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  1. A Smug Dill

    Lamy T53 Crystal Ink Benitoite

    (My computer crashed and wiped out a couple of collages I was working on in GIMP before I saved them. Not going to bother redoing them, sorry.) Feathering: Not observed on Rhodia DotPad 80g/m² paper Show-through: Almost nil on Rhodia DotPad 80g/m² paper; only the ring from the wet rim of the mouth of the ink bottle can be seen from the verso side Bleed-through: Not observed on Rhodia DotPad 80g/m² paper Drying time: A tad longer than 15 seconds for moderately dry writing; wetting writing can take longer than 20 seconds. Interestingly, with this ink the marks that take longest to dry are where pen strokes intersect (e.g. in the minuscule 't'), and not the heavy dots (e.g. in the minuscules 'i' and 'j'). Water resistance: Very good, although the ink is not waterproof, and there is a bit of run-off of colour into the beadlets of water deposited on top of dried ink marks Shading: See close-up image above. Sheen: This ink can exhibit dark red sheen, but at least on Rhodia DotPad 80g/m² paper it takes very wet ink marks Other observations: I found this ink to be very similar in colour and behaviour on the page with Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black, including its reaction to water (but I haven't tested the two inks for lightfastness, as it is of little concern to me generally). It took application of bleach for me to see any real difference, and conclude that they're not actually the same ink. Given Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black is much cheaper, I think that is a perfectly acceptable substitute; and I sorta regret having bought two surplus bottles of this (before testing it against Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black). Also, I've found this ink to be a little stubborn to clean out of my Lamy 2000, although not terribly so; and it made the piston action rather stiff after several months (with a single fill of Lamy Benitoite being the only ink ever in that pen), so I had to disassemble the pen to service it once I dumped all the thickened (but still liquid) Benitoite ink from its reservoir.

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