Ink Review #776: Papier Plume Lake Michigan Winter


Papier Plume created 2 new exclusive inks for the 2019 Chicago Pen Show. A friend was very kind to pick me up a bottle of each, so today’s ink is Papier Plume Lake Michigan Winter.


The color:

Lake Michigan Winter (LMW) is a light blue-green with a cool tone.



In large swabs there is some pretty shading.


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, 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:


LMW is closest to Sailor Ink Studio 264. It’s much cooler and lighter than Papier Plume Lake Michigan Summer. Click here to see the Papier Plume inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pilot Custom 74 in Teal with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I really like this ink. I love Lake Michigan Summer from last year’s show and Lake Michigan Winter is different enough that I’m glad I have both. Sailor Ink Studio 264 is a good alternative if you missed out on LMW.

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.