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Lamy Turquoise Review

Lamy Turquoise review

Lamy Turquoise review

I got some Lamy Turquoise cartridges on a whim from Amazon. They were $4.50 and I think I added them in to some other order. You get 5 cartridges for that price so it’s not a bad deal if you have a Lamy fountain pen. It’s a terrible deal if you don’t have a Lamy fountain pen since the cartridges are proprietary. I happen to have so many Safaris and Al-Stars that I literally don’t know how many I have. I can usually put my hands on at least five at any one time. They are great for doing reviews because you can just change nibs on the same pen to see how an ink performs for different nibs.

Anyway, the Lamy turquoise is a really intense blue. In a wet writer it is a deep, clear blue. In a dry writer or an extra fine or fine nib, the color is a lighter, more traditional turquoise color. I like this color in both instances so it’s like having two colors for the price of one. This is also one of those colors that shades wildly in some pens and on some papers and not at all in other pens or on other papers. I have one Lamy where the feed has really generous flow, in this pen the color was just like the color from the 1.5mm calligraphy nib. The exact same nib on a pen with a stingier feed gave the lighter turquoise color.

As a lefty, one of the most important aspects of an ink is how fast it dries. This ink isn’t going to win any speed records but it is noticeably faster than most inks. It is water resistant when dry. I didn’t show this on the scan but I’m always drinking something in my office and writing, so trust me, I know. The paper I’ve been using lately is Rhodia or super cheap copy paper (I work at a library where every penny counts). The paper in the scans for this review is Rhodia.

As an aside, my normal ink pusher supplier  GouletPens now carries these cartridges, too.  Same price but I love dealing with Rachel and Brian so I’m giving them a little plug. This shop is where I’ll be buying my next box of cartridges.

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Inks to Buy

Rather than start a list somewhere in a journal, I’m going to post this here and add as necessary.

Caran d’Ache
Amazon
Storm

De Atramentis
Atlantikblau
Petrol

Diamine
Florida Blue
Midnight
Steel Blue

Iroshizuku
Asa-Gao
Kiri-Same
Ku-Jaku
Tsuki-Yo
Yama-Budo

J. Herbin
1670 Rouge Hematite (on the way!)
Bouquet d’Anton
Eclat de Sapphir
Larmes de Cassis
Lierre de Sauvage

Noodlers
Bay State Blue
Cactus Eel
Kung Te Cheng (on the way!)
Squetegue

Private Reserve
DC Supershow Blue
Midnight Blues fast dry version
Tanzanite (Although I’ve heard this is a pen killer)
Tropical Blue

Rohrer & Klingner
Salix
Scabiosa
Verdigris

Sailor Jentle
Kin-Mosukei
Yama-Dori
Oku-Yama

Watermans
Florida Blue
South Seas Blue

 

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