Monteverde is part of Yafa company. Some time ago the company offered wide array of new inks with Ink ITF™ – new Ink Treatment Formula that’s supposed to drastically improve ink-flow quality, extend cap-off time and improve ink drying time on paper. After trying two inks I can agree it’s not just marketing – the inks behave very well.
New colors are divided into two series. The newest one is called GEMSTONES.
I admit I have a problem with this name as Pelikan started their Gemstone collection (Edelstein inks) years ago and was succesfull. I do realise that this name can’t be copyrighted but I feel something’s off. Sure, it’s easy to base marketing on proven and succesfull ideas but I feel just a little bit of disapproval. I believe they could have created something new, especially that the colors are rather interesting and eye-catching.
Anyway the line has inks
I appreciate the fact that Monteverde posted on their website data about these inks ph:
I’ve ordered two inks from Gemstone line. After a week of testing ( using at least two converters of each) I’m ready to share some thoughts. I’ll start with Olivine.
The inks can be bought in 30 (and 90) ml bottle. The bottle is made of lass, has simple design and id pretty functional – stable and with wide neck allowing to fill quite comfortably (as long as there’s more than 60 % of the ink content in it) evem monster fountain pens straight from the bottle.
The ink is well saturated and displays interesting green hue. It shades form a light olive color to a dark green. The shading isn’t very strong in finer nibs, yet it remains visible. The flow is smooth and the ink feels well lubricated even in dry pens. Some feathering and bleedthrough will be experienced only on crappiest papers (hello Moleskine). Drying time is reasonable. Also, it’s impressive that the ink doesn’t dry out when you leave the pen uncapped. Even after three minutes the pen starts without any skipping when you put the nib to the paper.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
Rhodia, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib
Leuchtturm1917, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib
Oxford, Hero 5028, stub 1.9
Tsubame, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib
Moleskine, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib