This week’s ink review and giveaway features Lamy Special Edition Mango Ink, one of two new Lamy Special Edition ink colors released in 2020. (The other one is Turmaline). Lamy released the two 2020 Special Edition inks alongside their new 2020 pen colors.
Each year Lamy Pen Company releases a new Special Edition AL-Star and Safari pen. Last year’s AL-Star color was Bronze, and the Safari was a trio of new pastel colors. In 2020, Lamy followed suit with a new AL-Star Special Edition Pen in Turmaline and another trio of new Safari pen colors referred to as the “Candy” edition. The Lamy Safari Candy Pens are available in Aquamarine, Violet, and Mango (each with matching colored clips).
Read on to get all the details about this 2020 Special Edition fountain pen ink!
All About the Ink Maker: Lamy
Lamy is a well-known and highly respected German pen, and ink company loved by many fountain pen enthusiasts. Lamy came on the scene more than fifty years ago with the introduction of their 2000 fountain pen. Throughout the years, many fountain pen enthusiasts grew to love Lamy inks just as much as their pens. Lamy inks are typically basic colors and have become widely known for being good quality and inexpensive.
All About Lamy Inks:
This week’s ink, Special Edition Mango, is a 2020 release added to Special Edition colors available in 50 ml. bottles, but there are a few other options when it comes to Lamy inks:
- Regular Edition Colors in 50 ml. bottles
- Special Edition Colors in 50 ml. bottles
- New Smaller 30 ml. bottles in 3 basic colors, and
- Lamy’s relatively new Crystal Ink Series
Pen Chalet is a proud, authorized retailer of Lamy products with a full range of Lamy fountain pens and fountain pen inks. Find your next Lamy product at Pen Chalet.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Lamy Special Edition Mango
Lamy Special Edition Mango ink is one of two Special Edition inks Lamy released for 2020. Lamy Mango is a light shade of yellow-orange ink with light saturation. The light ink color is darker than yellow, but lighter than your typical or standard orange fountain pen ink and is perfect for various projects, cards, notes, and journaling.
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It’s Time: Lamy Mango Ink Review
This week we learned a lot about Lamy’s Special Edition Mango ink. We ran all our regular tests to come up with the details you’ll need to decide if you should add this particular Lamy ink to your collection or not. Read the full review below!
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
This week, while reviewing Lamy Mango fountain pen ink, we used a J Herbin spiral glass dip pen (which has a tip similar to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) on French-made Rhodia dot pad paper. We always list any products we used during our weekly ink reviews because different papers and nib sizes may produce different results. Remember that as you consider our review and conclusions.
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Lamy Use?
Lamy Mango ink comes in Lamy’s standard 50 ml. ink bottle. The large, circular container is an innovative German design with a small, glass “bump” or nub at the bottle, which serves as an internal, built-in inkwell. Since the glass extension “bump” is not flat, it’s protected by the surrounding plastic extension that serves as a holder for a thin roll of ink blotting paper useful when filling your fountain pen with ink. You might say the Lamy fountain pen ink bottle is an excellent example of top-notch German engineering and design.
How Much Does Lamy Mango Ink Cost?
We have to say when considering the cost of Lamy’s Special Edition Mango fountain pen ink, in that stunningly designed ink bottle, you can’t help but do a double-take. German engineering doesn’t usually come this cheap. In other words, Lamy’s Special Edition Mango ink is very economically priced for the 50 ml. quantity – especially when you take advantage of discount pricing at Pen Chalet.
How Did Lamy Mango Ink Respond During the 1 Dip Test?
We put Lamy’s Mango fountain pen ink to the test with our newest addition to the review routine, the 1 Dip Test. We use this test to see how far one dip can write on paper (dipping the pen in ink only once). We weren’t sure if Lamy’s Mango ink would pass this particular test since light saturation inks don’t typically perform as well in this area, but it did great. Lamy’s Mango ink wrote across the paper on all three writing samples. (We used one dip per writing sample). Writing samples included: S, X, and scribble lines (see the photograph of the samples above). We were quite surprised by how well it performed during the 1 Dip Test, considering the light color.
How Fast Does Lamy Mango Ink Dry?
Lamy Mango fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 4-5 seconds with light saturation, which is very fast. The fast dry time makes it an excellent choice for almost any project.
Does Lamy Special Edition Mango Ink Bleed Through?
We saw no bleeding during normal use of Lamy’s Mango fountain pen ink, but we did notice some very slight bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test.
Was There Any Feathering?
We saw no feathering during normal use on Rhodia Paper and only some slight featuring during the water test.
How Does Lamy Mango Ink Stand Up to Water?
Our weekly ink review’s water test consists of letting the ink sample dry for about three minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample. This week’s ink is not meant to be waterproof, but we put them all through the water test regardless. During the water test, Lamy’s Mango ink had light color smearing, but the lines were mostly clear and legible with some slight line fading.
Does Lamy Fountain Pen Ink Have Good Shading Traits?
Lamy Mango ink has some possible shading traits if you’re working with a nib that allows ink flow variation (like a stub or italic nib). We may see a darker orange color to a light yellow color depending on your nib, ink flow, and penmanship.
Final Conclusion on Lamy Mango Ink:
This week’s ink from Lamy Pen Company is very economically priced and comes in a full-sized 50 ml. bottle. We find the ink packaging produced by this well-regarded German company to be quite a feat of engineering, and the ink is equally impressive. The lovely, bright, unique color is an enviable addition to a varied ink collection, and the fast dry time (4-5 seconds) makes it an excellent everyday ink choice. Since Lamy’s Mango fountain pen ink is one of two Special Edition inks released for 2020, it won’t last forever. Happy writing from Germany!
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