Hi all! This is my first post to the Fountain Pen Network forums!
I recently purchased a Lamy Al-Star Safari fountain pen for some everyday use. Without looking around, I purchased Noodler's Baystate Blue ink. For some reason, I decided to look around before I used the ink in my new fountain pen. And I'm glad I did.
Perusing these forums and some other sites, I have seen complaints about Baystate Blue causing issues in Lamy fountain pens. I couldn't find anything definite, so I shot an email to Noodler's, hardly expecting a reply.
Dick at Noodler's quickly got back to me with this:
If your Lamy had a Casein feed, I would not use Baystate Blue in it.
Since I'm new to the scene, I had no idea what he was talking about. A casein feed??? Even some intense googling failed to turn up anything I could understand.
So I'm stuck as to whether or not to use Noodler's Baystate Blue ink in my Lamy fountain pen.
Can anyone explain the casein feed? Does a Lamy Al-Star Safari have one? Does anyone have first-hand experience with the combination of Baystate Blue and a Lamy pen?
I appreciate any help anyone can provide. I'm a little sad to hear that Baystate Blue might not work in my new pen, so I'm hopeful for good news.
You've noticed that it's a much-discussed issue.
I don't think there's any chance that Lamy uses casein for anything, however, that's not likely to be relevant.
Since BSB was introduced many people have reported that the feeds of their Lamy Safaris have failed when the pen was inked with it. I posted a picture of such an event here
I have had three feeds fail in that manner on a Safari that was never used with any other ink. So, instead of refilling the repaired Safari with BSB, I put the BSB in an older Safari to see if that makes a difference.
Of course the FPN Way for dealing with problematic combinations of pen and ink is:
1. Buy another bottle of ink
2. Buy another pen
3. Buy another pen, some more ink and some paper that's been recommended on the Paper and Pen Paraphernalia board.
I've used the BSB in a Reform 1745 and a Pelikano without problems and currently have it in a Pilot 78G and a Pilot V5 rollerball that I refilled, as well as my oldest Safari.
You must decide what degree of risk you want to assume, after you make your best guess as to what the risk is. Whatever you do, keep us informed. If anything spectacular happens, post pics.