Today: a look at Lamy’s AL-Star mechanical pencil. The AL-Star…
Paper: Rhodia Line (80g/m – 21.3lb)
Pen: Mont Blanc 145, Medium Nib.
For me the bench mark for a grey ink is Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-Same and I think I may have just found another grey ink that can match my love for Kiri-Same.
In someways I actually prefer Faber-Castell Stone Grey as I think it produces a slightly better balance between the light and dark shading it offers. It feels more like a natural progression from the lighter to darker tones. With Kiri-Same it sometimes feels like you leap from a light grey to an almost grey black.
This ink drys pretty much instantly which as much as that is a great feature, I almost wonder if this is actually more of a negative? What I mean by this is that I actually found that I had a few dry starts if I hadn’t used my Mont Blanc 145 for a small period of time. I think I need to use this ink in a few more pens to see if this is the general case or is just a one off.
Otherwise, this is a fantastic ink that will be part of my daily carry.