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Monteverde Scotch Brown


This is one of those inks that I have used regularly for years without reviewing. I think every reviewer has a few of these things. Pens, inks, papers that we use regularly for ages just slip under our radar. They're part of the background for us while we're talking about other pens and inks and papers. 

This one is a nice, medium brown that has a bit of shading to it. It's lived in a  Franklin-Christoph Pocket 66 for at least a couple of years. The pen and ink combo have been sort of perfect, so I just haven't switched it out. It looks like cola sloshing back and forth in the antique glass finish of the pen. You won't see a writing sample from the FC pen's broad nib, though. That pen in in a Penwell on my desk at work, and I haven't been able to get back into the building for several months, at this point. I miss that desk, penwell, and pen.

 I've also had it in a couple of other pens, and it's been great in all of them. Between the three pens, it's been used in a fine, medium, and broad nib with great success. Of course, you get more shading out of a broad nib, but the flow in all three was really good. 

So: Great color, great performance in a variety of pens, and a solid price at $8-9. If you're looking for a brown ink, this is one of my favorites.

Written Review

Close Ups

Copy Paper Test

Good stuff. No problems on the cheap copy paper.

Tomoe River

Wheat Straw

Water Drop Test

It's not water resistant. Finally, a weakness.


Color Comparisons

Video Review

**I bought this ink, and what you see is what you get.**
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