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  1. Graf von Faber-Castell Lapis lazuli This was the 3rd ink, part of 5 ink blind test. Thanks @Lithium466 for the sample. Photo courtesy of Fasber-Castell This is a dryish, faded Royal blue, with almost no water resistance. It needs a wet pen and wider nib. It’s very well-behaved on copy paper, but the colour is boring and does not capture the depth and the beauty of Lapis Lazuli. I doubt any ink can. You’re better off, buying a similar ink, with a cheaper packing and less pretentious or buy the cartridge version. The best thing about this ink was using it for washes and cleaning it. With a few flushes and the pen was clean as a whistle. Chroma: This is the loveliest thing about it. Writing Samples: Instead of using a Japanese Ef nib, I reverse wrote with Lamy Ef. Don’t be fooled by the scan, the shading is subtle. The letter C refers to the code name, as it was a blind test Photo: Comparison: The R&K ink is Königsblau (royal blue). C is GvFC Lapis lazuli. Water test: Left side 10 seconds under running water. Sample was written with glass nib. So amount of nib is more than a normal nib. "Smoking" cats will be submitted to water test 🙀 Art Work: I really enjoyed doing washes with this ink. It’s such a pleasant colour and easy to work with. I will post a few other art works in future reviews · Pens used: Lamy (reverse EF/Ef / F/M/B, BB) · What I liked: Chroma, Drawing with and cleaning. · What I did not like: Writing experience. · What some might not like: Dryish ink. It’s a faded royal blue. · Shading: Yes there, is but not so visible as the scan makes you believe. · Ghosting: Very faint on copy paper · Bleed through: Only with a wet/wide nib, in my case a heavy-handed flex nib. · Flow Rate: Dryish · Lubrication: On the low side. · Nib Dry-out: Did not notice. · Start-up: Ok · Saturation: Pastel · Shading Potential: Meh. · Sheen: No. · Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Only with a primed feed with lots of flex. · Nib Creep / “Crud”: Did not notice. · Staining (pen): No. · Clogging: Did not notice. · Cleaning: Very easy. · Water resistance: Dismal · Availability: Cartridges, 75 ml bottles. Please don't hesitate to share your experience, writing samples or any other comments. The more the merrier
  2. When I met Tom on the last Köln Penshow in april, he showed me a nice Goldfink in Lapis Lazuli blue. The pen however was too small for me. So we decided he would make an oversized model for me in this beautiful Lapis Lazuli. Now, two months later I took delivery of this marvellous pen. It is a buttonfiller, has a tuned B 8 nib from Bock. The clip has to be changed to a new one with Goldfink engraved. The pen is postable, writes perfect and is usable as a daily writer. Nice job. Enjoy the pictures.

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