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.
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.
Inkcyclopdedia entry (FPGeeks.com)