Lucky Orange – Montblanc LE ink

I believe Montblanc company doesn’t need introduction here. Each year Montblanc offers few LE inks. Their evil-minded marketing team creates interesting colors that soon become unavailable. Not all of them are great but almost all of LE ink become sought after after they’re gone and are sold for outrageous prices.

Personally I have mixed feelings about idea of LE inks but I enjoy some of them a lot. Montblanc LE red inks were great (Winter Glow can easily concur with Maruzen Nihombashi Akane; it’s not the same and but still amazing). 2016 LE inks were rather disappointing. I was interested in trying last one – Lucky Orange.

After a week I would like to share few initial thoughts about it. The hue is nice, I rather enjoy it, especially for occasional writing. I use oranges on daily basis however my taste leans more toward more subdued one (like Iroshizuku Yu-yake). Lucky Orange is saturated but not as strongly as, for example, Diamine Orange or Pumpkin. So far I’ve tried it only in medium and broad nibs and I would say the flow is nice. The ink isn’t overly wet but it definitely doesn’t feel dry. In both Kaweco Classic and Faber-Castell Ambition broad nibs the lubrication was satisfying. I’m going to try it in dryish Platinum Plaisir 0.2 nib to see how it behaves in a “nail”.

Drawbacks? Well, it tends to dry out on the nib if you take a pause and leave the pen uncapped for 30-40 seconds.

Contrary to my initial thoughts this ink produces crazy nib crud. I haven’t used this pen (Faber-Castell Ambition) for four days – that’s what I discovered today after uncapping it:

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That’s rather disturbing. No big deal, some will say. Probably they’re right =- you just clean the pen and write. For me however it’s a sign that ink quality wasn’t on the first place while introducing this one. Nib cruds can be very nice and it would be even nice idea to create family album of “blooming” inks :) On the other hand that’s behavior I would expect from cheapest inks and not from premium product (and Montblanc is premium).

Bottle

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Ink splash

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Drops of ink on kitchen towel

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Software ID

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Color range

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Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

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Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

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Maruman, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

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