Thursday, February 18, 2016

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.

  • 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!

  • 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! 

  • 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.

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,

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