ten. At first it is fairly unassuming, but the more time you spend with it the more you notice the many facets of color it has. If you like green inks then this is a must try or if you’re looking for something new pick up a sample.
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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