I inked up the Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Lamy Dark Lilac ink back on May 15th and refilled it once since then. It has an extra fine 23kt palladium nib that I love. The Visconti Homo Sapien is my favorite fountain and has been since I first wrote with it. I’ve been concentrating on using a variety of inks in it. While I may refill the pen with the same ink if I don’t clean it, but once it’s time for a cleaning I pick a brand new ink for the pen. The Lamy Dark Lilac is the sixth ink for this pen.
Lamy Dark Lilac is a Special Edition ink released this year. Actually, it seems to have passed to limited edition status as supplied have already started to dry up. I’ve also been using this ink in a Lamy Safari with a medium nib.
This ink and pen worked fine together, after all I did refill the pen once. But I wasn’t overly impressed with the look of the ink with this pen. It was a rather bland, dark purple on anything but the whitest paper. On the other hand, I really liked the look of this ink with the Lamy medium nib. So, a pen I love and an ink that shows promise in another pen, yet together they are rather bland. The ink performed well, no skipping or hard starts, it just didn’t pop off the page.
The Lamy Dark Lilac, while a fine ink, is not an ink that will return to the Visconti Homo Sapien. It’s still in the Safari and will remain there.
The Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age remains my favorite pen so it will be back in the rotation sooner rather than later.