Ink Review #766: Lamy Benitoite


We’ve finally come to the last of the Lamy Crystal inks, Benitoite. Thanks to Pen Boutique for sending a sample over!


The color:

Benitoite is a medium blue-grey, it could be called an unsaturated blue-black.



In large swabs the ink looks much darker, turning almost black when concentrated.


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: Medium-about half the ink washed away, but it might still be readable.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink ink did pretty well, no bleeding and feathered only in the larger nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Benitoite almost seems like a lighter version of Lamy Blue-Black. Click here to see the Lamy inks together, and click here to see the blue-black inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a TWSBI Eco Transparent Blue with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, it’s a nice ink. I love blue-black inks, but this one is a bit on the light side. I like it best in wetter nibs since it is a bit dry.

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