Monteverde California Teal is everything I enjoy about fountain pen inks. Its good flow combined with its ability to produce vibrant color variations makes for an expressive writing experience. The only problem came from the bottle itself. When the ink dries on the treading the cap becomes very difficult to remove. So you might want to wipe down the threads after inking and before closing.
In the box:
1 -boxed fountain pen ink bottle 3oz (90ml)
Monteverde California Teal is a dark greenish teal ink for use in fountain pens. The ink is made by Monteverde Ink in E.U. and packaged in USA as stated on the package. Monteverde California Teal ink features ink treatment formula (ITF) which is said to help with ink flow and pen lubrication.
Features Monteverde ITF Technology which Monteverde says:
-improves ink flow
-lubricates and protects ink feeding system from clogging and corrosion
-extends cap off time before ink starts to dry
-improved dry time when applied to paper
California Teal is a medium saturated ink that can vary from a dark green coloring to light teal when diluted. The ink also dries as a bright reddish sheen in spots where it has pooled and concentrated.
Pelikan 4001 Dark Green Ink is very similar to Monteverde California Teal in color but California Teal has more sheen and a hint more teal undertones. Looking at the color swatches (see photo) California Teal clearly favors the green side of the spectrum.
Monteverde California Teal is a pleasure to use. It has a wonderful ease of flow while still behaving on the paper. It reminds me of Pilot’s Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink in terms of how it performs. The medium color saturation is rich and vibrant without being too dark. It produces beautiful shading when used with the correct combination of nib and paper quality. If you look closely at the writing sample (see photos) hints of sheen are visible.
I found the dry time to be good to average. The increased ink flow will naturally increase dry times in any pen but using a fine nib with average flow I had no issues. Once dry the ink will run if exposed to water. If you’re using it for important notes you make want to consider a more water resistant ink.
For sketching the ink provides a smooth and continuous flow. The strokes are quick and immediate. Applying water with a brush allows the color run and blend.
I found California Teal to be an easy ink to clean. Flushing out of my Wing Sung 601(pen) with water removed most of the ink. The pen being transparent I could see that some ink remained in between threading and in the tight gaps along the nib. I took the nib unit apart and after a quick rinse with water all ink was removed.
Monteverde California Teal really surprised me with how well it flowed while still behaving itself on paper. It is a high quality ink that produces bright vivid greens and teals with a touch of bling thanks to a healthy dose of reddish sheen. This ink opened my eyes about Monteverde Inks and I would be glad to try other colors in their product line.
-good controlled flow
-produces beautiful shading and red sheen (depends on paper and nib)
-Big bottle at a good price
-Color name is misleading.
-bottle cap can be difficult to remove if ink dries on threads
-not water resistant so be careful with important documents.
Pens Used In Photos
-TWSBI 580 Pen Used in sketch
-TWSBI ECO Medium used in writing sample
-Wing Sung 601 used in writing sample