Lamy Charged Green: Ink Review

It’s ink review time! Madigan here, reviewing the newest ink in the Lamy line up, Lamy Charged Green. Sarah used it in Monday Matchup this week, paired with the Lamy Charged Green Al-Star. I’m a little bit in love with the pen and was hoping that the ink would be like last year’s CopperOrange, which I loved so much, I bought a bottle! I was hoping for a light green with some dark green shading.

Unfortunately, this ink was closer to the NeonLime ink that went with last year’s NeonLime Safari. No, it isn’t quite as neon, but it is such a light hue! Read on to hear about my experience.

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Long– It was almost dry at 30 seconds. When I did the splatter (basically laying down a ton of ink with an ink syringe) it took a lot longer.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low– As with most light hued inks, this ink had little to no water resistance. It smeared and disappeared when drops were applied. Not an ink for those looking for a permanent writing solution.

Saturation:

  • Medium– Between the first and second swab, you can definitely see a difference in the color. Between the second and third, virtually none.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy– Since this ink is a very light color and low water resistance, it is really easy to clean out of your pen. That’s a plus!

Shading:

  • Medium– You can see a bit of shading in the up and down strokes, but nothing too drastic. I really wish there had been more! 

Flow:

  • Medium– This isn’t a gusher, but it keeps the nib wet. No issues writing with it!

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 50ml glass bottle with cartridges 2ml ink samples also available. 
  • Lamy bottles have a nice sized opening at the top, easy to get your pen into. They also come with a base that contains blotting sheets!
  • The bottle comes in a nicely branded box.

Summary:
I’m an eternal optimist and always try to look at things on the bright side. But I’m going to be honest here- this ink is not a favorite of mine. It’s so light that it’s difficult for me to read. I wanted it to have the darker undertones like Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin, or the gorgeous shading of some other green inks, but it just doesn’t. I’m not sure what this ink would be good for. It does match the pen very well, and both would go with the Pear Filofax, so I can see that being in its favor if you like to match your pen, ink, and paper. It’s also very affordable. Still- it just doesn’t do it for me.

That being said, everyone has different taste, so maybe this ink is just the thing for you. What would you use it for?

Lamy Charged Green ink is available at Gouletpens.com in a 50ml bottle for $10.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25, or ink cartridges for $4.50.

Have you ever tried an ink that you ended up not caring for?

Write on,
Madigan

2017-10-11T14:37:54+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Ink Reviews|10 Comments
  • Andrew Livelsberger

    Thanks for the review. I agree that for a writer, this would not be a favorite ink, but could see some who might enjoy it for artistic endeavors.

  • Tom Johnson

    Coincidentally, I bought Noodler’s Dragon Catfish Orange ink thinking it could be used for editing and making comments. But it too was very hard to read. I added some Noodler’s Fox red to darken it, which it did, but still not enough for my liking, so I’m using Fox ink. But, DCO is described as a highlighting ink, and that is what it is best for. Charged Green ink would have more appeal to me if its single swab color looked like the dual swab color. For those who want to match an ink with the Lamy Charged Green pen, I think Rohrer & Klingner’s Alt-Goldgrun ink would look great, even though it is not exactly matched. Great review Madigan!

  • Kathy

    Good review, Madigan. It seems the Charged Green ink is best suited for highlighting. I can’t even read it on my monitor!

  • Lori Arrowood

    I love the *idea* of this ink, but it does look a little on the light side for daily use. I hoped it would be more of a tad more “yellowy” version of Chiku-rin. Still very cool though – the color in the shaded portions is really nice.

  • Jen

    The one bottle of ink regret I have is the Edelstein Ruby. It’s just way too pink and I’m hoping to pass it along to someone who doesn’t mind the pink.

  • Uniotter

    Thanks for the honest and thorough review. I love the pen color, but the ink appears too light for my taste too. I could see it being good for artwork, though, as some have mentioned.

  • Kenneth

    Thank you, I got stung with the quality of he Neon Lime last year and will be avoiding this one also. Copper orange was such a gorgeous colour, maybe they will do a nice Lilac to go with the new purple Safari.
    As for my Neon Limes, I mixed them in a 1:1 ratio with Lamy blue to get a dirty green I use at work.

  • I S

    I saw an initial picture of the pen & ink on Instagram and it looked much darker, so I bought two boxes of cartridges. I’m pretty disappointed with the ink and figure I’ll have to mix something in to make them usable. I really hope Lamy does a new purple for the Safari…

  • Pigoon Rancher

    I adore the pen color. But I agree – the ink looks too pale. I’ll be using Rohrer and Klingner Alt-Goldgrün, a nice yellow-leaning olive green (at least that’s how it looks when used with my old Kaweco classic sport EF nib):
    http://blog.gouletpens.com/2012/02/rohrer-and-klingner-complete-brand.html

  • FraijoManda

    I think I’m gonna pass on the ink (although Chiku Rin is calling me now!) and just go for that beautiful charged green pen!