Review by Laura Cameron
It turns out that Monteverde’s version of Coral is a very orange ink, leaning slightly red.
When I compared it to other ink swatches I had in my “stash” it looked pretty close to Robert Oster’s Red Orange or Monteverde’s Mandarin Orange. I had the special Papier Plume Heart of Gold ink ready to swatch at the same time and it has a bit of a reddish orange look as well.
When I compared the Monteverde to what I traditionally think of coral (like J. Herbin’s Corail de Tropiques) they don’t look similar at all.
In my other ink tests, I really found Monteverde’s Coral to lean very orange. I got almost no red in the regular writing experience, though I did get some really dark shading especially in the ink dots.
Overall, Monteverde Coral seems like a great orange, but I’m not sure it satisfies my need for the one true coral ink!
- Papers: Maruman Mnemosyne N182A Inspiration Notebook A5 ($10.50), and Crossfield Journal ($24.00)
- Pen: Delike Glass Signature Pen ($37.80)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10) and Col-o-Dex Rotary Cards ($15)
- Inks: Monteverde Coral (LA Pen Show 2019)
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