Ink Review: Montblanc Irish Green

I've worked my way through approximately three quarters of the dozen or so pens I had inked up when I started this blog a month ago.  If you're like me (and I assume most of you reading this are), you'll understand my reluctance to ever flush out a pen when it's still full of ink, even if I've long since grown tired of the color.  It's a completely irrational hesitation, I recognize, because it often amounts to about .2ml of ink from a nearly full 50ml bottle that will take me years to finish, but I digress.....  What I meant to say was that writing all these ink reviews was my way of cleaning out these pens (so I can try new inks, of course).  Now that I'm almost finished, I've got loads of new non-ink review material coming your way. 

I think that Montblanc has some of the nicest ink bottles on the market, up there with Pilot-Namiki Iroshizuku and the Akkermans.  I need to get my hands on some of the vintage Montblanc "shoe" bottles, which have a more rounded shape. 

But in the meantime, I present to you Montblanc's Irish Green.  The name is self-explanatory--it's a very bright, "Happy St. Patrick's Day"-type green ink that I would label a "Kelly Green."  No comparison to the Diamine by that name is intended--I've never tried it.  I use this ink for multiple purposes:  annotations, personal/work notes, and even some limited correspondence, although I write very few letters these days.  (Next year I'm going to participate in InkoWriMo, I swear.)  Irish Green is great for pretty much any use.  It's a Montblanc ink, which means that it works well on a wide range of papers without feathering, bleeding, or ghosting (all must-have characteristics for me) and the dry time is almost immediate.  It washes out of a pen very easily.  I've been using this on a clear plastic TWSBI 580 demonstrator, and have had no problems with staining.  Shading is average, but if you use a broader nib than the TWSBI EF that I used to write this review, you will see more.    

This scan nails it on color replication.  Paper is an Exacompta index card.

N.B. : I was recently shocked to learn that writing people letters in green ink has "negative" connotations (if you consider being labeled a nutter "negative.").  See Here.  Those in Great Britain might want to be more careful than those in the U.S.