Ink Review #764: Lamy Topaz


Today’s ink is Lamy Topaz from the Crystal collection. It’s an interesting brown, with a bit of a red undertone. Pen Chalet has some in stock.


The color:

Topaz is a medium brown with a red undertone.



In large swabs you can see some of the black sheen. It’s an interesting sheen because it almost looks green in the right light.


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: None

Other properties: medium shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is subtle, but it’s there. You can see it in all nib sizes on Tomoe River paper, and in the flex nib on Leuchtturm and Rhodia.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


The closest ink I have to Topaz is Bungubox Piano Mahogany. Colorverse Dark Energy is similar, but it has more red in it. Click here to see the Lamy inks together, and click here to see the brown inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Montegrappa Copper Mule with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, it’s an interesting ink, but I’m not in love with it. The flow was just a bit dry. This would be a good color to use in the autumn, and if you are looking for a sheening brown this might be the color for you.

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.