Monteverde Charoite: Ink Review

Monteverde Charoite
Hi fountain pen friends! Margaret here with my latest ink review on a new purple ink. I love the color purple, so I was excited to get my hands on Monteverde Charoite. Surprise, surprise – I love it! Let’s take a look….

Monteverde Charoite Ink Review
Monteverde Charoite Ink Review - Paper
Monteverde Charoite Ink Review
Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • 20-25 seconds: Pretty quick dry time, so I could see myself using this in a variety of settings.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low: Unfortunately it’s not water resistant, so if you accidentally spill water on your page, your writing will not last.


  • High: There’s very little difference between swab 1 and 3. The more ink you put down on the page, the more of the green sheen you’re going to see, especially on paper like Tomoe River.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy: No issues at all getting this cleaned out of the Lamy Al-star.


  • Low: You’re not going to see much shading from this ink. But that’s ok by me because the overall color is so beautiful.


  • Wet: This ink is lubricated to help it from drying out in your pen. I found the flow to be quite wet on the Rhodia paper.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • Comes in a nice 90ml glass bottle



Inks Similar in Color:

There aren’t a lot of other inks that are this particular shade of purple, making it unique in the fountain pen market. The green sheen is a really distinct feature of this ink, but it will take a lot of ink on the page to be able to see the sheen. You most likely won’t be seeing the green sheen while writing with the ink every day, but if you really put some ink down on the page, it’ll show and it is beautiful! Overall though, I loved the flow of this ink and since I often leave pens inked up for a while, the fact that it’s lubricated is really appealing to me!

You can find Monteverde Charoite available in 90ml bottle for $15. We also have a 2ml sample available for $1.25.

Have you tried any of the recently released Monteverde inks yet?

Write on,Β 

2017-10-13T17:54:38+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Ink Reviews|22 Comments
  • David L.

    Margaret, that is a nice ink! I am normally not a big fan of purple ink, but this one looks different. I may need to give it a try!

    • When you aren’t sure of the color, trying a sample is always a good place to start. πŸ™‚

      • David L.

        That is one of the many reasons I buy from Goulet Pens. Thanks for selling samples!!

  • Vincent Van Halen

    I thought there _was_ some beautiful shading in the video near the end. Maybe it wasn’t totally dry yet?

    • Hi Vincent! I didn’t see much shading while using the Lamy nibs, but with different paper and possibly a flex pen, you may be able to see more of it.

  • Lee Muir

    Lovely, but I agree, it is hard to see the sheen.

  • David L.

    I have not tried any recently released Monteverde inks yet, but I do have a sample of Sapphire Blue in my cart along with R.O. Bronze, a TWSBI Eco, and a Preppy waiting for me to make the final move and purchase. I have a sample of Horizon Blue that I love. I’m just waiting to get a bottle of blue untill I find a favorite.

    • The Horizon Blue looks beautiful! I’d like to give that a try soon. You’ll love the TWSBI Eco. πŸ™‚

      • David L.

        I certainly hope I do. From all that I have heard about it, it is a great pen. Horizon Blue is different than most other blues I have seen. Lighter than the typical royal blue. I guess that’s why I like it so much, and I’m sure you will too.

  • Sara Habetz

    I have their Moonstone and it’s lovely. It’s a interesting grey-brown, I just wish it were more water resistant!

    • Moonstone is on my list to try! I’m really liking all of these new colors from Monteverde. πŸ™‚

  • Tom Johnson

    Margaret, I love these reviews, and now a video with it! This is a lovely ink, and it seems to be quite close to North African Violet ink in the swabs. Looks like this ink is not just best in broad or stub nibs, but works quite well in the whole range of nibs. The extra fine nib writing is quite easy to read.

    • Hi Tom! Yes, I was surprised with how it looked in the EF nib as well. If you end up giving it a try, let me know what you think of it! πŸ™‚

  • Benjamin R

    I have some of Monteverde’s new Fireopal ink, and a Monteverde Impressa in Gunmetal/Red that I think might be one of those ideal pen+ink matches. Unfortunately, Noodler’s Tchaikovsky is currently occupying that pen, so I have not had an opportunity to give it a try just yet. I suppose I should stop typing and start writing so that I have somewhere to put that Fireopal πŸ˜›

    • Let me know what you think of Fireopal!

      • Benjamin R

        Filled up the Impressa (fine nib) with Fireopal last night – I’ve only written about 1/2 a page with it just to see how it looks.
        + To my eyes it is primarily orange that is slightly red. Even with that fine nib, it shades nicely on Rhodia paper with more red coloring in the darker areas.
        + The lubrication qualities of Monteverde’s ETF formula are readily apparent as compared to the particular Noodler’s Ink that was previously in the pen – more ink flow, better starts. Also drying time is suitably quick at about ten seconds.
        + My thought that it would be a great pen/ink match missed the mark. A primarily red ink with a bit of purple or black is probably the direction I’m envisioning as an ideal match for the Gunmetal/Red Impressa.

  • It is cool to see you guys finally putting ink in a waterbrush. I do it all the time, especially with waterproof inks to do grisaille.

  • Kathy

    Margaret, thanks for such a thorough review of one of my favorite inks. I rarely re-ink a pen with the same ink, but I have used Charoite in my broad Pilot VP for several fills now. I love it. I don’t get a lot of the green sheen, but it’s just a pretty, saturated ink.

  • mireo

    Just inked this in my EF Homo Sapiens and it’s lovely! I did get the sheen–on the grip section of the pen trying to fill from the sample phial LOL.