Isn't that some oddly-nice handwriting? Here's the secret: have your wife write things for you.
That was written with the huge Franklin-Christoph Christoph Music Nib. My handwriting is pretty terrible with that nib (I hold the pen all wrong, it seems), but hers always looks nice. She's not even trying. It's hardly fair.
So, the ink.
Montblanc's Tolstoy is a pretty dark blue. Far darker, actually, than I was expecting it to be. I don't know what made me thing it was a light blue, but I could swear that I saw some early swabs of it that made it look superlight. I remember not buying it when it dropped for exactly that reason. Fortunately, it's not. What you get is a sort of dusky true-blue. It reminds me more of sea than sky, but YMMV. The performance of this ink is pretty solid, but I don't think it's quite as good as some of the other Montblanc LEs that I've used. It bleeds a little more than it needs to, and it just seems to be missing something.
Let me know what you think about this one in the comments.
Remember that these are close-ups of the ink on Rhodia, and that you're unlikely to see this much shading on many other papers. Copy paper doesn't shade this much but, as you'll see below, there is a touch of shading from the bigger nibs.
Copy Paper Test
Video Review! Water Drop Test!
This one is not my favorite of the Montblanc Limited Editions, and it's certainly not my favorite blue. It's competent and a bit interesting, but I don't know that it's going to be the ink that people are clamoring for once it's gone ( like Leonardo's Red Chalk, for instance).
I bought this one from Anderson Pens, and this review isn't sponsored by any party. You, too, can find it there (when it's in stock) for $16 in a 35ml bottle.
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