Hey fountain pen folks! Madigan here, bringing you my latest Monday Matchup. This week I chose a Lamy LX Palladium and Noodler’s Red-Black ink. I was intrigued by this interesting colored ink- it’s one of Noodler’s hybrids, a permanent ink with dual colors. I love a good burgundy, so I was intrigued. As for the Lamy LX, I’m a sucker for the grip section on the Safari, Al-Star, and LX and loved the simplicity of the Palladium color. I chose an Extra-fine nib to see how it stacked up against my Lamy Safari.

The inspiration for this piece came from the recent Figboot on Pens interview with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I was listening to it while playing with the pen and this idea just came to me! I thought that Saturn was the perfect planet to show off the various colors this ink had to offer.

To start the piece, I took a sheet of Rhodia Paper and drew an outline of Saturn. Then I took my sheet of Tomoé River Paper and laid it over the outline. Then I took a water brush pen filled with water and dipped it into the bottle of ink. In an arching motion I filled in the circle of the planet, starting at the top. About midway, I switched the orientation of the paper and started on the other side of the planet, continuing to fill it in. I was surprised at how fast the ink was dry!  I then put in the rings around the planet, using the brush pen in the same manner. Since it dried so quickly, I was able to outline the rings and planet easily with the pen and write in the Beatles quote.

I was not a huge fan of this pen and ink together, to be honest. I tend to find some of the waterproof Noodler’s ink surprisingly dry, and this one was no exception. When combined with the Extra-fine nib, it made for a very difficult writing experience with a nib starving for ink. I think this pen would work better with a wetter writing ink.

The pen had great control when writing or drawing, so I’d recommend that whole-heartedly. I liked the unassuming color as well. The ink would work best for grading or editing- especially on less fountain pen friendly paper.

You can find the Lamy LX Palladium fountain pen at GouletPens.com for $55. Noodler’s Red-Black is available in a 3oz bottle for $12.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

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