I'm assuming that this is precisely the blue that comes with the Lamy Al-Star &
Safari, so most people looking to use those with cartridges already know what
they're getting here. However, as a sort of review for the pen kit itself or for
those looking to pick up a box of refills along with the pen, I can say this:
This is not a standard office pen blue. On regular paper it's actually a very
pretty light blue with a tiny hint of lilac that shows up as it "sets" &
lightens, as much as a day after writing. There is obviously a reason Lamy
provides a blue-black option in cartridges. A pleasant surprise in my opinion,
but something to be aware of.
I really like this ink. It performs excellent on all the papers I have tried it
on, from cheap printer paper to decent Staples yellow docket paper to nice
Japanese notebooks. In my tests, it never feathered but, on my Lamy Safari EF,
there was a tiny amount of ink creeping onto the nib. Seeing that I never touch
the nib while writing, the nib creep isn't a bother for me.
Now to describe the color. I find the color shown on the box to be pretty
accurate of how this ink write on white paper, although the ink is a tiny bit
darker in hue. To some, it might not be dark enough, which is most likely why
Lamy also offers a blue-black option.
I ordered this with a Lamy Safari with an EF nib. Personally, I think the ink is
horrible. It starts as a nice, rich blue color however over time, the saturation
fades and it becomes a very light blue. If the ink did not fade like this, it
would have gotten a 5.