Will Lamy Bronze take gold or settle for third?
This year the Lamy AL-Star color is Bronze and so is its matching ink… sort of. In reality, it is more of a a bright orange, but it’s still a pretty color. Lamy Bronze comes in the standard 50ml glass bottle or Lamy cartridges. The bottle is shaped like a top and has a ring around the bottom that houses a roll of cleaning paper to use after you’ve filled the pen. It’s an underrated bottle design that is extremely practical. This review was done with a Sailor 1911 F, Lamy AL-Star B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
While Lamy Bronze may actually look like how bronze appears in many circumstances, it is certainly not the color I associate with bronze. However, I am going to set aside the idea that the ink should match the color name and review the ink as it is – a very nice orange. Lamy Bronze shades well in both a fine and broad nib. At its lightest, the ink is a bright marigold color. From there it darkens to a honey amber and then a carrot orange. At its darkest, the ink is a bronzy apricot.
Lamy inks perform just as consistently as the most expensive inks on the market, and that holds true for their special edition colors as well. Lamy Bronze has good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. The ink is moderately saturated, with good dry times at 25-30 seconds. As mentioned, shading is on the moderate to high side, and clean up is easy.
Once I got past the my confusion about the name, I really enjoyed this ink. Is it bronze? Maybe. Is it orange? Definitely. Its color sits between Sailor Apricot and Faber-Castell Burned Orange which is a sweet spot if you ask me. So while bronze may typically represent third place, Lamy Bronze is a winner in my book.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.
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