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These Are a Few of My Favorite Greens

10/11/2009

The Sound of Music’s My Favorite Things floated my way when I thought about comparing the green inks in my current rotation. J. Herbin Vert Empire, Private Reserve Avacado (sp.), and Montblanc Racing Green are delightfully well-matched to their pens but might not be as wonderful in other models. It took a long time to discover two of these pairings and the third was entirely by luck. Oh, if you like flex, Vert Empire shades beautifully in an Esterbrook ‘J’ with a 9128 extra-fine flex nib. So there is that, too.

Dark Green Fountain Pen Ink

Dark Green Fountain Pen Ink

My complete list would also include Sailor Uranari Green, J. Herbin Vert Olive, Diamine Emerald, and Iroshizuku shin-ryoku. These inks work well for me in lots of pens so they are worth mentioning as well.

Probably the most versatile of the bunch are Diamine Emerald and MB Racing Green. PR Avacado dries a little slower than the other two but can be easier to find in the U.S.

There is one caveat when it comes to green ink. I’ve found nearly all of them change, whether lighter or darker, softer or bolder, depending on the pen and especially in a scan. If ever there was a color to which YMMV applies, green is it.

Any one of these inks could be a good addition to your collection but if you like green as much as I do, one just won’t be enough.

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  1. [...] These Are a Few of My Favorite Greens « An Inkophile’s Blog inkophile.wordpress.com/2009/10/11/these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-greens – view page – cached The Sound of Music’s My Favorite Things floated my way when I thought about comparing the green inks in my current rotation. J. Herbin Vert Empire, Private Reserve Avacado (sp.), and Montblanc… (Read more)The Sound of Music’s My Favorite Things floated my way when I thought about comparing the green inks in my current rotation. J. Herbin Vert Empire, Private Reserve Avacado (sp.), and Montblanc Racing Green are delightfully well-matched to their pens but might not be as wonderful in other models. It took a long time to discover two of these pairings and the third was entirely by luck. Oh, if you like flex, Vert Empire shades beautifully in an Esterbrook ‘J’ with a 9128 extra-fine flex nib. So there is that, too. (Read less) — From the page [...]

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  2. You definitely enjoy much darker greens! Of those the only one I am particularly fond of is PR Avocado. Honestly though I’ve tried a few, I still haven’t found my favorite green. Fortunately there are plenty more out there to try. :)

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  3. Unfortunately, Montblanc has discontinued racing green. Very sad and aggavating.

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  4. [...] Montblanc Racing Green – Every time I use this ink it looks made for me. My new signature color. [...]

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  5. [...] you are curious to see more green inks Inkophile has made a great green comparison here and a water test with the shin-ryoku [...]

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