Ink Review #756: Lamy Agate


I’m playing with the Lamy Crystal inks this week, and today’s is Lamy Agate. Pen Chalet has some in stock!


The color:

Agate is an unusual grey, with a bit of a green undertone.



In large swabs there’s just a tiny little bit of grey sheen.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. I only saw sheen in large swabs on Tomoe River paper, and even then it was barely there.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink performed well in extra fine and fine nibs, but began feathering in medium and larger nibs.

Comparison Swabs:


Agate is such cooler than Colorverse Matter, but not as cool as Diamine Silver Fox. Click here to see the Lamy inks together, and click here to see the grey inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pelikan M400 White Tortoise with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, this ink is way too light in smaller nib sizes. It was ok in a wet medium nib, but I prefer to use it in broad or flex nibs, just for readability sake. It’s definitely a unique color, but I would suggest sticking to larger nib sizes with it.

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