My search for the perfect shading blue ink is over!!!
If you value fabulous shading properties over highly saturated ink this too could be perfect for you. I prefer my inks not saturated, with a thinner more sheer feeling to them so, for me, this ink is sublime. I should note that if your paper preference runs to Clairefontaine and Rhodia white papers, this ink is not only well behaved but a delight for writers who prefer flex nibs as the range of shading is extremely high. This has been my dilemma as I searched for a true blue that would shade dramatically. This one goes from azure sky blue to delicious sapphire royal blue with aplomb. Some $500 dollars later and a year and half I'll never get back, EUREKA, Confidence Blue to the rescue. I've renamed it Heavenly Blue, Ethereal Blue but perhaps just "THE BLUE " will do. It has a little water resistance, which was a surprise and it's not for all papers, the above mentioned are best. Dry times where there's heavy deposition can run 20 seconds or more. But if none of this bothers you, you may have found your perfect blue as well. As always, samples are the way to go, otherwise, your wallet may be cowering in the corner like mine. Thankfully Monteverde inks are a wonderful value. It ticked all my boxes and now is now a permanent fixture in two of my favorite flex pens, including a new Sapphire Metal Falcon that it's so perfect for, it'll never touch another ink...unless.... Monteverde discontinues it... in which case you'll find me racing over to the Golden Gate bridge; I'll be the one with rope tied to a rock 'round my waist, just going for a swim.