I love this ink! I am not a "brown" ink person . . . but this is not brown ink. It is unexpected - a complex shade of sometimes grey and sometimes beige and sometimes entirely other. I honestly did not think that I would like this ink, but it has become a favorite. Swan's Illusion is a wonderful name, since the colors are illusive. The ink flows very well from the nib and is moderately wet. It is not highly saturated in color, yet the shading is one of the things that I dearly love. Even in fine nibs, this ink shades well. It is exceptional in wider nibs. I highly recommend this as one of Montblanc's best.