Monteverde Red Velvet
Monteverde just revamped their ink line up – they have renamed their original 10 colors and have added 13 new ones. Red Velvet is one of the new inks, and it is a beautiful and unique color.
All Monteverde inks are now available in a 30ml glass bottle ($9) and a select 10 are available in the standard 90ml glass bottle ($12.50). Red Velvet is only available in the smaller 30ml size and for the price, it is still a good value. This review was done with a Conklin Duragraph M, Lamy Safari 1.1, and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
Red Velvet is a fairly saturated ink, and there was little difference between a fine and a broad nib. With a fine nib there was a moderate amount of shading that transitioned from a brick red to a rich red mahogany. The broader nib allowed for a little more shading, but the appearance of the ink didn’t change compared to the fine nib.
I don’t give much credence to Monteverde’s ITF (Ink Treatment Formula) that purports to improve flow and lubrication, but I can vouch that Red Velvet did have excellent flow. Feathering and bleethrough were low on Rhodia paper, although I have noticed on cheaper paper it does tend to feather. Dry times were higher around 30-35 seconds, and water resistance was nonexistent.
The addition of new colors to Monteverde’s ink lineup is a welcome surprise, and Red Velvet is a real winner. It has the same rustic earthiness as Diamine Terracotta, with a stronger lean towards red. I’ve found myself thinking that it looks really red, and on other days thinking it is a warm brown. Either way it is a great color, and a terrific autumn ink.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks.
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