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Montblanc Lavender Purple

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Montblanc Lavender Purple went through a bit of an ordeal in late 2013 as it was pulled from shelves, much to the consumers confusion. Reports and speculations poured in and many incongruous theories popped up as to why it was disappearing. Some said they heard it was a viscosity issue, other reports said the formula was being altered for color sustainability, and some even heard the ink was going to be discontinued. Regardless of the reason, the loss of Lavender Purple left many Montblanc ink users disappointed. Then in early 2014, Montblanc quietly re-released the Lavender Purple ink and it started to work its way back into the stocks of suppliers. The ink made its return as if nothing had happened, much to the joy of those who love a delicious, warm purple ink.

Although I find the name of “lavender” to be a bit misleading, the ink is a very beautiful and juicy shade of purple. It reminds me of the juice from blueberries or a deep grape color. The color is warm and inviting and it lays down on the paper with some lovely shading. Lavender Purple is very well behaved like most Montblanc inks, and I did not get any bleeding with normal writing on Rhodia or copy paper. The dry time is surprisingly fast, but exposure to water pretty much obliterated the ink from the page. Overall, I would definitely recommend this ink if you are looking for a reliable, warm purple ink.



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  • gOuTM

    April 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Reply

    Very nice color.
    BTW, do you know any purple or violet ink that can somehow resist water?

    • Adam

      April 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Reply

      If you want a waterproof Purple then I’d suggest Noodler’s “La Reine Mauve”. It’s Bulletproof so it’ll be waterproof, fadeproof, and chemical resistant. As the name suggests it’s a nice Mauve colour.

      I’ve been using Montblanc Oyster Grey at work, and it’s working out really well. I’ll have to try some of their other inks (like this one). Compared to the price of their pens their ink is fairly reasonable. Sure you can get inks for less, but there are far more expensive inks out there too (I’m looking at you Caran D’Ache).

  • Tessy Moon

    October 3, 2014 at 11:09 am | Reply

    This ink is gorgeous!

    It reminds me of the reformulated Noodler’s Black Swan In Australian Roses -the purple version seen here: http://www.inknouveau.com/2014/07/monday-matchup-noodlers-ahab-black-swan.html

    Do you think they are similar? It would be awesome to see a comparison of the two inks!

    Thank you for the amazing review!

    • Adam (inklode)

      October 3, 2014 at 11:28 am | Reply

      It does look a bit more similar now, doesn’t it? Based on what I’ve seen, though, it still looks a bit more magenta in it, but I would love to get my hands on a bottle of the new BSIAR to do a comparison. Probably won’t happen for a while, though. A little tight on cash!

      • Tessy Moon

        October 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Reply

        I agree. I think the purple BSAR is a little more bright and slightly more magenta – based solely from my experience with BSAR compared to your photos of MB LP.
        It appears that MB LP is more subtle, subdued, maybe even somber compared to the similar but slightly more jaunty purple BSAR. Although they still seem similar, MB is a little more muted I think.
        I think this would be a good fall/winter ink.
        I typically like bright, light, or pinkish purples. But for some reason this ink is really appealing to me. I may need to pry open my purse to indulge in a bottle!
        Thank you for your awesome review!!! 🙂

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