Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink: Mold Inside the Ink Cartridges?

Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink cartridge with SITB

That cloudy shape is the mold, or some sort of organic growth.  Among fountain pen people, it’s often called SITB — slime in the bottle.

You can see it’s organic matter: the shape changes when the cartridge is turned over and the mold moves around.

Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink cartridge with SITB

Here it is moments later.

Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink cartridge with SITB

Every single one of the eight cartridges has this inside, although in the photo below it’s easier to see in cartridges three through five.

Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink cartridges with SITB

So, unfortunately, I won’t be sending these Golden Yellow cartridges to friends, or using them myself.

Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink cartridge with SITB

I bought the cartridges about two weeks ago at the Chicago Pen Show.  This isn’t a stale batch of inks.  The expiration date is May 2018. All cartridges are unused and sealed.

box of Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink cartridge with SITB

Luckily I noticed this before putting in in an expensive pen.

But the most annoying thing? Montblanc USA won’t do anything for me. The phone representative was extremely nice, polite and well-trained, and he seemed grateful I called — he said he’d notify the warehouse to check their new stocks of Golden Yellow. However, Montblanc USA policy apparently requires me to return the item (at my expense) to the place of purchase. He didn’t even take my name.

Candidly, having bought a lot of Montblanc products before, and always having been happy with their service before, I expected better. Especially in a situation with a clear manufacturing issue.

Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink cartridge with SITB

6 thoughts on “Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink: Mold Inside the Ink Cartridges?

  1. […] are a few examples of mouldy Montblanc inks on t’internet (more Lavender Purple, and Yellow) although the name usually associated with bottle slime is J. Herbin who had issues in 2010 — […]

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    1. The nice fellow at Montblanc USA didn’t ask for photos, and the email contact form for Montblanc USA does not have any way of attaching photos. They certainly seemed to believe me about it. Maybe as Raffaello suggests, they’ve seen this before? I sure hadn’t.

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  2. 1. Ewwww.
    2. I still preferred looking at the pics of the mold than the green Lamy. 😉 But that’s me.
    3. -5 points to Montblanc for lame customer service.
    4. Ewwww.

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