Friday, March 29, 2019

Lamy Crystal Inks (T53) are here!

Pen Boutique recently received all ten Lamy Crystal inks. Let’s check them out!

This light gray ink has a noticeable yellow undertone. This is probably one of my favorites!

A lovely teal color that has a good bit of shading. I would place this ink on the bluer end of the teal spectrum.

Looking at some swabs online, it would seem like this ink ranges from a bright ultramarine color to a very deep, dark blue with a lot of olive green shading. In our own swab, we didn’t see any of the green sheen appear, and the color was definitely more of a bluish purple.

Benitoite is a bit of a light blue-black, almost a blue-gray, that shades pretty well. Personally, when it comes to blue-black inks, I prefer ones that shade a lot, so this one seems pretty nice to me.

Beryl is a vibrant fuchsia color that reminds me of bougainvillea. Another one of my favorites. Reminds me of Rose Cyclamen from J. Herbin.

Obsidian is the black ink of the line. If I had to assign a color to it, I’d say it has the tiniest hint of green or yellow. It definitely strikes me as a darker black than Lamy’s standard black ink.

Peridot is a nice, saturated green color. In others’ swabs, it almost appears as a green-black, but for us, it’s quite bright. It looks similar to J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage.

As many have noted, Rhodonite is almost identical to Lamy’s Vibrant Pink ink. It’s a bright hot-pink color with some mild gold sheen.

Ruby is the red, but it seems less saturated than I would expect. It also doesn’t have a lot of shading on our swab.


Topaz is a soft brown color that I would liken to Hazelnut Brown from Graf von Faber-Castell.

Okay, that's all of them! What do you think of this new line of inks? What's your favorite one? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Lamy Bronze Collection - First Impressions

This week, we received our Lamy AL-Star Bronze pens, ink bottles, and ink cartridges.

On first seeing the pen, it was lighter than we had assumed it would be! Bronze has a wide range of shades, and the body color of the pen is like bronze polished to a shine. The color really looks nice in the classic AL-Star metallic finish.

As for the ink, even more, surprises were in store… the bronze ink also was much lighter and more orange than we thought it would be. It shades nicely, and the bright color still shines through even in writing.

Overall, we’re really liking the look of this new set. They’re available right now, so check them out here!

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