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Lamy Petrol

7/6/17


This is one of those limited edition inks that came and went very quickly. I was lucky enough to get a bottle from a local vendor (Crazy Alan's Emporium) when the first (and maybe only?) wave of the ink went out to vendors. You might be able to find some online, but your best bet might be a smaller local vendor if you have one.

The matching Lamy Safari is still available, but I think they made far more of those than the ink. I still haven't gotten one, but I'll probably pick one up at the DC show if they're still available. I don't need another Safari, but I do like the matte finish on this pen.

Petrol is an interesting ink. It's a super-dark blue-green that can easily pass as a black ink under most circumstances. It's got some shading (on the right paper and with the right nib) and some sheen (same caveats). There are some other inks that are a fairly close approximation, but they're all a bit more expensive than Petrol.  Look for those further down in the post.





Written Review



Close Ups!



Copy Paper Test



Wheat Paper


Tomoe River Paper



Color Comparisons






Chromatography
 I just published a tutorial on how to make these, if you're curious. It's fun and easy!


Water Test and Video Review!






You're going to get a lot of smear from this ink when you get it wet, but you should also have plenty of text left over in a darker green color. Maybe cool for some artistic purposes?



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Jake Spangler said...

Is this the Lamy T52 Bottle Ink Petroleum (50ml)?

Mike Matteson said...

As far as I know, it's just called "Petrol", but yes.

Jake Spangler said...

I am going off of google translate so that maybe why it copied as petroleum. I am looking at pairing it with their fountain pen, were you able to pick one up at the DC show?

I am new to Lamy and the safari line how do they write in your honest opinion?

Mike Matteson said...

Ah, yeah, that'll do it. The pen is really nice, actually. I forgot to get one, but they're not in short supply, so I should still be able to get one. I think they're good pens. Maybe a little light for me, but they always look good and the matte ones are especially cool. The nibs can vary, but they're generally just fine. A little on the dry side, perhaps? Nothing major. I got my wife one for her first pen a long while back, and they're lots of people's first stop on the fountain pen track.

Jake Spangler said...

Cheers and thank you for the info and your quick replies.