Ooh boy. What an ink. I never picked up a sample of Alt-Goldgrün, just sprang for the bottle after I saw the swab over at the Goulet Pen Company.
I’m really glad I bought this ink. I had a bottle of J. Herbin Vert Empire that got contaminated with mold, so I decided that I needed another green ink. I stumbled across the swabs of Alt-Goldgrün and I loved it so much that I decided I had to get it. It’s a wonderful green–I guess you could describe it as a sort of olive color. I loaded it up in my Parker 51–a vintage pen my dad picked up for me in China–and I loved it immediately. It flowed wonderfully from the first day I filled my pen with this ink, and I’ve been using it since. Actually, because I was so enamored with the swab I saw, I skipped the test vial and went straight for the full bottle! You’ve probably heard me go on and on about my lack of space now that I’ve moved into my new dorm at college. I’ve only got space for a couple of bottles, so adding this to my collection was a real investment of time and space! I haven’t regretted it at all, and I do think this is an ink you should add to your collection if you’re interested in the color. There aren’t a lot of inks like it–the only one I can think of is Montblanc Daniel Defoe, which is a limited edition ink.
The ink samples below don’t show it, but this ink actually has pretty decent shading, which you can see in the sample above! Here are two samples done with a Nikko spoon nib and a Nikko G nib on Tomoe River paper. A spoon nib lays ink down more consistently and with a thinner line, while the G nib has more flex and lays down more ink.There’s only a little bit of bleedthrough, and with regular pens this ink is very well behaved on good paper like Tomoe River and Rhodia. Trying it out on printer paper showed feathering and bleedthrough, though. Neither are that noticeable but it’s definitely a little bit of an issue.
You can buy a 90 ml bottle of this ink from Goulet Pens for $12.50.
Please note that the colors present in this review may not be perfectly true to life: there will be color differences between monitors. Scans I post online are as close as I can possibly get them to the ink that I have. Please keep this in mind, as different factors (such as whether or not the bottle was shaken, the pen used, the paper used, the lighting in the room, etc.) could affect the color!
I’m not at all affiliated with Goulet Pens: just a happy customer!