- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- Slow – If you are a fan of fast drying inks, this one might not be the one for you. This ink has a dry time of over 30 seconds. When testing the ink, I found that I had to be pretty careful not to smudge or smear the ink as I was waiting for it to dry. Left handed side writers beware! You may have some trouble using this ink because of the long dry time.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- High – Water will wash away some of the color from the page when it is applied but it is still considered a water resistant ink. Your writing will still be readable, but might be a little lighter than when you first applied it to the page.
- Low – If you are going for a brighter blue hue of this ink, make sure you put a lot of it down on the page. This inks saturation is quite low. When using thinner nibs, you will most likely see a lighter, paler version of the ink. When using broader nibs, it will produce a richer, deeper color that resembles more of a royal blue than a black.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Hard- This ink is a modern iron gall ink. Iron gall inks can be harder to clean because of the wear and tear they can take on nibs and other parts of the pen. If the ink is cleaned out often, you should be fine, but take care not to leave it in your pen for extended periods of time.
- Medium – I found that this ink does come with some shading but you see it most when using thinner nibs. In broader nibs, the shading is a lot less noticeable because you are putting down more ink throughout more of the writing. With thinner nibs, you can see the ink pooling up in parts of the letters, creating a color variation throughout the lines.
- Medium – I was able to use this ink in two different pens and I found the flow to be different with each one. In the Limonada, I found that this ink had some hard starts and skipping but once I used some pressure in the pen, it flowed seamlessly. In the Lamy Al-Star (M), the flow was much more consistent but it seemed a bit dry. When using a broader nib on the Lamy, the flow was wonderful and didn’t seem quite as dry writing as it did with the Medium nib.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- Rounded 60ml glass bottle with squared off bottom.
- Bottle has a medium sized opening that is easy to fill from.
- Bottle comes with an inkwell inside for easy filling. Flip the bottle upside down to fill the inkwell, then fill your pen from inside the inkwell to get every last drop out of the bottle.
- Also available in cartridges and 2ml ink samples.
Inks similar in color:
There aren’t too many inks that are the exact hue of this subtle blue black but you can get the same deep blue results with all of these similar choices!
This subtle shade of blue works in so many environments! It is safe for work, safe for play, and safe for the everyday. Just remember that you may need to clean it out more often than some of your other inks because it is an iron gall. If you’ve been wondering what a modern iron gall ink is like, but been too scared of what it will do to your pen, this one might be a great first one to try.
I really enjoyed writing with this ink and experiencing all the little quirks about it. It gives a little bit of shading, is water resistant, and can range in color from a light pale blue to a deep royal blue. What’s not to like?
Do you prefer your inks to be subtle and quiet or vibrant and bold? Comment below with your favorite inks for both.