Ink Of The Month – January ’20 – Monteverde Horizon Blue Ink

For Ink Of The Month in January ’20 I decided to try out an ink I have heard a lot about, Monteverde Horizon Blue. This ink has been around for a while now and has quite a following, and I thought it about time that I dipped my toe in the ink and see what this blue is all about.

I ordered my bottle from Amazon and it cost £8.50GBP which I thought was very reasonable for a 90ml bottle of ink with a good reputation, I unpacked it and found that the bottle is not only sealed with a thin plastic collar but the cap was so tight there was no risk of it accidentally opening in transit. 

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Unboxed but unopened!

In fact, it was so tight it wouldn’t budge at all and I started to think I would need to try the boiling water trick but thankfully, just as I was heading towards the kettle the cap started to move.

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Finally open.

As you can see from the ink test, below, using a Q-Tip it is easy to increase the density of the colour and I used a Wing Sung 3013 as my test pen and I found this to be a well-behaved blue ink with a good level of saturation that flowed well in use. I got only a hint of red sheen on the very edges of some letters and in the concentrated areas of ink created by the Q-Tip test.

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Ink test
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Hint of red sheen.

Despite the hint of red sheen this is definitely a blue ink, I got no underlying red or green tones when I was using it. Simply put this is just simply a very nice mid blue and if anything, it reminds me of Diamine Blue Velvet.

I have no qualms about recommending this ink, I think it is excellent value and it certainly lives up to its reputation; so if you are looking for a good mid-blue then put this one on your list.

Disclaimer: The ink was purchased with my own funds at retail price. The opinions expressed in this review are my own; and I am not connected with either the retailers or manufacturers in any way.


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