Now it’s time to talk about my favourite fountain pen inks. Here are my top 5 inks of 2016:
- Montblanc Lavender Purple
- Diamine Asa Blue
- Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin
- Montblanc Toffee Brown
- Montblanc Irish Green
All of these inks can be often seen in my pens. They have good balances between saturation and shading. They all perform well in any of my pens and do not cause any ink flow or cleaning issue.
My most favourite ink releases in 2016:
- Lamy Dark Lilac
- Montblanc Lucky Orange
- Montblanc William Shakespeare Velvet Red
My least favourite ink releases in 2016:
- Montblanc Miles Davis Jazz Blue
- J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Caroube de Chypre
- Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine
Just like the Lamy Safari Dark Lilac fountain pen, the colour matching ink is also quite popular. Personally I really enjoy using this ink, because the ink flow and colour saturation is nearly perfect. This would have made it to my top 5 inks. However my policy is that only regular edition inks can be included in that list.
Montblanc makes a lot of special edition inks, and 2016 was no exception. The Lucky Orange and the William Shakespeare Velvet Red are both beautiful colours. Also they are very different from Montblanc’s regular edition line of colours.
Unfortunately, not all Montblanc inks are as interesting as those two. Among the new releases, I think Montblanc Miles Davis Jazz Blue is the most disappointing one. It is an uninspiring light blue that does not help enhance the writing experience. The J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Caroube de Chypre is on this list for the same reason as well. Compared to the Emerald of Chivor from 2015, this new one is not exciting at all, other than being a new colour in the lineup. The Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine is actually quite a popular ink from the last year and it performs well. But unfortunately it’s a colour that I find no use for.
My wishes for 2017:
At this moment, I’m pretty content with my collection of pens and inks. What I own already can cover all that I need. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t add any new items to the collection.
First of all, special editions are always hard to pass. As usual, I plan to add the upcoming Lamy Safari special edition fountain pen to my collection, and I have already acquired the new special edition Lamy Al-star Pacific. I will most likely add the matching colour inks as well. Another set of items that I always collect is the Pelikan Edelstein ink of the year, and the colour matching fountain pen. If Pelikan has the same plan for 2017, I don’t see why I would pass the opportunity.
Other than those more or less routine special editions, there are the occasional “surprise” special or limited edition releases. One good example is the Pelikan Souverän series fountain pens. If a brand new special edition M800/M805 gets introduced, I usually won’t miss it, as long as the price tag is reasonable. I may have to think more carefully if the new release is on a smaller sized pen model, but I tend to collect those pens regardless, considering that there are usually not too many of them every year.
Last but not least, I think there will always be areas of improvement for my collection. In 2016, I finally got a chance to look at the Aurora Optima more carefully and it quickly became one of my favourite pen models. Maybe this year I will find another pen model that is new to me, and can knock some pens out of the top 10 list! There are even models that I have heard of for a long long time, but still haven’t had a chance to actually try out. Maybe 2017 will be a year for these adventures.
So here they are, my favourite pens and inks of 2016, and my personal opinions about some of the new releases from last year. What are your favourites?