That’s how Montblanc Racing Green looks in a Pelikan M620 with a broad nib. I’ve also been using it with an extra-fine nib in the Pelikan. I like it better in a finer nib, because that seems to concentrate and darken the color.
You won’t see it with these Pelikans, but if you use a pen with an extremely wet-writing nib, especially a flexy nib, Montblanc Racing Green can look so dark as to be almost black. I’ve seen that in letters. And that’s a nice look, too. It’s because, at its core, Racing Green has some dark olive and gray dyes.
The ink has a nice wetness and lubrication. I like how it writes.
Here is how it looks on Rhodia paper in the Pelikan, first with the broad nib, then the extra-fine. Words and music by Bob Dylan.
Here’s Montblanc Racing Green on cream-colored Tomoe River paper.
Racing Green does very well for me on normal-quality paper. I see no bleedthrough and only very mild showthrough or feathering.
This is a writing sample on Staples Sustainable Earth.
It’s an ink with good water resistance, both on absorbent regular paper and on fountain-pen friendly paper.
Here’s the paper towel chromatography.
It’s a complex mixture, and I suspect some of those dyes aren’t available at the right cost any more. But I also suspect most ink makers are trying to create something new, rather than clone something old.
In terms of comparisons, I have used a lot of green inks. Yet I don’t have a great match for Racing Green. Below I’ll show you some inks that might have been close. Except they are all wrong, every single one.
The very closest match for Montblanc Racing Green is an ink from Diamine that was commissioned, and is sold, by the online retailer “The Missing Pen.” Here is a comparison of those two inks.
The Diamine version really is the closest ink that I know of. There are, however, two issues. The Diamine replica is, objectively, too yellow. Worse, it is not particularly special, subjectively. I have used the Diamine. It was fine. But I’m not sure it has that elusive quality needed to become a favorite ink — or not mine, at any rate.
So, if you like the looks of Montblanc Racing Green, but lack the means, the time or the inclination to chase that rarity, what do you do? Do you buy a bottle of the ink that’s closest to, but still obviously different than, Montblanc Racing Green?
You can. And I suggest also trying a different path. Montblanc Racing Green is what I like to call “an odd green.” It’s not a green you can describe in one word. It’s a gray-olive green, with a lovely balance between blue and yellow, and indeed a mixture of heavy and light.
The world of fountain pens, happily, is blessed with a great many “odd greens,” many of which are kind of wonderful. So I suggest trying some odd green inks that are true to the spirit of Montblanc Racing Green, although not duplicative of the color. Here are just a few possibilities.
Depending on what you like in Montblanc Racing Green, some of these might satisfy. Bung Box Dandyism is a dark, cool green, sharing the almost-black effect that Montblanc Racing Green can have in a wetter pen. J. Herbin Vert Empire is much lighter, but it’s an ink I have never grown tired of. Sailor Rikyu-cha is a very brown green, or a green brown. But Rikyu-cha is a fascinating and ever-changing ink, if one likes that color range. So also are Stipula Verde Muschiato and KWZ Confederation Brown.
Or try another odd green. A different one from Sailor, or KWZ or Papier Plume or Robert Oster or Montblanc or Monteverde or any brand you like. Try them all.
The point isn’t to get an identical color. The point is to find your own Montblanc Racing Green, that odd green that is special to you. There are always more inks to try, with new ones released every day. It’s more fun to strike out and find the ones that are meant for you. That’s the whole adventure. Know your own song.