More Inks for Lamy’s Charged Green Al-Star


Here are a few more ink possibilities for the new Lamy Charged Green Al-Star, these suggested by readers of the original post, here.

The first is Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin, as suggested by Rafael.  I think Chiku-rin really works with the suggestion of celery green in the pen.  It might be slightly greener, and the pen slightly more yellow, but I like more green, and I like this combination.


Second is Derek’s suggestion of Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün. This is a very popular ink with nice shading, that I think of as an avocado green.  And I think this color really works beautifully with our Charged Green Al-Star, too.


Chiku-rin and Alt-Goldgrün are both yellow-greens.  With the Charged Green Al-Star, that’s clearly the way to go — or else greenish yellow inks.  Thanks to Rafael and Derek.

Finding Inks for Lamy’s Charged Green Al-Star


Being an unreconstructed fan of the Broadway musical — aka a total nerd — I really wanted to title this, “How do you solve a problem like the Lamy Charged Green Al-Star?” But, yeah, few will know what I’m talking about.  And those who do will shake their heads.

So, here’s the issue.  As our commentator Elizabeth noted, Lamy’s Charged Green ink isn’t perhaps the greatest match for the new Charged Green Al-Star.  It’s a little light in color and it’s a little too green.  Though as an ink I like it, personally.  I’m totally into light green ink.  I grabbed a few for this post.

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Pen of the Day: Lamy Al-Star Aluminum


Lamy Al-Star Aluminum with broad nib. Normally I like an extra-fine nib, but sometimes a broad nib really works with a particular ink.  And I love how this ink, KWZ Iron Gall Green #1, looks with this wider nib.


The Aluminum Al-Star has always been one of my favorites. It’s almost elegant.  That aluminum really makes the black clip, trim and nib pop.


Has Lamy Gone Too Green?


I am afraid the Complaint Department is going to be open today. I had a dentist appointment just before writing this, so you’ll have to pardon me if I’m in the mood to grouse.

Here’s what is nagging at me: With the recent arrival of the Charged Green Lamy Al-Star, it seems that four out of my fifteen Al-Stars are some shade of green.  Look at that.

There’s one blue.  Three silvers — that lovely lilac in tenth position was called “Ice Blue,” but I consider it a silver.  But even if you classify Ice Blue as a blue, there are only two blues.  There are three in the red family, if like me you consider “Dark Purple” to be a burgundy; otherwise two in the red family. But four greens. And all unusual greens, too.  Not even a British Racing Green.

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Pen of the Day: Lamy Al-Star Dark Purple


Lamy Al-Star Dark Purple with medium nib. Ah, the power of a name. I have always slightly disapproved of this pen because Lamy called it “purple,” and it’s just not my idea of purple. But I like it as a maroon or burgundy pen.

Anyway I’m using it to test KWZ Maroon, a very nice ink.


I’ve never really like the Al-Star as much as the Safari.  But it’s starting to grow on me.  Aluminum is neat.


Pen of the Day: Lamy Al-Star Purple


Lamy Al-Star Purple with fine nib. I’m still focusing on purple. This is Lamy’s idea of a purple pen, which is more my idea of a deep burgundy, but it’s a nice color. Sometimes we just have to roll with it.

I think the aluminum body of this Al-Star looks great with the silver clip.


The ink is Sailor Kobe #32 Tamon Purple Grey. I really love this ink. Does it match the pen? Maybe not exactly. But sometimes we just have to roll with it.