Ink Snippet: Papier Plume Moss Green

Papier Plume Moss Green swabs

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.

Papier Plume Moss Green writing sample with Pelikan M450 tortoise

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.

Papier Plume Moss Green writing sample

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.

Papier Plume Moss Green writing sample

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.

Papier Plume Moss Green writing sample

Again, I love the color. Here is Moss Green on Tomoe River.

Papier Plume Moss Green writing sample

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.

Papier Plume Moss Green swabs comparison

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.

17 thoughts on “Ink Snippet: Papier Plume Moss Green

  1. I liked it, and agree with everything you said. I used it in a pretty wide stub nib. I haven’t made up my mind about this one yet. Color and characteristics are good enough. But it is pretty close to Alt-Goldgrun. I already have that. I like how it looks when you first write, and it’s wet, then it changes colors. I will try with a smaller nib, and see what I think. The Pecan and the Oyster Grey are my favorites of these 3. Pecan is number 1, closely followed by Oyster Grey. I wish I had thought to get the Caramel sample too. I forgot that one, when I placed my order. That is the only other one that I wanted to try at the time.

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    1. I have two more inks for the Ink Testing Station to try still, but neither is Caramel. That does look nice, however; maybe I can get a sample after the pen show. For now, I have two KWZ inks in that golden range just inked up, which I’ll be reviewing, and one of which I’m nuts about. I am going to say those KWZ inks are “in the review queue,” because it sounds so official, and also it rhymes.


      1. Well it you review it, you know I will read it. Then probably like it, then probably will need a sample or two. :-0
        I thought about the red ones, but I will wait to see if you review one. I don’t need to be getting any more ink. Rinse, and repeat. Laura you are a major enabler….lol.

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    1. Papier Plume Moss Green is a much more yellow green. Oster Moss looks closer to Sailor Kobe #15 Maiko Green.

      However, I’m only going on the swabs — I haven’t gotten to ink up Oster Moss yet. Just finished cleaning out Bondi Blue, need to write that review, and am now embarking on Deep Sea (pun intended). Deep Sea is gorgeous, but you knew that!


  2. The combo is incredible. I do like colors such as this. (quite a bit in fact) I’ve never tried an ink from this brand. I think I will try a sample of this in the future! I do like Alt-Goldgrun, but it can be a little light for me. KWZ-Green Gold is similar but darker. I think I will have to try this Moss Green. I adore the GcFC-Moss Green. Thanks for the review on this ink. I am very interested in it now.

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    1. wow, they do small sizes! 15ml, same as the mini Iroshizuku inks, but much less pricy. If you like your ink in small packages like me, this is one to watch!

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  3. Gosh, I would not usually gravitate towards an ink of this colour but your post makes it so desirable. You make a great sales pitch for the Papier Plume Moss Green. Soft and lovely indeed. And that Pelikan! And today WordPress has suggested a post on moss-growing for follow-up reading:)

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    1. I don’t get any WordPress suggestions. Maybe because I have an ad blocker? But I find it sort of odd that they do that. As for growing moss, why? 🙂 Well, I guess suggestions based on “Green” would leave too broad a field.


      1. Oh I see. Every post I see is followed by WordPress’ suggestions of two more posts by the same blogger and then two other posts by others which they assume may be on a similar subject. Hence the moss growing, because of the moss in your post’s title.

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    1. That’s great! Yes, absolutely. Probably too many tips to put here, though. I’ve been working on a post, so keep watching the blog.
      1. The great Richard Binder has something on his website Richards Pens. The first is called Your First Pen Show, and the second is Preparing for a Show. Written from the perspective of an experienced vendor.
      2. Keep in mind the legendary advice from the Chicago alderman: vote early and often. With a pen show, arrive early, and visit and revisit the tables. It’s much easier to talk to the vendors before they get swamped on Saturday, for example.
      3. Prioritize: if you have three musts, do those first. Get on the waiting lists right away for nib work or pen repair. These lists fill up quickly and take a long time to get through.
      4. People make the pen show. Try to participate in one of the meetups. Chicago’s will be posted on FPN and FPG forums. But go to “Contact Me” above, give me your email, and I’ll put you on our list. At the show, just strike up conversations with other visitors. If you are a weekend pass holder, you can go to the pizza party and dessert party to find other enthusiasts. Or the hotel bar after the show. At Chicago, we have brief pen show tours for newbies. Or just find me at the show and I’ll introduce you around.

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    1. Yes that’s a good description. As time passes I’ve come to think of the “green ink” category as perhaps the broadest and most interesting. Although “blue” will always be my favorite. 🙂

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