Ink Snippet: Montblanc William Shakespeare Velvet Red

Montblanc William Shakesepare Velvet Red ink and bottle

My Montblanc William Shakespeare Velvet Red ink just arrived, which makes for a happy Thursday at Fountain Pen Follies.

I could be all laid back and cool, and pretend I haven’t been checking the front porch since Monday for my order from the lovely people at Pen Boutique. But that would be a lie. And anyway, no one would believe me.

Here are some first impressions and some quick photos.

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13 thoughts on “Ink Snippet: Montblanc William Shakespeare Velvet Red

  1. I have not been able to get a sample of this ink, or Lamy Dark Violet. If not for pictures, I wouldn’t believe there was such a thing. LOL. Great review Laura! Thanks for the heads up on the Hitchcock look alike.

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  2. Royal Blue is my favorite from the regular line. Toffee Brown is probably second for me.

    The Pink I like. πŸ™‚

    If you ever want another bottle, I’ve got two empty square Montblanc LE bottles. I had so many empties that it was horrifying, so I recycled a bunch. But another Edelstein just joined the empty bottle brigade yesterday. They always seem too nice to throw away, but the only ones I ever use are the empty Waterman bottles.

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      1. Their Royal Blue is, to me, the gold standard of royal blues. Shading, lubricity, impeccable behaviour. As someone once said, the most interesting boring ink in the world.

        The only one of their inks I haven’t liked so far is the Pink Ink. I bought it only for the bottle, but a friend loves the colour and was happy to receive it in an empty Pelikan bottle.

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  3. Unfortunately I am out of luck. The perils of being this far away I guess. We just don’t get LE inks here, or indeed anything of real interest. Even Lamy Dark Lilac never made an appearance. On the other hand I did manage to grab a bottle of Sailor Tokiwamatsu. So there is that! πŸ™‚

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  4. I was looking for some but the only seller I could find (in the US) wants $23 for shipping a single 35ml bottle. not going to happen. Funny because I had two bottles of Herbin 1670 sent from Germany that cost less than half that in shipping. Anyway, the Shakespeare red looks very nice. Neat review, Laura!

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  5. that is a gorgeous red! It reminds me of the perfect mix of Diamine Oxblood and Red Dragon, somehow.
    Is it a wet writer or as… medium-dry as the other Montblancs? (I wouldn’t call them dry exactly, but… not as lubricated as some others. If you know what I mean.)
    I think the waiting was well worth it πŸ™‚ Great ink, thank you for the review!

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    1. So far, in this one pen, I think it’s on the dry side, but lubricated. So not a gusher, in terms of ink flow, but still feeling smooth from the nib. I think “medium-dry” is the perfect description. πŸ™‚

      I think it will work really well with wet-writing pens. And I probably won’t waste it in a Safari. πŸ™‚

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      1. I adore the Toffee Brown, but the “medium-dry” as you say is a little annoying, even in my Pelikan which is commonly a rather wet writer. Ah well, still an awesome color. I’ll probably fall prey to it πŸ˜‰

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