I was having one of those weeks at work where all I really wanted was a pick-me-up. So, at lunch one day, I ventured across the street to the Pen Place and bought a bottle of the MontBlanc Meisterstück 90 years Permanent Grey ($22 for a 60ml glass bottle). I bought it sight unseen (no test swab or anything), spurred entirely by how much I like the Daniel DeFoe ink and I wanted something new, different and special. I don’t know much about MontBlanc and their heritage but I was inspired by the moment, so I bought a bottle of this ink.
The ink swabbed almost black so I was a little concerned that in writing, it would appear to be black. I was pleasantly surprised when I started writing with it that the ink is a watery grey-black with cool undertones (leaning a little green). Because of its lighter coloring, there is some nice shading when writing. I suspect in a finer nib pen, some of the shading might be lost. I definitely recommend using this ink with a medium nib or wider to get the full benefit of its color quality.
I don’t normally look for or purchase black inks. There are so many color options with fountain pen ink that I can’t bring myself to buy plain ol’ black. But I really like grey so I make an exception for grey inks. There aren’t a lot in my ink library so the Meisterstück Permanent Grey is an excellent addition. It is also a fairly water resistant color so it would make a good option for signing documents or addressing envelopes or anything else that might be exposed to the elements. When wet, there was a little grey washing around the writing but it stayed pretty true, enough to withstand getting caught int he rain or spilling some coffee.
This ink was tested on a Rhodia Uni-Blank No. 18 pad with my Lamy Studio with a 1.1mm stub nib.
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Great review! I LOVE grey inks and this one has been on my wish list for some time.
Awesome review! I love how the color adds some slight shading.
-Sayeh, The Office Stylist
Ooh! Really like the shading and the permanent qualities. Wouldn’t pick it up myself though, just because I’m more of a fan of black rather than grey!
Nice color. I only own one bottle of black ink (Aurora) at the recommendation of Lisa Anderson. I mostly write in fun colors, but I keep black in one pen for when I need it. I think somber notes, and cards I sign with it for instance.
Wise. I supposed it would be appropriate for serious writing and notes to be in a dignified black and not in Manadrin or Rose Tendresse.
If you don’t want some of your inks
I’ll give them a try 😉