Ink Notes: Montblanc Oyster Grey

I’m continuing my string of Montblanc ink reviews, this time with Montblanc Oyster Grey. I only had a sample of this ink, not a bottle, so using the Vac 700 for my ink testing just wasn’t practical if I wanted to swap nibs. So I went back to using several pens.

I like the Oyster Grey color. It has good flow and dries quickly. I could use it for my daily notes at work without accidental smudges. It’s a little blacker/darker than my current grey of choice – Iroshizuku Fuyo-Syogun. There was plenty left behind after the water test so I could easily read what was written. The ink cleaned easily out of all my pens, even the one left unused for a week.

I didn’t experience any feathering problems although the only cheap paper used was a quick test using office copy paper.

I used the ink in the latest “America the Beautiful” Field Notes book.(which has different paper than normal). I used the Edison extra-fine and VP medium stub nibs. There is just the hint of show-through but there’s no problem writing on both sides. There’s slightly more show-through (but no bleed-through) with the original Field Notes books. I still write on both sides but the show through is noticeable and may annoy some people.

The only hard start I had was with the Sailor 1911 with a broad nib. I syringe filled the converter and didn’t wait for the ink to flow in into the feed. So I don’t really count this as a problem even though it shows on the writing sample.

While I like the Montblanc Oyster Grey I already have a bottle of Iroshizuku Fuyo-Syogun and don’t see a reason the replace it. I’ll use up the sample, but won’t be buying a bottle of Oyster Grey. The writing samples have a comparison of the two inks.

Pens Used

Edison Pearl 2012 LEE with an extra fine nib. No problems with this pen and it cleaned easily. This is the pen I used as my daily note taker for a couple problem-free days.

Franklin-Christoph Model 29 with a fine nib // Faber-Castell Emotion with a medium nib // Sailor 1911M with a broad nib – all these pens handled the ink well and were easy to clean. It’s the 1911M that had the ink left in it for a week. It wrote immediately and then was easily cleaned.

Pilot Vanishing Point with medium stub nib. I liked the ink with this nib, it’s the one pen where I might choose Oyster Grey over Fuyo-Syogun. It’s a bit darker and shows just a bit more variation with the nib. This is the pen that will use up the rest of my sample. While I won’t get a bottle, I won’t rule out another sample for use with this nib.

Additional Reading/Viewing

Inkcyclopdedia entry (

Writing Samples

2 thoughts on “Ink Notes: Montblanc Oyster Grey

  1. my son wants a fine pen with burgundy red ink seems a challenge
    he does not want to be fussing on with inks or even cartridges any suggestions

    • Hi Mark,
      Red inks can be tough as they can sometimes stain. I’m a fan of Montblanc inks as I find them easy to clean and can be in the pen for awhile and not cause problems (the exception being their permanent inks, which have “permanent” in the name and need a little more care). Montblanc Burgundy Red is my favorite burgundy that’s still being sold today. I use fine (or thinner) nibs and the ink works great. I reviewed it here. Second on my burgundy list would be Diamine Syrah which I reviewed here. It takes longer to clean from the pen but did’t stain. At lot of people love this ink. Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux is another I’ve used that cleans easily but I personally didn’t like the color as much. The Goulet Pens swab shop has burgundy inks listed here.

      It’s not burgundy but Sheaffer Red is one of the least expensive and easy to clean red inks out there. but it’s a fire engine red, not a Burgundy. I reviewed it here.

      Hope this helps. Thanks for reading,

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