It’s always exciting when new inks come in, although the Lamy Crystal inks have actually been on our shelves for a while.*
These are ten new inks in colours inspired by crystals and minerals, decidedly more adventurous, as compared with their more utilitarian standard line. These new Crystal inks also come in smaller 30 mL bottles.
These writing samples and swabs are all done in a Taroko notebook.
Personal favourites (as indicated by the bottles that have been seconded into my own collection)? No surprises: the Benitoite (blue black) and the Topaz (brown). The Azurite I also found quite wet, and it’s got that great sheen. It is, alas, more of a blue purple than the Dark Lilac, but it may also be joining my shelf soon enough. The Obsidian is also a nice black, quite dark and smooth, although I have a hard time motivating myself up to ink up a pen with black ink.
It’s fun to see these new colours come out from Lamy, Lamy being one of my go-to brands, and often the first one I recommend to beginners when I’m out in the shop. A few bright colours, with some sheen, some more unusual dusky hues. A great addition to the Lamy line-up.
In other news, in the time it’s taken me to get my act together and swab and photograph these new inks (2-3+ months?), the more exciting 2019 Bronze Lamy Al-Star and Bronze ink have come in. More on them later, but for now, here’s a sneak peek. Mine is a fine!
*Actually Lamy sent them to us in this little swivelly thing that also comes with Vista testers for each other inks, which sits on one of our tables. Alas, I’m at the studio shop so I can’t take a picture right now, but rest assured it swivels very well.