Monteverde Mercury Noir Ink Bottle

Monteverde Mercury Noir Ink Review & Giveaway!

Monteverde Mercury Noir Ink is part of Monteverde’s “Noir” or black based collection of ink colors.  In addition to Mercury Noir, the other Noir colors  are: Mulbury Noir; Azure Noir, Raven Noir, Coal Noir, Rose Noir, Smoke Noir, Jade Noir, Copper Noir and Ocean Noir. All Monteverde’s inks come with ITF technology, which allows for great ink flow and lubrication as welll as extended cap off time.

Monteverde Mercury Noir ink is a nice muted burgundy color with a hint of a dark tinge to it, especially with wetter strokes. Monteverde Mercury Noir ink shows up well and can be used as an every day ink color. Monteverde fountain pen inks are Manufactured in Europe and distributed in the United States.

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Monteverde Mercury Noir Ink Review

Monteverde Mercury Noir Ink Review

During our review of Monteverde Mercury Noir ink we found the following characteristics that you may find helpful when choosing your next ink color.

Testing Factors

For our review we used a French made J. Herbin glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. Different pen types and paper will produce different results.

Bottle Sizes

Monteverde Mercury Noir ink comes in two sizes, a large capacity 90 ml. glass bottle and then a smaller 30 ml. glass bottle. All Monteverde fountain pen inks are also available in a 12 pack of standard international cartridges.


Monteverde Mercury Noir ink retails for $15.00 for the larger 90 ml. bottle and $8.00 for the smaller 30 ml. bottle. These retail prices makes Monteverde Mercury Noir ink an economical ink purchase.

Dry Time

During our review of Monteverde Mercury Noir ink we found a dry time of approximately 8-9 seconds, which is still in the reasonable range, but not as quick as other Monteverde inks we have tested.

Bleed Through

We found no bleeding during our review of Monteverde Mercury Noir ink, even during the cotton swab test.


During our review of Monteverde Mercury Noir ink we found no feathering on Rhodia paper. Even during our water test we found only very minimum feathering.

Water Test

During our review of Monteverde Mercury Noir ink we conducted a water test where we ran a wet cotton swab over an ink sample that had dried for about 3 minutes. The results were typical for a water based non-waterproof ink: some light color smearing, some slight line distortion and feathering. However, the lines remained clear and distinct and the ink held up quite well.


Monteverde Mercury Noir ink produces some nice shading with the right pen and penmanship. From the dark shades found in the wet lines to the light dusty burgundy color with the lighter, dry lines Monteverde Mercury Noir ink can produce lots of color variety.

Conclusions about Monteverde Mercury Noir ink

Monteverde Mercury Noir ink is a nice burgundy color with a nice dark hue. Monteverde ink in general is a great ink option and great value. There over 50 colors options within the Monteverde brand, including the 10 Noir or black based colors. Another great feature with Monteverde inks are the reasonably priced bottles available in two size options. Monteverde Mercury Noir ink has some wonderful shading characteristics and is safe for your fountain pens.

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35 thoughts on “Monteverde Mercury Noir Ink Review & Giveaway!

  1. Steven

    I only just recently started getting into Montrverde inks, but I really like them, and the fact that they’re lubricated is a nice touch. Of the “Noir” series, I’ve only tried Smoke so far, but Mercury is def on my radar.

  2. Colton

    I am impressed with the characteristics of this ink. ‘Noir’ is a very fitting name. My initial impressions of Montverde were that they were “bulk budget” inks. Instead, this has rather pleasant subtlety and texture, considering the notably affordable cost. Are there any similar greens or yellows on the market? I would like to see such inks reviewed.

  3. DUMONTIER Marjorie

    That’s an amazing color ! Actually, I don’t own any of that collection but from I see, I’d love them all ! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  4. Toby

    I love the Monteverde Gemstone line, particularly Olivine and Fireopal. Maybe it’s time to give another one of their lines a try

  5. Bethany

    I have this in my Pilot Metro right now! I was just thinking I’ll have to get a bottle. It’s an unusual but very readable color

  6. Ron Parish

    I really like Monteverde inks, and this one is a real keeper. Please review some of the old standby inks such as Sheaffer and Waterman.


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