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Lamy Cartridges. Poor Fit Or Counterfeit?

Dip n Scratch

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I bought some Lamy blue/black cartridges and I have been using them in a Safari & a Nexx.

The issue is that they seem to weep ink where they push-fit onto the 'pip'.

I tried wrapping the cartridge with paper, so there's some kind of a seal around the end of the section.

The paper was impregnated with blue/black ink when I just looked, but there was nothing in the barrel.

I would have tried the cartridges in my Yiren 566 but the damn thing has an EF nib.

The cartridges have the 'LAMY' mark and are in a box with a Lamy name.


Has anyone else had any issue with the fit of the Lamy cartridges? The poor fit made me think they might be counterfeit. I have some Lamy Blue cartridges, but I have only fitted one you my Yiren 566 demonstrator, not to a genuine Lamy pen.

My actual Lamy branded pens are a Safari & a Nexx. The b/b cartridges weeped on both pens.

I quite like the Lamy blue/black ink. I don't know whether it is non-gall or not.

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Never heard of possibly fake Lamy cartridges. You could be the first bu more likely they have been stored improperly or are so old the plastic has oxidized a wee bit and is no longer flexible enough to hold a perfect seal. Depends largely on where you bought them and how much you paid. The Lamy ink is not iron gall.

I ride a recumbent, I play go, I use Macintosh so of course I use a fountain pen.

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Bought from an English Ebay seller 30/08/19.

Is there any way of telling the approximate age of the cartridges from the box? I mean any printed numbers that give a month or year the box was printed. Usually I don't bother with cartridges, but I didn't want to waste money on a bottle for an ink that did not look how I expected on my preferred choice of paper (Clairfontaine usually).

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Try buying a box of cartridges directly from Lamy.

I ride a recumbent, I play go, I use Macintosh so of course I use a fountain pen.

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Occasionally, I have had the same problem as Dip n Scratch. Looking closely, I discovered the lip of the Lamy cartridge had cracked at the very end. This caused ink to leak into the barrel of the fountain pen. Has happened several times. I continue to use Lamy cartridges, and if it happens, I transfer the ink via syringe to a different empty cartridge.


By the way, Parker & Aurora cartridges have the same opening as Lamy. I use the three interchangeably in various fountain pens.


Good luck with your search for a resolution.

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