For March I have chosen another colour from Lamy’s Crystal Ink range and this time it is Obsidian.
Obsidian takes its name from the deep black volcanic glass that has been used throughout the centuries to create everything from sharp blades to jewellery.
Normally when people ask for a recommendation for a black ink both Waterman and Herbin’s Perle Noire will be suggested and both of them are considered, by many, as definitive black inks and having used both of them I have to agree that they are both very good inks.
So the question is ‘Is Obsidian good enough to be worth your pennies?”
With this in mind I set up my ink test as follows:
- Q-Tip two pass patch test.
- Three lines, one pass, two passes and three passes to build up a base and see how strong a colour I can develop.
- Text using a standard nib and feed dip pen.
The test was carried out on a Muji Sketch Book F1, the Sketch Book is slightly larger than A5 with thick paper suitable for water colours et cetera, so Ideal for ink testing.
The first pass with the Q-Tip produced a dark grey (visible around the edges), the second pass turned this into a nice solid black and the follow up stripes built up a good strong black with each layer I applied. When the light catches the stripes just right you can see a hint of dark coppery brown coming through, sadly, try as I might, I couldn’t capture this on the photographs.
Finally, writing with this ink is a very nice experience, I found the ink to be very well behaved, the flow was good, and the saturation produced good black text with no hints of grey.
I like this ink and I’m happy to recommend it; if you are looking for a good everyday black ink this one needs to be on your shopping list.
On the other hand, if you’re thinking of it as a gift for someone Lamy has you covered; the Crystal Ink range comes bottled and packaged to a standard that is well above the price point (approximately £9.50 GBP) making it a very affordable luxury ink.
One last thing. If you are interested in the dip pen used, it was made for me by Ranga Pens in India, it is the large model made from ebonite with a standard nib and feed. Should you decide you want one I would recommend a standard size with a medium or broad nib but whatever you decide just contact Mr Kandan and he will let you know what the latest options are.
Disclaimer: The ink was purchased with my own funds at retail price. The opinions expressed in this review are my own; and I am not connected with either the retailers or manufacturers in any way.