Thursday, November 10, 2011

Review: MontBlanc Carlo Collodi Special Edition Brown Ink

This is a review of the MontBlanc Carlo Collodi Special Edition Brown Ink (chestnut).
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MB C.Collodi Ink Bottle Stitch
When I first began noticing fountain pens and ink, I was mostly attracted to inks because of, well... “oooo pretty...” and not for any real appreciation of the ink. I’m still a beginner in the world of inks and as I was thinking about how to do my first ink review, I wanted to be able to offer useful information for inkers who know what they’re doing (well... at least try to be useful...) and to provide a few pictures and various writing samples to give everyone an idea of what the ink actually looks like under different conditions (different pens, layers, papers). If you find something you disagree with or is incorrect, please tell me (without being horribly mean). Unfortunately, a lot of this stuff can be subjective and can vary so take it with a grain of salt! Okay, "disclaimer" aside, I hope you enjoy and/or benefit from my review!
Review Written Black n Red Stitch
On Black n' Red premium writing pad (white paper)
Scroll to bottom of review for typed version of this!
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A close up of that color! (white paper)
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In Rhodia "R" Pad - Clairefontaine paper (ivory paper)
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Check out that gorgeous shading and color! (ivory paper)
What is really incredible is how three different nibs result in such a big difference in the ink's appearance on paper. Some people prefer completely uniform inks and others really enjoy the variation. Personally, I LOVE flex nibs so I really enjoy experimenting with inks and seeing what happens with them using different nibs.
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(White paper)
The three fountain pens used in this review are as follows:
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Graf Von Faber-Castell Anello Titanium - medium
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Waterman 52V + 14K Waterman Ideal #2 wet noodle
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Pilot Cavalier - fine
Other reviews that may pop your top:

Sam Capote via Fountain Pen Network


Pen Boutique - $16.00
Paradise Pen - $21.00 (not listed online for some reason)


I think this is a really nice looking ink! Wonderful range of color, from orange-copper to chestnut brown, but can even be as dark as a dark brown if you're using a wet noodle! It behaves quite nicely on 'normal' paper such as the Black n' Red pad but is even more lush on Clairefontaine paper. I would recommend this ink because it's pretty and performs very well in every way.

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Flex pen tree

Review of Ink: MontBlanc Carlo Collodi Brown Ink
Description: - 35 ml Special edition bottle
                     - Carlo Collodi's signature on bottle
                     - Portrait of Pinocchio on bottle
                     - Part of MontBlanc's 2011 Limited Writer's Edition Collection
Pen: Graf Von Faber-Castell Anello Titanium - medium nib
Paper: Black n' Red Premium writing pad - 24 lb
Drying time                                         Swab
    5 seconds
   10 seconds
   20 seconds
   30 seconds
   60 seconds
Water resistance - none
    Drip test                                          Smear test
  - Medium nib - Graf Von Faber-Castell Anello Titanium
  - Fine nib - Pilot Cavalier
  - Flex nib - Waterman 52V + 14K Waterman Ideal #2 wet noodle nib
- gorgeous shading - ranging from orange/copper brown to brown
   - none
  - good, smooth
  - medium nib - very good, wet
  - flex nib - very good, very wet
  - fine nib - good, not wet but not dry
  - none on this paper
  - none with medium/flex/fine nib
Writing Sample
Well, this is my first ink review and I've only recently (well...a few years...) developed a love for fountain pens and inks. I've been contemplating how to review inks and this is what I came up with! I hope it is satisfactory! In time, as I learn more about inks and their properties, I can hopefully offer some more technical details and stuff. Or this might work just fine.
A beautiful, well-designed ink. Performs well with all the nib sizes/types I tried. Great range of shading and a very gorgeous, unique brown. I highly recommend this ink! :)


Shangching said...

Wow, what a comprehensive review! Easily put any of my ink review in shame :) I like how you compare it using different pens. Too bad Mont Blanc does not work well with normal paper. In that department, I think Omas really outshines Mont Blanc. Anyway, thank you for a joy reading!

Kurazaybo said...

This ink looks more redish in your pictures than on the FPN review. Very similar to Sheaffer's brown, which I must add is one of the inks I use the most. A very interesting color with superb shading.

GourmetPens said...

Thank you Shangching :) It's almost TOO comprehensive and I still missed saturation...whoops. Oh well, I'll learn for the next one. It's actually my first MB ink but I really only got it because of the color.

@Kurazaybo - You're right.. mine does look a bit more red so I went and looked at the writing on the paper itself.. it still looks a bit red so I'm wondering if it's a batch difference or just the way I write. I write quite lightly/gently with fountain pens and it does seem to give me lighter shading than most people get. Thank you for your comment :)

Peninkcillin said...

Very nice review and I admit I have never heard of this ink (the color, not the brand).

I like how you used different pens and nibs. That matters a great deal because the character of an ink can change a lot depending on the nib and paper. Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of reviewing an ink in multiple pens.

GourmetPens said...

@Peninkcillin - Thank you! I'd never heard of it either and only found it at Paradise Pen in a desperate search for a new ink. I couldn't decide on the Private Reserves/Pilot Iroshizukus then found this bottle nestled in with the other Mont Blancs! Thank you very much for your feedback about using different pens and nibs. I was worried that it may have just been too much information for a review and people would get bored reading it. I only recently acquired a variety of nibs to test with :) They are very fun though! (Especially that wet noodle.. my favorite!)

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hsianloon said...

such a confusing ink. most reviews I've seen seem to a rusty brown, where as yours is more to an orange hue. I wish the ink was like yours instead...thanks for the review !

Azizah Asgarali said...

Mine does look quite orange. Of course, when I took these pictures, I had a poor set up but even now, using the ink, it still has a very strong orange tinge to it. In very wet pens, it becomes more brown.

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