Ink Review: De Atramentis Charles Dickens


De Atramentis Charles Dickens
Pen: Lamy Safari EF
Paper: Rhodia Dotpad 80gsm

Number 5 in the Perfect Grey Ink coundown is De Atramentis Charles Dickens.  Charles Dickens is part of the Great Writers collection and is classified as "Cement Grey." Even though this was my least favorite of the grey inks that I tried, that's not to say that it's not a great ink.  My reasoning for its place in the list is that it is the least grey of the 5 inks.  Charles Dickens has a very prominent shade of green in it, that almost makes it a dusty green rather than a grey.  Despite that, I still am a fan of it, just not as a grey.  It's a remarkably well-behaved ink, no feathering even on cheap paper.  There was considerable bleedthrough from the ink splatter compared to the other inks, but the regular text produced none.  There is very minimal shading with an EF nib, but there is enough to make me believe that with a wider nib, there would be more.  Dry time was spectacular, at around 5 seconds with my EF nib.

All in all, Charles Dickens is another great ink from De Atramentis.  Since it's not the shade of grey that I'm looking for, the search continues.  Keep an eye out for #4 in the countdown tomorrow!

You can pick up a bottle of De Atramentis Charles Dickens at Goulet or a similar retailer for $12.95.