Ink Review: Lamy NeonCoral

Lamy Neoncoral

I will start by saying that this review was not summoned from the past. No time machine was employed. No ouija boards were used. Nor am I torturing you with a review of an ink that no one could ever get their hands on. This review does not break the Zaxxon rule.*

Fontoplumo unearthed several bottles (you read that correctly, BOTTLES!) of NOS** 2014 Limited Edition Lamy NeonCoral (€7.90) recently and made them available on their web site at the original retail price(!!!).

Lamy Neoncoral

The bottles of Lamy NeonCoral are 30ml and are cute miniature versions of the larger Lamy 50ml bottle. The bottles include the black ring around the bottle but do not include the blotting tape. Its just a faux tape ring. Very cute though.

Lamy Neoncoral

NeonCoral really is a bit neon so its a pain to photograph. It’s vivid and bright and more orange-y coral than it photographs. It photographs more pink. C’mon, world… stop messing with me!  It’s really a cool color. And unlike so many other inks. Trust me when I say this. I have a lot of ink.

Lamy Neoncoral

I was worried that the ink might be too light to write with but in my fine italic stub nib, it is totally legible. It is not one of those inks that is light when wet and then dries darker. It’s pretty much the same color wet and dry, which is nice. I do think its a bit more orange when dry. There’s some shading but not much sheen in the writing. I did see some sheen in the swatch.

Lamy Neoncoral

NeonCoral is still a limited edition ink and hard to acquire. There are some other options available that are similar. J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques is readily available and a bit more orange-y overall. As with all J. Herbin inks, this one can be a little runny, a bit wetter than other inks. It will feather and bleed on more paper than most. Other, more expensive and potentially more difficult-to-acquire options would be Kobe #12 This Pink Hill and Bungbox Lycoris Red. The Kobe ink is a very close match in terms of color and is a Sailor created ink so it will be very well behaved. Lycoris Red is a bit more red but is glows as bright as NeonCoral. Lycoris Red does have a lovely red sheen.

NeonCoral is a really cool color and shows that Lamy can do smart things when they put their minds to it. It makes up for the less-than-stellar releases from the last few years like the stream of LXs and this year’s AL Bronze and last year’s Safari in black-on-black (what was that about?). Sigh.

So, run, don’t walk, to Fontoplumo right now and snap up those last few bottles of NeonCoral. You won’t regret it.

The Giveaway

And finally, I would never leave you hanging. If you don’t nab a bottle of the ink, don’t sweat it. A sweet Canadian reader gave me a pack of NeonCoral cartridges and I am giving them away to one lucky reader. See below to find out how to enter.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below and tell me what color Lamy should make as the next limited edition ink color. Play along and type in something that is an actual color. It makes reading through entries more interesting for me, okay? One entry per person.

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FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Wednesday. Winners will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your actual email address in the comment form (where it say “email address”) so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 7 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class only. US and APO/AFO only, sorry.


DISCLAIMER: Some items included in this review were provided free of charge for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

*The NPR podcast “Pop Culture Happy Hour” holds its hosts to the “Zaxxon Rule,” wherein they are forbidden to bring up topics which are unrelatable to the audience, such as events in one’s personal life. (from Wikipedia)

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  1. I love this neon coral ink! Lamy inks are one of my favorites. I would love for them to make a rose color or maybe a vibrant lavender ink.

  2. I’d love to see a Dark Red/Red-Black as th enext Limited Edition, complete with a matte finished matching Safari.

    On the non-limited front, I think they really need to reintroduce Dark lilac as part of their permenant ink rotation. They really missed an opportunity there when they launched their gem inks.

  3. I’ve been looking for this ink for a couple of years! They should make the perfect burgundy, purplish-red.

  4. I got this ink when it came out. I wonder how close it is to Pantone’s coral color of the year.

    I lack a burgundy ink option. Also a light purple.

  5. It may be ‘impossible’ but I’m getting everything in rose gold lately – how awesome would an ink of that color be? !!!

  6. This is a beautiful color, and I wouldn’t mind writing with it at all! What color should Lamy make next? What about another orange of some sort or even a mustard color?

  7. A bubblegum pink with blue shimmer! If that would be possible. Or a mauve with gold shimmer. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

  8. Ah, Rootbeer Brown! Just popped into my head & won’t leave! Medium brown with the tiniest golden shimmer. Scented…. Mmmm….Too much??

  9. Lamy Neon Coral was my first fountain pen in the Safari – I do not have the ink though, sadly. I would love to see Dark Lilac come back!!

  10. Thank you for doing this give away. How about a red ink with blue sheen – just as something different from the current fad?

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