Montblanc Golden Yellow was released about the same time Lucky Orange came out this spring. Yellow inks are hard to make usable. Golden Yellow turns out to be an exception to this rule.
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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Loving your Well-Appointed Desk posts, esp. the ink reviews. Working to get out of my blue-black rut and branch into some of the new Montblanc limited editions you’ve highlighted.
Wanted to ask about bottle size? The review says 35ml, but Anderson (and others, say 30ml), are the bottles from Montblanc boutiques, for example, a different size?
Keep up the wonderful points.
I would say that the Andersons are correct and I, once again am wrong. The bottles are 30ml. I’ll correct it. They are pretty petite bottles. Emphasis on pretty.
Pretty bottles and pretty colors. You’re going to cause me to buy more ink again! 😉
I’m so glad I found this blog!!! I just recently started using a fountain pen and absolutely love it. I only have 2 right now, lower end, as I’m a beginner. I think your pen and ink reviews will be really helpful in progressing on my journey and feeding my obsession!