I was lucky to obtain this bottle of Swan Illusion Plume
It's paired with this Patron of Art
limited edition pen
commemorating Ludwig II
. Doubtless Montblanc didn't expect to sell any pens commemorating a Bavarian king in New Zealand so their Auckland boutique didn't get any of the very
limited edition ink either.
Fortunately they're lovely people, and somehow managed to convince Montblanc in Hamburg to send two bottles as a special favour to me, for which I am very grateful.
It's difficult to tell from the photograph that it's a shading ink with a little tint but the shading is subtle, from grey to a very very light brown. Elegant, like the feathers of a swan.