- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River cream paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- 20-25 seconds: Pretty quick dry time, so I could see myself using this in a variety of settings.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low: Unfortunately it’s not water resistant, so if you accidentally spill water on your page, your writing will not last.
- High: There’s very little difference between swab 1 and 3. The more ink you put down on the page, the more of the green sheen you’re going to see, especially on paper like Tomoe River.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Easy: No issues at all getting this cleaned out of the Lamy Al-star.
- Low: You’re not going to see much shading from this ink. But that’s ok by me because the overall color is so beautiful.
- Wet: This ink is lubricated to help it from drying out in your pen. I found the flow to be quite wet on the Rhodia paper.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- Comes in a nice 90ml glass bottle
Inks Similar in Color:
There aren’t a lot of other inks that are this particular shade of purple, making it unique in the fountain pen market. The green sheen is a really distinct feature of this ink, but it will take a lot of ink on the page to be able to see the sheen. You most likely won’t be seeing the green sheen while writing with the ink every day, but if you really put some ink down on the page, it’ll show and it is beautiful! Overall though, I loved the flow of this ink and since I often leave pens inked up for a while, the fact that it’s lubricated is really appealing to me!
Have you tried any of the recently released Monteverde inks yet?