This week’s ink review and giveaway feature Lamy Crystal Amazonite ink. Lamy’s Crystal ink line features new packaging, a new bottle size, and ten original colors. One of the ten new colors in Lamy’s Crystal ink line, Amazonite, is named after the Amazon river in Brazil. Lamy Crystal Amazonite is a bright and vivid blue-green teal color. Some might describe it as turquoise, but it is greener than a pure turquoise. Other Cyrstal Lamy ink colors are Agate (gray), Topaz (brown), Benitoite (blue/grey), Ruby (red), Obsidian (black), Azurite (purple), Rhodonite (pink), Peridot (green), and Beryl (berry).
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All About the Ink Maker: Lamy Pens
Lamy Pens is better known for their pens. The German pen company makes it their mission to focus on combining functionality with timeless, modern design, and most would agree that they make success a habit. Lamy produces its high-quality products out of Heidelberg, Germany, where the family company was founded in 1930. During their time in the fine writing instrument industry, Lamy has received over 100 design awards and now producing approximately 9 million writing instruments per year.
Pen Chalet is a proud authorized retailer of all Lamy products, including their regular Lamy ink line, it’s Crystal ink line and many fine writing instruments made by Lamy Pen Company.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Lamy Crystal Amazonite Ink
Lamy Crystal Amazonite fountain pen ink is one of Lamy’s lovely Crystal inks named after gemstones. The Amazonite is a healing stone with soothing properties said to calm the brain and nervous system. The Lamy’s Amazonite ink is a vivid, bright teal that leans more heavily towards green than blue in the balance creating a shade of turquoise leaning more toward unique rather than true.
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Our review of Lamy Crystal Amazonite ink had us searching for all the standout characteristics you’re dying to know. Run through the list below, so you have the info you need to make an informed purchase next time you’re choosing a fountain pen ink brand or a new ink color.
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
To keep things scientific…this is where we’ll share the “hows” and “whats” of our ink review. For our review of Lamy Crystal Amazonite ink, we used a French-made J Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. The glass dip pen’s tip is similar to a fine-medium fountain pen nib.
Don’t forget – different papers and nib sizes will produce different results. Remember to consider this when deciding whether or not to add Lamy Crystal Amazonite ink to your collection!
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Lamy Use for their Crystal Ink Line?
Lamy created a brand new ink bottle for their Crystal line of inks. Each of Lamy’s Crystal inks come in a beautiful, heavy-weighted, triangular 30 ml. glass bottle with rounded edges. The bottle arrives in a professional-looking cardboard box, clearly reflecting the color of the ink inside. The packaging is well designed and includes a built-in internal structure to protect the ink bottle in transit and storage. The new bottle design also includes a new Lamy Crystal ink lid. A crystal embossed, large-mouthed, aluminum lid is housed on top of a plastic liner. In addition to providing extra protection, the plastic liner is actually the color of the ink inside the bottle.
How Much Does Lamy Crystal Ink Cost?
Lamy Crystal Amazonite ink is slightly more expensive than Lamy’s regular ink line, but it’s available at Pen Chalet at a discounted price, so don’t despair. At our discount pricing, Lamy Crystal Ink is a low mid-ranged ink option.
How Fast Does Lamy Crystal Amazonite Fountain Pen Ink Dry?
Lamy Crystal Amazonite fountain pen ink had a quick dry time during out review, approximately 5 seconds. We generally consider any dry time under 10 seconds as reasonable for everyday use. So we feel comfortable recommending Lamy’s Crystal Amazonite ink as an everyday ink option.
Does Lamy Crystal Amazonite Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?
During normal use, we saw no bleeding. (Again, these results were seen when using the Lamy Crystal Amazonite ink on Rhodia dot pad paper). At the most saturated point of the cotton swab test, we only saw slight bleeding.
Was There Any Feathering While Using Lamy Crystal Amazonite Ink?
During normal use, we saw no feathering. When we put Lamy’s Crystal Amazonite ink to the water test, there was only slight feathering. Since it’s not a waterproof ink, that’s completely normal.
How Does Lamy Crystal Amazonite Ink Stand Up to Water?
We included a water test in the review of Lamy Crystal Amazonite ink. (For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample). The water test resulted in some color smearing and slight additional feathering, as well as some slight line distortion and fading. The water test results were typical for a non-waterproof ink.
Does Lamy Crystal Amazonite Ink Have Good Shading or Sheening Traits?
Lamy Crystal Amazonite ink has a lot of shading potential from deep dark teal to light turquoise blue. During our ink review, we even saw some unintentional red metallic sheen. The sheening occurred during the most saturated points of the cotton swab test.
Final Conclusion on Lamy Crystal Amazonite Fountain Pen Ink:
Lamy’s recently introduced Crystal ink line was designed to inspire creativity, with each of the ten ink colors being named after gemstones. Like their pens, the Lamy inks are produced in Germany and are known for being high quality, dependable choices for pen enthusiasts around the world. The new line also introduced an updated Lamy look with an updated bottle and packaging to support their new ink colors.
Lamy’s Crystal Amazonite fountain pen ink offers a vivid, bright blue-green ink color that is economically priced for qualify fountain pen ink, has a quick dry time, and beautiful shading traits. After our ink review, we recommend Lamy’s Crystal fountain pen ink line for everyday use.
Lamy Crystal Amazonite ink is an excellent ink from a great German brand. If you haven’t tried Lamy’s ink yet, you might want to give it a chance. We count Lamy’s Crystal ink line as another one of their many successes: it’s functional, it’s timeless…it’s all Lamy. Happy writing from Germany!
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