When I opened my sample of Moss Green on Saturday, and swabbed it, I thought I had the perfect pen for it: my Pelikan M450 tortoise with fine nib.
I didn’t realize how perfect.
Seriously, I could end this Ink Snippet right here. That’s what the ink looks like, and it’s beautiful.
But we need more writing samples. Here’s Moss Green on Rhodia.
I think Moss Green is slightly wetter than Papier Plume Pecan, which I looked at yesterday. Neither is a super wet writing ink, but Moss Green writes a slightly wider line than Pecan. I’ve only had them inked for a few days, but startup and flow have been perfect so far.
On lower quality paper, Moss Green has the same tendency to feather as Pecan, although less. Here is my everyday paper, Staples Sustainable Earth, which shows the slight feathering.
With my fine nib Pelikans, I find the feathering level on poor paper acceptable. Though I’d prefer none.
On paper that’s friendly to fountain pens, Moss Green just performs beautifully with this pen. All I notice is the color and the shading.
Again, I love the color. Here is Moss Green on Tomoe River.
I really like greens that tend to yellow or brown, so I have a lot of inks in that category. The closest match I have to Moss Green is a pretty popular yellow-green ink.
So there’s Papier Plume Moss Green with Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün. It’s interesting that I liked Moss Green immediately, because Alt-Goldgrün has never been a favorite of mine. Well, Moss Green is grayer, or even muddier, and does feel mossy, while Alt-Goldgrün is brighter, sharper and yellower.
Alt-Goldgrün has always reminded me of the avocado greens from the 70s. Moss Green feels more antique and like it comes from a natural dye. But they are both nice. It depends what you like.
Moss Green is an ink I really like. It’s the second ink I’m previewing for the Chicago Pen Show Ink Testing Station, and the second I find incredibly tempting. Papier Plume told me that Moss Green sold really well last year at the pen show, so I guess a lot of people felt the same.