Monarch, a majestic name for an ink, but quite well-deserved in my opinion! Netherlands-based store Fontoplumo, released this ink in co-operation with the Polish Ink brand KWZ, along with the special edition Conid Kingsize Monarch fountain pen (both Fontoplumo exclusives!).
I didn't get the pen (sliiightly over my budget), but I couldn't resist getting a bottle of the matching ink. I've only had a couple bottles of KWZ ink, but so far I'm a big fan of what Konrad, owner of KWZ, does.
I like orange inks in general, but they can be quite in-your-face and difficult to read. This is definitely easier on the eyes. The color is more subdued and noticeably darker. It also shows more shading compared to a 'standard' orange like Diamine pumpkin.
The color reminds me a lot of Lamy Copperorange and the new Kaweco sunrise orange. Especially the Kaweco ink is pretty close, but slightly less saturated where Monarch has a more intense color.
KWZ inks in general seem to have a pretty smooth and wet flow to them, which in this case translates in quite a good amount of shading to be had where the ink gets a chance to pool. In general it behaved quite good, I've had a few instances on lesser quality paper where it feathered a bit, but in most cases it performed as it should, without bleedthrough or featheringFontoplumo.com.
Note: I received a discount on this purchase from Fontoplumo, so I could write this review. I was in no way influenced in the making of this review, the opinions shared in this review are completely my own! This post does not contain affilate links.