As the name suggests, the ink is a beautiful teal that leans toward the green end of the spectrum. In the bottle it appears blue, but I find the blue tones only come out in much lighter applications. When written with a F or M nib, like the Franklin Christoph that I used, the ink has a decidedly green tone.
That said, the ink is lovely to write with. It flows well and isn’t too wet, but gives nice coverage with a variety of nibs. In heavy applications, it even has a purple sheen to it, although I don’t see that so much just in writing with smaller nibs.
Unfortunately, this one isn’t water resistant at all. I tried at 10 minutes, 1 hour and overnight with much the same results on each.
I think California Teal most closely resembles Robert Oster Spearmint (review forthcoming), but it does lean just a little bit more blue than green. However, when compared to J. Herbin Emerald de Chivor and Organics Studio Walden Pond, I still end up in the more green than blue camp. What do you think?
- Paper: Baron Fig Mastermind and Maruman Mnemosyne N182A Inspiration Notebook A5
- Pens: Delike Glass Signature Pen and Vanness Exclusive Franklin Christoph Pocket 45
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Cards
- Ink: Monteverde California Teal (30ml bottle for $8)
Laura is a tech editor, podcaster, knitter, spinner and recent pen addict. You can learn more about her knitting and tea adventures on her website, The Corner of Knit & Tea and can find her on Instagram as Fluffykira.