A Rose by Any Other Name: Comparing Montblanc Shakespeare Ink to Diamine Carnival

Diamine Carnival and Montblanc Shakespeare ink writing sample comparison

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet”

-Romeo and Juliet

Blog readers, you know my love for William Shakespeare, the playwright and the ink. And while Montblanc Shakespeare is new, I think it’s already popular. It’s hard to find online. But do you know what ink is quite easy to find? Diamine Carnival.

And Diamine Carnival looks close enough to Montblanc Shakespeare that I wonder if Diamine Carnival might make a decent substitute.

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5 thoughts on “A Rose by Any Other Name: Comparing Montblanc Shakespeare Ink to Diamine Carnival

  1. I just happened to get a sample of Diamine Carnival in last week from Goulet Pens surprise me sample pack. This review makes me want to ink it up and take it for a spin. Thanks for a great review.

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    1. You know it’s really nice, and using it in conjunction with Montblanc Shakespeare has given me a new appreciation for it; it’s redder than Shakespeare, as well as wetter. They are both nice. 🙂


  2. I’d probably go with the Diamine Carnival, but only because I really like the wetter inks. It’s a personal preference. But the comparison is great, and it shows just how small the nuances are sometimes – and yet how much they can show in a close up. I really like your angled close-up shots. They show so much detail that just doesn’t show up in the top-down view.
    Great review as always, thank you!

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  3. That’s a neat comparison. Thank you. I really like Diamine Carnival, so it won’t be too painful to swap to that after Shakespeare has run out.

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