Glass Dip Penned: Six at Random

OK - I had so much fun picking random inks last week I thought that I would make it a weekly post. So its Sunday night her in Oz and here are the six inks selected by my database.


Montblanc scored with two Writers series inks, Jonathan Swift Seaweed Green and Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue, my only numbered limited edition ink makes an appearance with Rohrer and Klingner Blau Schwarz, De Armaments is included with the very lime scented Lime Green ink, Diamine's intense Sargasso Sea was picked and finally the only non-European manufactured ink for tonight, Pilot iroshizuku tsukushi.

Pelikan M101N Tortoiseshell Red Special Edition, M101N 14K Broad, inked with Montblanc Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue

My latest addition enters the pen rotation. The M101N Red Tortie was a long time coming as I was originally not that fussed on it when it was released in 2014. I eventually warmed to its look and when this one came up for a good price I bought it. This is my 95th pen and 43rd Pelikan.

I selected a Broad nib for this pen as I have a Fine and Medium in my other two M101N pens. I love the simplicity of the old style markings. The nib wrote well straight out of the box which was heartening as my previous two M101N nibs had misaligned tines on purchase.

The Montblanc Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue also makes it first appearance in rotation. The bottle is the now familiar round squat 35ml version used for the last several  Writers Series inks.

A good blue - not sure if I would call it exactly sky but it shades very well and does produce a red outline to the lines if the ink is wet. It flows very well from this nib and is a joy to use. I might have to get third bottle of this ink.

Ink Number 299 - Montblanc Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue

Today I added ink number 299 to my collection - Montblanc Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue, the Writer's Series ink for 2015. I actually bought two bottles, one to use now and one to keep with the aim of selling it in a few years when the market for old Montblanc Limited Edition inks (mint in box) should be lucrative.

The Box.

The Bottle.

The ink swab.

I am looking forward to using this ink but it will have to be with a broad nib as I believe that this ink will shade very well.