Recently Lamy released a new 2016 edition of AL-star fountain pen, rollerball pen as well as eraser callsed ‘Charged Green’. Along this new product/color line Lamy also relesed also a new ink (Charged Green) to match up. Thanks to BureauDirect, UK I received a pack of free sample cartridges to play with…which I did with great deal of curiosity.
When I opened this ink cartridge and splatter few drops over the paper, I was thinking for a while what this color may be similar to? The first thought I had was a lime, especially on my ‘wet paper’ tests. Fine. Then, I came across wonderful Brian Goulet’s review (check this out), where he compared the color of this ink to Avocado. Bingo! That is it! This ink on the paper looks exactly like ripe avocado (inner part). There is more in connection to this. Once you halve your avocado it starts to get darker due to oxidation process going. Lamy charged green changes its color slightly too when is drying. Apart of dominant light green color, there are visible yellow hues and interesting rusty stains (see filtering paper and tissue tests) which develops when ink is drying. When it happens it breaks the lime color a little, which I found a good thing, but I but I believe not everyone would agree with me.
The ink itself is moderately saturated and quite watery which is pretty consistent with the other inks from Lamy I tested recently (check here). Is not water resistant. It has average flow, but writing experience is rather pleasant with most nibs/pens I tried. On smooth Rhodia-like paper it takes good 20 or more seconds to dry completely which may be an issue for many. On more absorbing copy paper drying time is significantly shorter, however the cool shading (which is noticeable on Rhodia) is much less. With flexible nibs shading is different. Line edges are darker, green whereas inner part is more yellow. I found it quite eye appealing.
The only think I struggle with Lamy charged green is its application in my stationary life, which I really can’t find at this moment. It matches pen color well…fine, but in my opinion that is pretty much it. It is cool to play with on the paper but not for day-to-day writing. The color is very light and on some types of paper (forget ivory toned paper) difficult to read. I tried to use it for editing printed text and highlighting it. I think is way too settle for this purpose where you like to have your comments be more visible and standing out. If you are journaling it may works if you like to make part of your journal entry different. Another application where people may find Lamy charged green useful is sketching (especially by cartoonists) where making initial sketch very light is common practice.
I thought that it may have some fluorescence properties, but under the UV lamp I could not see any. However, I may explore this a little more.