Ink Review #855: Blackstone Lemur Lime


I enjoy supporting lots of fountain pen retailers, one of which is Lemur Ink. They offer free shipping over $20 and have a variety of products-I usually order my TWSBI pens from them. When I went to the San Francisco Pen Show this year, I got to meet John, the owner of Lemur Ink, and pick up a bottle of their exclusive Blackstone ink, Lemur Lime.


The color:

Lemur Lime is a bright green-yellow lime color.



In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink looks less yellow than it does in writing.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:


Lemur Lime is cooler and darker than Robert Oster Sublime, but warmer and lighter than Colorverse Supernatural. Click here to see the Blackstone inks together, and click here to see the green inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Lamy Al-star Charged Green with an extra-fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow. I ended up priming the converter about 3/4 of the way down the page because it was just too dry and started railroading. Since there isn’t a super tight seal on the pen, the nib developed a bit of ink crud after a few weeks. I’ve noticed nib crud happens the most with bright greens and oranges, usually in pens that don’t have a tight air seal in the cap.

Overall, this ink is surprisingly readable for a bright green, even in extra-fine nibs. I did find it a bit too dry for me in the very fine nibs, but I really enjoyed it in medium and broad nibs. I like the color, and it dries pretty quickly too.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.