Ink Dips: Lamy Black Ink

Lamy Black ink writing sample

I am a huge Lamy pen fan, but not much of a Lamy ink user beyond the occasional cartridge of Lamy Blue, which has always seemed to me to be a lighter blue without much impact. So Lamy Black was completely new to me when I pulled it from my box of random samples. Based on Lamy Blue, I would not have expected a heavier black ink like this from Lamy. But that’s what Lamy Black is.

I filled Lamy Black in my burgundy Aurora Optima with medium nib. I was surprised how wide a line Lamy Black writes, and how black the color looked. Thus today’s writing samples come from Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones.

First is Lamy Black in the Aurora Optima with medium nib on Tomoe River paper.

Lamy Black ink writing sample

Now Rhodia.

Lamy Black ink writing sample

You can see how dark Lamy Black is. But it is important also to convey how very wide Lamy Black writes in this not-very-wide Aurora Optima medium nib.

I had two other black inks already in pens, so I could compare Aurora Black, Lamy Black and Pelikan Brilliant Black. Here they are on Tomoe River paper.

Lamy Black ink comparisons

And here they are on my regular paper, Staples Sustainable Earth, which is more absorbent than Tomoe River or Rhodia and thus closer to the sort of paper you’d find in an office or school setting.

Lamy Black ink comparisons

You can see there’s a tiny bit of feathering there. Lamy Black is a wet, wet ink. It writes a wide, wide line. So a bit of feathering on absorbent papers isn’t surprising. But it’s not bad, and I suspect feathering wouldn’t even be an issue with a Lamy Safari with extra-fine nib.

But just look at those last two photos again. Look at how wide Lamy Black writes. All these inks are in fountain pens with medium nibs. In fact, both Aurora Black and Lamy Black are in Aurora Optimas with medium nibs.

I did look at the nibs of the two Optimas, to compare, but the difference is not due to the nibs. If you click here, you can see the same burgundy Optima with a KWZ ink. The difference is the Lamy Black ink.

Perhaps Lamy engineered Lamy Black to be a good black ink for Lamy fountain pens. The best selling Lamy Safari has a dry, controlled ink flow, so a wetter ink makes sense for that pen, especially with fine or extra-fine nibs. In fact, Lamy Black could be a good match for my own Lamy 2000 extra-fine, with its dry ink flow.

Lamy Black was very wet and very lubricated for me. It has an enthusiastic flow that results in a significantly wider-than-normal line. The ink color is a dark black, and it may look even darker because it goes down so broadly. Lamy Black has hardly any shading, but what shading there is looks gray, so doubly unobtrusive.

The ink cleaned out of the pen moderately easily, needing only to be flushed with water. It has the same unadvertised water resistance of almost every other black ink, making it (and almost all of them) perfectly suitable for addressing envelopes or using near coffee cups.

Lamy Black: an unexpectedly bold black ink from Lamy.

4 thoughts on “Ink Dips: Lamy Black Ink

  1. I enjoyed the review. I have not tried this black before. It does look quite dark to me. But I don’t need another black at this time. I liked to hear about the line width, that is very important to know. I like Aurora Black, and Sailor-Kiwa guro. Aurora-Black and J. Herbin-Perle Noire were about a tie for me. Both very nice, and smooth inks, pretty dark too.

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  2. I’m surprised, too. The Lamy inks I’ve tried (Blue and Green) haven’t been terribly impressive. I wouldn’t have expected this ink to write darker than Aurora’s black, which I’ve always considered one of the deepest black inks.

    I recently purchased a lot of six inks on the cheap, and one of them is a large bottle of Lamy black: I must investigate. Thanks for the demonstration!

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