Monteverde Caribbean Blue: Ink Review

Monteverde Caribbean Blue Ink splatter and LAMY AL-star

Monteverde Caribbean Blue is a bright blue ink with a tiny bit of red-ish purple sheen. It performs well, so see what else we have to say about it. 

Monteverde Caribbean Blue Ink writing review
Monteverde Caribbean Blue Ink writing review


Monteverde Caribbean Blue Ink close up on Tomoe River paper

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Slow: Pretty slow dry time, but it didn't bother us. Just be sure to give it some to dry before turning the page.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low: You can see the droplets of water virtually erased the ink (especially in the top right corner of the grid), so that's something to keep in mind when using this ink.


  • Medium: You're able to see a difference between swabs 1 and 3, but not between 2 and 3. You will see a darker, richer color when more ink is put down.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy: No problems cleaning this off the nib or out of the pen. 


  • Medium: This ink offers some definite shading, but nothing super crazy. I like it though; it's noticeable but not distracting.


  • Wet: This is a lubricated ink, so it won't dry out in your pen! This was one of the major advantages with this ink.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 30 ml bottle

Comparable Inks:


J. Herbin Blue Prevenche
LAMY turquoise
Pilot Iroshizuku Ama iro

Overall, we like this ink. It's bright, but still very readable on the page. It's a nice color to spice up lists, or when writing ink your journal

You can find a 30ml bottle or a 2ml sample of Monteverde Caribbean Blue at Goulet Pens.