Monteverde Fireopal

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

  1. Amethyst
  2. Charoite
  3. Erinite
  4. Fireopal
  5. Garnet
  6. Moonstone
  7. Olivine
  8. Ruby
  9. Sapphire
  10. Topaz

I appreciate the fact that Monteverde posted on their website data about these inks ph:



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) even monster fountain pens straight from the bottle.


Fireopal rocks. Just look at it. It’s formidable and the shading is sensational. It’s one of nicest inks I used in a long time. It behaves rather well however when used in broader and wetter nibs it will cause feathering on low quality copy paper. The flow is excellent. So is the lubrication. There’s no useful water resistance to it.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Color ID

Color range

Discovery 70 mgsm copy paper, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic Spoert, broad nib

No name copy paper, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

Midori, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

Rhodia, Kaweco Sport, broad nib

Water resistance


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