Ink Review: Turquoise by Lamy

A year ago I went on a turquoise ink kick and purchased turquoise and teal inks from most of the major brands. I like turquoise but it really isn't a very practical colour for day to day use, it just does't seem serious enough. These bottles get dipped into for journalling and the occasional letter but I will never run out of the turquoise that I have on hand. Over the next few weeks most of my turquoise collection will be featured on the blog and you can decide which shade is for you. 

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JetPens Goulet Pens Stylus Fine Pens Cult Pens
Price / 50 ml Bottle $12.50 US $10.50 US $13 CAN £6.49
Price / ml $0.25 US $0.21 US $0.21 CAN £0.13
Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: This ink shows nice shading on ink resistant papers.
Bleed Through: Moderate bleed through using all but EF nibs on Field Notes paper. Copy paper fairs better but still exhibits this tendency.
Show Through: Absorbant papers will exhibit light show through.
Saturation: Average
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: No useful water resistance on Rhodia, arguable on Copy paper. 
Drying Time: Fairly quick, Less than 15 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Good flow, no hard starts during extended writing sessions.
Cleaning: Easy.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

As can be seen above, this ink is made up of cerulean die and nothing else.

Similar Inks (Images Courtesy of Goulet Pens)

Conclusions

In general, Lamy inks are unremarkable but the shading properties of this turquoise make it stand out. If you are the type of user who prefers broader nibs, this ink should be in your collection. It is also worth noting that this ink comes in a well designed bottle. The bottle includes an integral role of blotting tape to wipe the pen's section with after filling. The geometry of the bottle's glass casting includes a nib reservoir in the base so that you are able to get most of the ink out of the bottle just by using the pen and not requiring a syringe until there are just a couple of millilitres left. 

Other Reviews For This Ink

The Unroyal Warrant 
Ink of Me Fondly
Flotsam Not Jetsam
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