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Swabs & Swatch
Paper: HPJ1124 24 lb.
Depicts nibs' line-width and pens' relative wetness.
Pens: L → R: Somiko, 440+XF, Estie, PPP, Slimfold & Carene.
Paper base tints:
L → R: HPJ1124, Rhodia, G Lalo white, Royal, Staples 20 lb.
WRITTEN SAMPLES - Moby Dick
Relative Humidity: 87%
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
Paper: Royal - 25% rag.
Paper: Staples 20 lb. multi use.
Paper: Pulp. One-a-Day calendar page.
Wet Tests. ☂
- FP ink containing iron-gall.†
- Daft - to separate materials for recycling, the glass bottle needs smashing.
- Circling the drain.†
- Quite possible.
- Yes - when a simplesimple high-performance true Blue-Black ink is desired.
† I was aghast when informed by Lamy Germany that iron-gall is planned to be eliminated from the bottled ink's formula.
- It is a plan, not a rumour as was mention in Post № 11 LINK
- When/if that occurs is open to speculation LINK.
- I like think that polite but vociferous protest by consumers may have caused Lamy to reconsider that plan.
- So that a broader readership may be aware of this development, a separate Topic in the Inky Thoughts Forum was created. If you wish to comment on the planned formula change, please contribute to that thread and/or write to Lamy. LINK
(From the office of Ms Blue-Black.)
- In the medium to darker densities, I could see LBlBk being used for all communication.
- It may be a nice idea to have bright-eyed Blue ink when/if a more convivial ink seems appropriate.
- For personal work product, I could see using LBlBk without hesitation. (I am sooo dull.)
- The excellent line quality and unobtrusive appearance make this ink a viable option for marginalia, especially from a very narrow nib.
- Not enough zip for editing / mark-up.
- Not enough zap for error correction or grading of assignments.
- Even at maximum density shown, the ink is not prone to become so dark as to be perceived as Black, (unlike Sailor BlBk), hence it is a good intermediate between Black and medium Blue, or dark and medium Blue should a greater non-Blue increment be desired.
- Line quality is excellent, so an easy pick when tight narrow lines are required. e.g. diagrams, charts, labels, crosshatching.
- LBlBk has a very readable appearance, so is well suited for general notes.
- Water resistance is impressive, with little dye coming adrift when wet.
- Performance on 20 lb. bond was outstanding, so two-sided use of 20 lb. 'lowest bidder' papers seems a very realistic expectation.
- Wonderful for hand-written assignments. However, if/when a paper worthy of a high grade is anticipated, a more animated ink should be considered. e.g. PR American Blue
- I have not used LBlBk since my first bottle ran dry, so that says something not everyone wants to read. However, a friend gave me a generous sample from a fresh bottle for my re-edification, and to generate this Review. (As a token of appreciation, I slipped him some Waterman Havana. )
- Easily a pro forma ink - nothing out of the ordinary, other than it is definitely an FP ink. Suits straight-forward writing - this one is unlikely to distract the reader.
- I was hoping that for personal writing, the 'it' factor of i-g inks could generate the charisma to overcome its simplesimple appearance, but I was wrong.
- In the higher densities, it does acquire more substance.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS
- A decidedly dry ink.
- Tips became dry sooner than expected, but not the ink in the feed.
- Very good.
- No significant virga was seen.
- Due to nib tip dry-out, there was some lack of confidence at the first stroke, and a temptation to 'nudge' the nib prior to writing.
- I suggest capping the pen when not in active use.
- Lower than average.
- Likely related to low flow rate.
- Not seen.
- Not seen.
- Not seen.
- Not seen on papers used.
- Not seen on papers used.
- A bit sharp; inky.
- Not seen.
- Given the dryness of the ink, I would guard against contamination of the writing surface.
- Thorough and rapid with plain water.
- This being an iron gall ink, it requires higher maintenance than simple dye-based inks, so one should bring their 'A' game to the clean up regimen, including internals of caps & barrels.
- No stated prohibition.
- I would place this and other i-g inks on the list of 'increased diligence' for mixing.
- Do not mix with Sailor nano inks! ☣
- Lamy claims "... very permanent and can be read even after decades when stored in a dry and shady place."
- As depicted in Figure 9 above.
Now that, dear reader, is another impressive performance profile.
- Rather low level: nap of the earth, but without stealth capability.
- Not the least bit distracting.
- Evident from narrow nibs used, but it seems a bit hit or miss otherwise.
- Likely needs to be cultivated, or could be suppressed.
- Pen+nib combos used:
- Far more than expected.
- Papers used:
- A bit more than expected.
- The wily practitioner would definitely need to choose their writer first, then make a rather deliberate choice of paper to generate the desired Look.
- LBlBk may be frustrating to those without a range of pens and papers to generate the desired Look. However, as LBlBk is unlikely to misbehave, the results should be acceptable.
Originals are 60x30mm
As I do not wish to be dubbed 'Queen of The Bandwidth Bandits', these are links only.
Somiko on HPJ1124
Estie on Rhodia
PPP on G Lalo
Carene on Royal
Is the name appropriate?
- Definitely a Blue-Black, without a hint of green/teal/blaqua.
For the recent Blue-Black inks that I have reviewed, an effort was made to use several of the same papers, one or more of the same pen/s, and Written Sample format to support side-by-side comparison through manipulation of your web browser windows. I hope this is sufficient to meet most ad hoc comparison requirements; if not, I welcome your request via PM.
I plan to generate three comparisons as separate Topics in the Ink Comparisons, Scans & Tests SubForum next door: the cartridge version without iron-gall, the bottled Montblanc Midnight Blue, and Pelikan's 4001 Blue-Black.
- Ran well on all papers used.
- None encountered.
- Most reasonable tints.
- Forms, etc.
- For charts & graphs:
- Quite possible.
- Once again, paper is very much a matter of preference over performance.
*Being an i-g ink, this is often named as an effective counter-measure to highly absorbent FP-hostile paper.
- I'm afraid not - lacking the complexity, jump and juice to be conjured.
- While I do have a penchant for pale inks, in this case the greater density and stub nib of the Carene give the LBlBk a character I can appreciate.
- My crystal ball indicates that once the sample is done, it will not be replaced by a bottle.
- Ah kushbaby, will six bottles be sufficient to sustain you beyond The Zombie Apocalypse? Post №44 LINK
NUTS & BOLTS
- Sailor Somiko + TIGP F nib.
- Sheaffer 440 + XF steel nib.
- Estie + steel nib.
- Platinum President Purist + 22K B nib.
- Parker UK Slimfold + 14K Bodacious nib.
- Waterman Carene + 18K stub nib.
- HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
- Royal, 25% cotton rag.
- Staples 20lb. multi use.
- Pulp. One-a-Day Calendar page.
- Scans were made on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted.
- Figures shown were scanned at 200 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- HiRes Images linked were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Scans were not adjusted post-production, other than dumb-down by Photobucket and IP.Board s/w.
Densitometer Readings (FWIW)
- Red 132
- Grn 151
- Blu 185
- Lum 153
The accuracy and relevance of this Review depends in great part upon consistency and reliability of matériel used.
Ink does not require labelling/notice to indicate (changes in) formulation, non-hazardous ingredients, batch ID, date of manufacture, etc.
As always, YMMV, not only from materials, methods, environment, etc., but also due to differences between the stuff I used, and that you may have.
Also, I entrust readers to separate opinion from fact; to evaluate inferences and conclusions as to their merit; and to be amused by whatever tickles your fancy.
Edited by Sandy1, 16 August 2011 - 17:51.