Ink Review #604: Lamy Azurite


Lamy Dark Lilac has become one of those iconic inks, so when Lamy released Lamy Azurite, I was excited to try it out and see if it’s anywhere near Dark Lilac. As soon as I swabbed it I knew it was way too blue to be similar to Dark Lilac, but I still wanted to play with it. The ink retails for $16 per 30ml bottle.


The color:

Azurite is a bright blue violet, a “blurple” if you will.



In large swabs there is lots of bright green 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: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: low shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was visible in all nib sizes on Tomoe River paper, and only in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in most nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Azurite is similar to Diamine Bilberry and Colorverse Hayabusa, but both are a bit warmer than Azurite. Click here to see the purple inks together, and click here to see the Lamy inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Sailor Pro Gear Slim Purple Cosmos with a zoom nib on Tomoe River paper. I managed to snag this pen on sale with a coupon and couldn’t resist it. It’s one of those pens I told myself I didn’t need, and then regretted not getting it. It’s beautiful in person, and has a fat juicy nib. The ink had an average flow. (Yes, I mislabeled the ink in the picture).

Overall, I like the color, and there is lots of green sheen, but there’s a bit more bleeding than I prefer.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a reader for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.