Lamy Dark Lilac

This pen is so unique! I must say the for the last three years the Special Edition Safari’s have been on fire!! Loved the neons they did, and now they’ve completely switched it up with a matte, black trimmed, vampy purple.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

I’m never sure if i’m going to buy the Special Edition every year, there are a few reasons for this. Firstly the design is always the same, the colour simply changes. Secondly the colours that were released before the neons, to me, weren’t all that unique. And before the these pens where available on Write Gear, the only nib size available was a medium – which meant the writing experience would be identical. So I was never quite convinced of its “Specialness”, but seriously – the last three years have been on point. At least in my opinion.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

This pen must be one of the most talked about Safari’s Lamy has every released. It’s purple, which to my knowledge has never been done but has constantly been asked for… So i’m pretty sure most people would have been very happy with a purple in the standard glossy finish and stainless steel trim. And if that had been the case, the chances of me buying it would have immediately halved. Thankfully Lamy had different ideas, and the results are incredible.

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Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

The pen comes in the standard faded black cardboard box, with the Lamy logo neatly printed dead centre in silver, and the multiple cut-outs providing a sneak peak of the pen. It also has the standard cardboard insert which the pen clips onto but that’s about it for the packaging. Bold, functional and minimalistic.

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Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

The finish on this pen is matte, and as a result of that it has a very fine textured feel to it. This actually means that the pen is even more comfortable then the glossy Safari’s. It comes with a standard blue cartridge, and the traditional cardboard ring to prevent the cartridge from accidentally piercing.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

I bough mine from Write Gear, so I also received a dark lilac cartridge and was able to choose my nib size(seriously one of the best features ever). I finally decided to give the bold nib a try, and as you can see the black trim goes perfectly with the purple of this pen, giving it a slightly stealthy vibe.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

You can also purchase a Lamy Z24 converter for the Safari so you aren’t limited to the proprietary cartridges Lamy sells. This converter has a plastic dots on the sides, that fit perfectly into the notches on the pen.

Lamy Z24 Converter

Lamy Z24 Converter

Which is really cool, as it acts as an additional measure to keep your converter snugly in place.

Lamy Z24 Converter

Lamy Z24 Converter

Some days I feel like matching the ink to my pen, but today was not one of those days. Instead inked it up with Diamine Soft Mint, and no surprise it wrote smoothly right off the bat.

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

And then I just started taking a lot of photo’s…..

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

If you interested in getting one for yourself, you can find it here: Lamy Limited Edition: Dark Lilac

M.

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Rohrer and Klingner Smaragdgrün

This is another one of those inks that I personally find addictive. I ink up a pen, and end up constantly using it,until i can convince myself to stop re-inking in the same colour and start rotating inks again.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

The name Smaragdgrün means emerald and as you can see in the images it’s a pretty accurate description of the colour. Colombian emeralds to be even more specific, and somehow they’ve also managed to add some of the same glowy depth. Then again I really love this colour so take this review with a pinch or two of salt.

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You’ll also see that I spelt Smaragdgrün wrong:( I left out the d. What can I say – spelling has never been my strong suit. I’m pretty sure auto-correct was invented because of people like me.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Like all Rohrer and Klingner inks, this one is beautifully behaved. No feathering, bleed-through, dries relatively quickly and the shading in my 6mm Pilot Parallel is just so prettttty, and the sheen – look at that red black sheen… K i’ll stop now.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Sheen

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Sheen

And I don’t know why this happens, but its the second ink I’ve tried where that the shading line looks very different to the shading in the calligraphy. Any ideas?

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

 

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Water resistance is non-existent but this also meant that cleanup was super easy. Decided to do some colour chromatography with this one –  and was immediately reminded of a Nebula.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

It comes in the standard Rohrer and Klingner 50ml bottle, you can read more about the bottle in this review: Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Bottle

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Bottle

And as always it can be purchased here: Write Gear

M.