I am usually not a person...
January 9, 2012
I am usually not a person who reaches for brown, but I have felt for a really
long time now that it'd be nice to have a sepia in case I ever feel like it.
After a long internal battle of to buy or not to buy, I decided heck, it must be
worth SOMETHING. I guess I was expecting a little too much out of this color.
This is a very plain brown. It looks very much like the swab on the chart,
perhaps a bit lighter. The shading isn't as great as J. Herbin's Vert Olive or
Bleu Pervenche, since it's a dry ink. When it dries, it has a sort of waxy look
to it, sort of like the way Zebra Sarasa Clips write, probably because it's a
dry ink. Even though I complain that the color disappointed me, this ink doesn't
go untouched. I still reach for this color every now and then. It's nice when
I'm not feeling up to vibrant colors. I feel like a creamy paper would look
nicer with this ink than regular white paper.
The thing that really breaks my heart is that this ink is not meant for the Lamy
Safari. Did I mention this is a dry ink? Yeah, the ink dries in the Safari if I
don't use it everyday. Even if I do use it everyday, it takes a while to start
up. I neglected the Safari for a week and found a layer of "pudding" under the
nib. Sure, it was easy to clean, but it's still saddening.
I currently have the Cafe des Iles in a Lamy Safari and a Pilot Petit1 and have
been using it for roughly 3 months. The color wasn't what I expected and it's so
dry it makes my eyes water. This ink just isn't for me.
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