I put Montblanc Boirdeaux in my Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age back on December 17th. I wrote it dry several times since then, refilling it about once every calendar week, sometimes in less than seven days, sometimes in more than seven days. I decided it was time to try a different ink. I like to try different inks in my new pens and this one is barely a month old, so when it went dry this past Friday I decided to flush it out and pick a different ink.
This fountain pen, with its extra fine nib, and ink combination can be described with one word – TERRIFIC! The Visconti has been used daily since I got it and it’s easily my current favorite. Montblanc Bordeaux is my long time favorite ink. This was a case of 1 + 1 = 3. The nib puts down enough ink to highlight the Bordeaux color but doesn’t gush ink. It wrote without skipping or hard starts right up until it went dry.
Cleaning the pen was quick and easy. Almost too quick for a pen that can’t be flushed by forcing water through it. I planned to immediately re-ink it and the Montblanc ink isn’t harsh so I wasn’t worried about removing every trace, yet the water water perfectly clear within a couple of minutes. I did hold the nib in the ultrasonic for a couple of minutes as some ink had dried at the top of the feed where it enters the section.
I let the pen site in a paper towel for a hour or so then filled it with Iroshizuku Fuyu-shogun, a past favorite but one that hasn’t been used in awhile.
As the photos show, the feed seems to be slightly misaligned with the nib. But since this hasn’t affected the writing and I don’t notice it when I’m using the pen I’ve left it alone. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
I could easily dedicate my remaining Montblanc Bordeaux stash to this pen, but I’ll let some other inks enjoy this pen.