I had the ink in my TWSBI Mini for several months and was tickled that, even with an EF nib, the ink was a deep enough shade to actually be visible. Really. I took my sample to two pen shows and let other people try it who were also suitably impressed with the performance. To be honest it is the first and only yellow ink that has ever survived past the swatch-and-sample phase for me.
When tested with a dip nib, it definitely leans towards a more orangey shade and in a wider nib it also gets a bit “orange juice”-like. There’s shading in the color because it is so light but no noticeable sheeening.
Note to self: be sure to thoroughly and completely clean your nib and feed before switching ink colors because any contamination will be evident with a color as light as Golden Yellow!
The only colors I had in the swatches that were comparable were from Robert Oster Signature. The Yellow Sunset from his line was probably closest in color if a bit more ruddy. Yellow Sunrise was more yellowy and Olive Green was browner.
Montblanc Golden Yellow is a limited edition color so its definitely one to grab while you can if its a color you like. I’m partial to it but as with all Montblanc inks, it is premium-priced.
- Paper: Rhodia Uni-Blank No. 18 with 7mm guide sheet
- Pens: Tachikawa Model 40 Nib Holder ($6.75) with Zebra G titanium nib ($33.50 per 10-pack), Esterbrook #2442 nib in a Shawn Newton custom nib holder, TWSBI Mini with EF nib ($50)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Cards
- Brush: Silver Black Velvet #6 Round 300S (from Dick Blick), Escoda Prado #2 ($16.50)
- Ink: Montblanc Golden Yellow (
35ml30ml bottle for $19)
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