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Lamy Crystal Ink Obsidian

7/4/19

Lamy has a new set of inks, and they've chosen a mineral theme (though obsidian isn't actually a mineral), and some of these inks look pretty cool. I picked this one up from Dromgoole's at the Atlanta Pen Show, and you can find the whole line on their web site. They come in 30ml bottles at $16, and they're pretty nice bottles. Wide mouths, deep enough, and the glass looks nice.

Obsidian is a deep black ink that will give you some sheen with the right paper/nib combination. I like an interesting black ink, and this one is pretty cool. It's a little on the thick side, and it had some trouble in finer nibs. I added a little White Lightning to a sample vial of Obsidian, and it keeps it working in that very fine JoWo nib on my Krusac pen. None of the wider nib sizes had any issues with Obsidian, though.


Close Ups


You can see some of the sheen in this ink in the picture above. It's a good looking ink. 



Paper Test: 20 lb Copy Paper


This ink didn't have many problems on the bad office paper, though there was some bleed and feather from the music stub on the Sailor pen. 


Paper Test: Ink Journal Tomoe River Paper

The ink comes off a little bit blue on this sample, but I think that's just where I rotated the nib too much on the italic nib, so it didn't get much ink on the page. I'm not very good at writing with that nib.



Paper Test: Inky Fingers Currently Inked Wheat Straw Paper



Chromatography!


Water Test:

This one is a little bit water resistant. It definitely smears around, but it's readable. 


Video Review


Color Comparisons








**I bought this ink, and the links are just links. No affiliate links or anything. All impressions are mine, and what you see is what I got.**

J. Herbin 1798 Kyanite du Nepal

6/25/19
Sample bottle provided for review by Exaclair, the USA distributor for J. Herbin.

Each year, Herbin comes out with a shimmery ink, and the last couple of them have been in the silver-shimmer 1798 line. Somehow, I've actually skipped the last two. I understand why I would have skipped the purple one, but how in the world did I skip the orange? I'll have to rectify that.

This one, obviously, is a blue. It's a really nice blue, actually, and one that is different from the other blues that I have in my collection. The silver shimmer/sheen isn't as impressive as Colorverse Cat (and here's a look at that one), but it comes off as a nice bright blue. Check it out below and let me know what you think in the comments.


Written Review


Close ups!


I love a good bright blue ink, and this is certainly one of those. I'd buy this one without the shimmer, too. The shimmer and the sheen are more subtle in this one than in many of the other shimmery J. Herbin inks. It's certainly there, but it's not overwhelming.


I didn't have any serious issues with this ink in the BB SIG nib that I've been using it in. There are some places where the flow was a little more reticent than in others, but I never had it stop up on me. This nib is fairly wide, but it's not crazy wet, so I think this one will work well in smaller nibs.



Paper Test: 20 lb Copy Paper


This ink behaved itself really well on the cheap-o copy paper from Staples. There are a couple of spots of bleed through, but that's not bad on this paper from this nib.


 Paper Test: Ink Journal Tomoe River Paper
You can catch a couple hints of the sheen on this paper, but it's subtle.


Paper Test: Inky Fingers Currently Inked Wheat Straw Paper

Just fine on this paper, of course. A little sheen, and the color comes through well.


Chromatography

This one has blue in it. Pretty much just blue. And a hair. That's not part of it.

Water Test

Not particularly water resistant. You can see the lines and most of the words after the water was blotted away.



Video Review!



Color Comparisons! 

Most of these are on Col-o-ring Cards or Col-o-Dex Cards. Find them here.







**This little bottle was sent out for review by Exaclair, the USA distributor for J. Herbin and other brands. All impressions are mine, and what you see is what I got.**

Robert Oster Green Lime

6/20/19


This is one of those inks that I've had in a pen for a really long time. You'll see in the ink journals below that I first filled these pens with Green Lime back in January. The Platinum 3776 has been wearing this green ink for longer than that, and both of these have been refilled a couple of times since January. I originally got a sample of this ink for review from Anderson Pens a while ago, used it all up, and then bought a bottle.

So, spoiler alert: I like this ink.

Mostly.

As you'll see below, I really like this ink in one nib and I just don't really care for it in the other.

Written Review


The finer, drier Procyon doesn't give this ink enough room to run, if you ask me. The 3776 is much better for this one. Of course, if you're into the light, undersaturated look then you're gonna like this one in finer nibs.


Close Ups





Paper Test: 20 lb Copy Paper


Pretty good, really. You get some spots of bleed from the broad nib, but it's not too bad. It shows up more in this photo than it does in real life, really. I upped the exposure a little in post-processing and it brought out the ghosting a bit more.


Paper Test: Inky Fingers Currently Inked Wheat Straw Paper



Paper Test: Ink Journal Tomoe River Paper




Chromatography!


Water Test!

Nope. Not water resistant.



Video Review




Color Comparisons







Find this one at your favorite Robert Oster retailer!




**So, I got the original ink sample for free, but then I bought the bottle of ink. No promises were given, no money changed hands, and what you see is what I got.**